First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Ida County

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5/12/20

 

 

First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Ida County

 

A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Ida County.  The individual is in the age range of 41-60.

“While this is Ida County’s first case, it may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” said Rebecca Burns, Ida County Public Health Coordinator.  These actions include:

All residents should:

·       Stay home as much as possible. Leave only for essential errands like groceries or getting medication. When you run these errands, send only one person from the household, if possible.

·       Stay home when even mildly ill (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities)

·       Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm.

·       Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19, will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house. Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:

·       You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)

AND

·       other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)

AND

·       at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

If you think you may need healthcare, call first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home. There may also be options for you to talk to a medical provider from home using technology. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.