coronavirus

KNOXVILLE — There were 14 new disease cases reported in Marion County Sunday morning by the state.

Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health showed the increase in total cases between 10 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, the county's positivity rate over the last 14 days, as reported by the state, dropped slightly to 16%.

There were six new cases reported in Mahaska County, which currently has a positivity rate of 8.2%.

Statewide, there were 750 new cases of the disease reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health. There were five new deaths, 170 new recoveries, and 6,084 new individuals tested in the last 24 hours.

The top-five counties in terms of single-day case growth were Polk (127), Story (52), Johnson (50), Linn (50), and Black Hawk (28).

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets. It is often mild and some individuals remain asymptomatic or have only cold or flu symptoms. But the disease can be more severe, require hospitalization and lead to death, particularly in older or immunocompromised people.

Experts, including those at the CDC, say wearing masks when in public, keeping at least 6 feet of distance between people when possible, and good hygiene can prevent the spread.

The Oskaloosa Herald relies on data reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health, using its coronavirus data dashboard at coronavirus.iowa.gov. Data is checked each day at 10 a.m. and then compared to the data previously captured from the dashboard to produce stories.

The state has changed how it reported the data several times, and local officials often produce data based on different standards or in different timeframes. Therefore, the data will not always align with other sources.

Kyle Ocker is the group editor of the Oskaloosa Herald and the Ottumwa Courier. He can be reached at kocker@oskyherald.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

Group Editor

Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the first vice president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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