KNOXVILLE — The 14-day positivity rate in Marion County dropped below 15%, as the county saw five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported Tuesday.

From 10 a.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health's coronavirus data dashboard reported five new cases in the county and 40 new individuals tested.

The positivity rate lowed to 14.6% as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, though had risen back up to 14.8% within two hours.

There were no new cases reported in Mahaska County, and the 14-day positivity rate was 9.2%.

Statewide there were 340 new cases of the disease reported Tuesday with six new deaths. The state was reporting 502 new recoveries and 2,565 new individuals tested.

The top-five counties in terms of case growth between Monday and Tuesday were Polk (40), Johnson (34), Story (27), Linn (24), and Woodbury (21).

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 coronavirus.iowa.gov. 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 kocker@oskyherald.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

Group Editor

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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