OSKALOOSA — New state data on Saturday showed another 616 individuals were positive for the coronavirus.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 6 deaths caused by the virus. The state regularly reports deaths on a delay, taking days and weeks to add deaths publicly after a verification process. To date, there have been 5,849 deaths reported in Iowa.

None of the new deaths were in the Herald's coverage area.

There were 6 new cases in Marion County reported. Updated data also included 5 new cases in Mahaska.

Iowa has now given 1,727,957 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Iowa residents, which is 44,333 more than the prior day. As of Saturday, the state has given one dose of the vaccine to roughly 12.3% of its population. About 23.3% have received both doses.

Marion County leads the Herald's coverage area in the percent of its population that has been fully vaccinated. The county ranks 61st in Iowa, with 7,510 receiving all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 3,383 have received the first dose.

In Mahaska County, there have been 4,015 receive all required doses of the vaccine, which ranks 94th in Iowa in terms of rate of completed vaccination series. There have been another 1,813 receive the first dose to date.

The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 decreased to 218 as of Saturday morning. There were 52 in an intensive care unit.

Out of Herald area counties, the 14-day test positivity rate was highest in Mahaska County at 4.2%. It was lowest in Marion County at 2.9%.

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