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First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Marshall County

by dcornwell last modified 2020-03-26 02:35 PM

Marshall County Board of Health

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2020

Contact: Pat Thompson, BSN, R.N.
641-844-2799

First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Marshall County
A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Marshall County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is self-isolating at home.
“While this is Marshall 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 Marshall County Public Health Director Pat Thompson. These actions include:
• Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
• Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.
• Staying home when ill.
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 7 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-Iss…/Novel-Coronavirus and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

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COVID-19 Case Talking Points for LPH
Issued: 03/19/2020

There is an expanding global pandemic of respiratory illness called COVID-19 caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Community spread if being detected across the world, and in the U.S. and Iowa. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

A case(s) of COVID-19 has/have been confirmed in our county.
• We are working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC, as well as local public and private partners to respond to and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
o Although this may be the county’s first case, it may not be the last, so it’s important for residents to make prevention a priority.
 Practice social distancing.
• Stay away from gatherings of people.
• Maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and others.
 Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20-seconds each time.
 Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.
 Stay home when ill – even mildly ill.

• About 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19 will experience only mild to moderate illness.
o People who are mildly to moderately ill DO NOT need to be tested to confirm they have COVID-19.
o People who are mildly to moderately ill DO NOT need to see their healthcare provider.
 If they feel they need to see a health care provider, they should CALL before going into the office. The healthcare provider may have special instructions for their visit.
o Even people who are mildly to moderately ill need to stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house until:
 They have had no fever for at least 72 hours (three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
AND
 Other symptoms have improved (for example, their cough or shortness of breath have improved)
AND
 At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

Everyone can do his or her part to help respond to COVID-19.
• Every-day prevention methods are very important:
o Wash your hands frequently.
o Stay home if you are ill.
o Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

• Perform routine cleaning.
o Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) with the cleaners typically used. Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label.

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