Submitted by Lee County Health Department
LEE COUNTY – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Lee County Health Department have identified one additional case of COVID-19 in the county who is currently in isolation. The individual’s age range is 61-80 years old.
“We continue to remind residents to take preventive measures to slow the spread of this virus,” said Lee County Health Department Administrator, Michele Ross. “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 office. The provider may have special instructions for you and will determine if you should be tested.
All residents should:
⦁ Stay home as much as possible. Leave only for essential errands like groceries or getting medication. When you run these errands, send only one person from the household, if possible and consider wearing a mask.
⦁ Stay home when even mildly ill (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities)
⦁ Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm.
⦁ Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
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.
The first positive test for the coronavirus in Lee County came on April 3 when an individual in the same age range tested positive. As of Friday, 81 of the state’s 99 counties had a least one positive case.