OSKALOOSA — New state data on Saturday showed another 115 individuals were positive for the coronavirus.
The Iowa Department of Public Health reported another eight 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 5,878 deaths reported in Iowa.
One of the state's new deaths was reported in Mahaska County, which is the 50th death in the county since the pandemic began.
There was one new case in Marion County reported. Updated data included no new cases in Mahaska.
Iowa has now given 1,930,774 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Iowa residents, which is 33,555 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 27% 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 56th in Iowa, with 8,769 receiving all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 2,796 have received the first dose.
In Mahaska County, there have been 4,462 receive all required doses of the vaccine, which ranks 97th in Iowa in terms of rate of completed vaccination series. There have been another 1,872 receive the first dose to date.
The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 233 as of Saturday morning. There were 50 in an intensive care unit.
Out of Herald area counties, the 14-day test positivity rate was highest in Mahaska County at 4.6%. It was lowest in Marion County at 1.9%.