COVID-19

OSKALOOSA — Marion County had another 62 cases of the coronavirus, according to new state data reported Tuesday.

Between 10 a.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported an increase of 1,813 cases of the virus statewide. There were 13 added in Mahaska County in that time period.

Another seven Iowans have died from the virus, though none were from the area.

Statewide hospitalizations with COVID-19 were down slightly to 582 as of Tuesday morning. There were 115 in an intensive care unit.

Iowa’s 14-day positivity rate continued a climb to 13.4%. Marion County’s rate was up to 20.4% while Mahaska County was down to 18.8%.

West Ridge Specialty Care returned to the state’s long-term care outbreaks data, and has had 14 cases in the last two weeks.

To date in Iowa, there have been 3,999 die from the coronavirus.

Vaccine distribution continues in the state. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last updated Monday morning, showed that 55,495 have received the first of two doses in the state. There’s been about 116,000 doses distributed to Iowa.

In the U.S., about 4.5 million have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The state is currently distributing the vaccine to the group in Phase 1A, which include front-line health care workers and long-term care residents and staff.

State officials are still reviewing recommendations on the next phase of vaccine rollout in Iowa.

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.

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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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