Local Public Health Agencies Say They're In Close Contact With Iowa Dept. Of Public Health Regarding Any Threats Of Coronavirus

Thu 3-5-2020

(Spencer)-- Local public health agencies say they are working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health to prepare for any potential threats of COVID-19, or Coronavirus. As of Wednesday, no one in Iowa has tested positive for it.

Public health officials urge everyone to take steps to prevent the spread of all viruses by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow; wash your hands regularly with soap and water and stay home if your sick.

They add symptoms of COVID-19 are not distinguishable from other respiratory illnesses such as influenza or RSV. If someone is experiencing symptoms such as fever and shortness of breath, healthcare providers will also ask if the symptoms occurred within 14 days of travel to an affected geographical region or if they have been in contact with an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Anyone concerned that due to their travels in a country where the risk is high or if they have been in contact with someone with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 should contact their local Public Health Office and care provider.

Local public health officials are urging residents to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 by making a plan and discussing it with your family. Questions to consider would include what would you do if you could not go to work or school due to illness? What if your daycare provider was ill? And how would you get groceries if you were Ill?