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OSKALOOSA — Two more local residents have died due to the coronavirus, new state data reported Tuesday.

Iowa reported 83 more deaths on Tuesday, raising the state's death tally to 4,222. The Associated Press, citing researchers from Johns Hopkins University, reported that Iowa held the 17th highest death capita rate in the United States.

Death reports are delayed by days and weeks while they are confirmed. The new deaths reported Tuesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health include deaths that occurred as far back as Nov. 9.

One death was a Marion County male over the age of 80 with pre-existing conditions.  The other was a Mahaska County female over the age of 80 with pre-existing conditions.

More than half of Iowa's 99 counties have a 14-day positivity rate of more than 15%. Experts from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a rate of 5% is safe.

Iowa's positivity rate was down slightly to 14.1%, the state public health department reported Tuesday.

The rate was down to 19.4% in Marion County and down to 9.7% in Mahaska County.

State data showed another 1,199 cases of the coronavirus confirmed in Iowa. Of those, 21 were in Marion County and eight were in Mahaska County.

There were 3,454 more individuals tested for the virus, and another 2,595 were reportedly recovered.

In Iowa, there were 552 hospitalized with COVID-19 and 90 in an intensive care unit. There were 62 new admissions in the last 24 hours.

Numbers from the CDC report there have been 98,691 Iowans who have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Nationwide, nearly 9 million have been vaccinated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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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