COVID-19

OSKALOOSA — There are 17 Iowa counties that will receive the newly approved, single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. One of them is Marion County.

The Iowa Department of Public Health on Monday reported more than 100,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed around the state this week.

The distribution will include 25,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which will be distributed to Marion, Black Hawk, Buena Vista, Cerro Gordo, Clarke, Crawford, Dallas, Dubuque, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Sioux, Tama and Wright.

The counties were selected based on the amount of population included frontline essential workers in food, agriculture, distribution and manufacturing sectors.

The vaccine by Johnson & Johnson was shown to prevent hospitalizations and death in clinical trials 100% of the time, and was 85% effective at preventing severe illness from the coronavirus. It requires a single dose, whereas the vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech require two shots. The vaccine from Johnson & Johnson can also be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures, making it less logistically complex to handle and administer.

New state data on Monday showed another 196 individuals were positive for the coronavirus.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported one new death 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 5,472 deaths reported in Iowa.

The new death was not in the Herald's coverage area.

There were 2 new cases in Marion County reported. Updated data also included 1 new cases in Mahaska.

Iowa has now given 679,016 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Iowa residents. As of Monday, the state has given one dose of the vaccine to roughly 11% of its population. About 5.7% 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 1,042 receiving both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 3,298 have received the first dose.

In Mahaska County, there have been 443 receive both doses of the vaccine, which ranks 94th in Iowa in terms of rate of completed vaccination series. There have been another 2,072 receive the second dose to date.

The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 197 as of Monday morning. There were 48 in an intensive care unit.

Out of Herald area counties, the 14-day test positivity rate was highest in Marion County at 4.6%. It was lowest in Mahaska County at 3.4%.

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