OSKALOOSA — The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 10 new deaths statewide on Wednesday, meaning 4,232 Iowans have confirmed deaths due to complications caused by the coronavirus.

Death reports are delayed by days and weeks as state officials work to confirm them before they are reported in state data. The deaths reported Wednesday occurred as far back as October, and as recently as last week.

Between 10 a.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Iowa added another 1,845 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Of those, 19 were in Mahaska County and 18 were in Marion.

The statewide 14-day positivity rate dropped to 14%, nearly three times the level regarded as safe by the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hospitals in Iowa were caring for 516 patients that had COVID-19, a drop of 36 from Tuesday. There were 79 in an intensive care unit.

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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