There were 2,013 new coronavirus cases Sunday, with 15 new deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Marion County residents accounted for 12 of those new virus cases, which appeared in the state’s coronavirus database between Saturday and Sunday. There were six new cases reported in Mahaska County residents in that time period.

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

Around the state, there were 4,559 Iowans tested for the first time, with 1,092 new recoveries reported.

There were 1,175 hospitalized with COVID-19, and 235 in an intensive care unit. There were 131 new admissions in the last 24 hours.

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 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 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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