The following is Monday, March 23 press release from the Lee County Health Department printed in it’s entirety
LEE COUNTY – Lee County is advising residents what they can do to help limit the potential spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. As of the morning of March 23rd, no one in Lee County has tested positive for COVID-19.
“Since the start of this outbreak, Lee County Health Department has worked closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to monitor potential cases of COVID-19,” said Michele Ross, Lee County Health Department Administrator. “We have and will continue to work with our local, state and national partners to be ready for when the virus does come to Lee County.”
There are things all Lee County residents can do to help prevent the spread of all viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:
• Contain germs by staying home when ill
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
• Clean hands frequently with soap and water
• Encourage recommended social distancing including no gathering with groups of people, use take-out and delivery options for restaurants, maintain a 6’ space with others when possible, and stay home as much as possible.
Symptoms of the COVID-19 in people who have been exposed can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
For information and updates related to COVID-19, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow IDPH on Facebook (@IowaDepartmentofPublicHealth) and Twitter (@IAPublicHealth.