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1st case of COVID-19 confirmed in Chickasaw County

RELEASE FROM CHICKASAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH:

“First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Chickasaw County

A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Chickasaw County. The age range is 18-40 years old.  According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is self-isolating at home. 

“While this is Chickasaw 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 Chickasaw County Public Health Director Lisa Welter. “It’s important for everyone to stay home as much as possible and to practice social distancing – this simply means to stay away from groups of people, and to keep a 6-foot distance from other individuals.”

Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever (100.4 or greater) and shortness of breath.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should call your health care provider before going into the clinic or hospital.  The provider may have special instructions for you and will determine if you should be tested.

All residents should:

  • Staying home when ill (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities).
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.

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.”

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Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.

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