OSKALOOSA — Three more area residents have died from the coronavirus, according to new state data as of Saturday morning.

The Iowa Department of Public Health added the deaths of 48 more Iowans to its coronavirus data dashboard between Friday and Saturday. Two of them were from Marion County, and one was from Mahaska.

The new deaths raise the death toll in the pandemic to 49 in Marion County and 35 in Mahaska County.

An analysis of the state’s data shows both deaths in Marion County were people over the age of 70-years-old with pre-existing conditions. One was female, and one was male.

In Mahaska County, the death was a female over the age of 80 with pre-existing conditions.

Iowa added 48 deaths to their data on Saturday. None, however, occurred in the last 24 hours. Death reports lag by days and weeks as officials confirm them. In the case of Saturday, some deaths were delayed by months.

New deaths added by the state public health department were backdated as far back as May 12. There were 38 deaths backdated to October. The most recent death from today’s reporting was from Dec. 12.

So far in the pandemic, 3,946 Iowans have died from the coronavirus, according to state data.

There were 709 new cases of COVID-19 reported between Friday and Saturday, with 2,056 new individuals tested for the virus. There were 1,990 new recoveries reported.

Mahaska County added four new cases while Marion County added two.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state were roughly level, decreasing by three patients to 572 as of Saturday morning. Intensive care unit usage was up slightly from the prior day to 119. There were 88 new admissions in the last 24 hours.

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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