OSKALOOSA — The coronavirus pandemic has led to three more deaths of Mahaska County residents, according to new state data on Friday.

The Iowa Department of Public Health added 34 deaths from the state, including three Mahaska residents. Those residents were all above the age of 80 years old with pre-existing conditions.

The state takes days, and many times weeks, to report deaths while officials work to verify the information. To date, Iowa has reported 5,067 deaths since the pandemic began.

Marion County added 13 more cases of the coronavirus, on a day the state reported 795 new cases from 3,398 new individuals tested. There were seven new cases in Mahaska.

Marion County ranks 20th in the state in terms of percentage of residents receiving both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. So far, 842 residents have received two doses of a vaccine, or about 2.5%. Mahaska County ranks 93rd in the state, with less than one percent receiving both vaccine doses.

Statewide, about 2.3% of Iowans have received both doses.

Hospitalizations in Iowa were down to 348 as of Friday morning, with 66 in an intensive care unit.

Kyle Ocker is the 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 president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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