Lee County sees first COVID-19 positive

The following is a release printed in it’s entirety from the Lee County Health Department

LEE COUNTY – A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Lee County. The individual is self-isolating at home and is in the 61-80 age range, according to Lee County Health Department Administrator Michele Ross.
As Lee County Health Department follows all confidentiality laws, no additional information will be released. The Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 website will include the Lee County case number and age range tomorrow.
“While this is Lee 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 Michele Ross, Lee County Health Department Administrator. 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.
•Maintaining at least 6 feet apart from others
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-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

17 thoughts on “Lee County sees first COVID-19 positive

  1. Maybe names or atleast town info would be helpful incase any of us had interaction with them or where they have been.others that had contact should quarantine too.

  2. I can understand not giving out the name(s), however the locations they have been would be if benefit to all.

  3. Let’s say you discover that this individual who tested positive has been doing their grocery shopping at Fareway. Armed with this bit of data, you alter your behavior and start shopping at HyVee – even though Fareway does an incredible job of cleaning and sanitizing during the overnight hours and most likely has removed any trace of the virus this person may have left in the store.

    During your first visit to HyVee, you end up sharing the grocery store with a few individuals who also have the virus but are asymptomatic. You pick up a can of green beans that one of these people also picked up, and then replaced on the shelf. After putting the can in your cart, you rub your eyes momentarily. As a result, you contract the virus.

    This is not meant as a critique on who does the better job of store cleaning. It’s only to point out that there are so many variables in play right now, having one bit of information does nothing to benefit you one way or the other. Had you not been made aware of this person’s shopping habits, you might have continued shopping at Fareway and avoided the virus altogether.

    As Mr. Vandenberg pointed out in his exceptionally written and commonsensical article, let the health department do their contact tracing and notification of at-risk people. The best we can do is to continue following the recommendations on hand washing and personal hygiene that have been advised since the beginning of this virus.

    1. No they should definitly give names and locations in a time like this.we need every bit of info we can get now not later.the person could have infected people still working in public.if that person was around more people than can remember those people are now spreading this without a clue.if we are going to be shutdown and locked up we the people want answers.right now is not the time for privacy of individuals when those individuals are infecting others.this isnt time for secrets.tell us everything.it will save lives.
      the government played this out to be like a plague and then tells us not to go to work not to go to school ect and have us in panic mode but when they tell us theres positive people they say to stay locked inside with our hands in the sink..
      Our government needs to rain down on the university of wuhan and china for releasing this virus.china owes the world.they sell lab animals to the wet market 3 blocks from the university.that is probably how this got out.
      And id bet they have vaccine cure already too.they have been playing with this virus for years,you cant tell me they dont know much about it..
      Keeping info secret is what caused this to spread to where it is so might as well keep doing what doesnt work….

    1. Noy only ignorant but its also pathetic at this point.its been over 3 years of TDS..TDS sufferers are delusional and psychotic and should be heavily medicated..their ramblings make no sense to anyone.their opinions are worthless and so are their point of views because they lack logic and facts.
      most are jobless and bad parents dependent on government for everything.they mostly contribute nothing to society but hate.
      we are full on hate.weve had enough.time to stop the hate..time to give the president respect.time to come together as Americans.time is now all we got and what we do with it is what really matters.weve wasted enough time already.

    1. Most of the country has forfeited their basic rights in exchange to protect themselves and others.the same could apply here..

  4. Considering the Iowa public health website still says one case (in lee Co) doesn’t look like they were wandering around coughing on everybody huh?

    1. Lots of people sick and are not able to be tested.it was a pastor.he was tested in davenport and drove to keokuk to self quarantine there.he is a pastor so yes he probably coughed on alot of people up to being tested.
      Theres not enough people around here getting tested to know.few have been tested and it takes most of the week to get results.

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