LCHD officials strongly encouraging residents to stick to health guidelines to help reduce transmission
(The following is a press release from the Lee County Health Department printed in it’s entirety)
LEE CONTY – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Lee County Health Department have identified two additional cases of COVID-19 in the county, both are adults who are currently in isolation. This makes 11 confirmed cases in Lee County to date.
“Due to the increasing cases of COVID -19 illness is in our county, Lee County Health Department highly recommends all community members to continue following public health guidance to help reduce transmission of COVID-19 illness and exposures,” said Michele Ross, LCHD Administrator.
Guidance includes remaining in self-isolation away from others at home when you have symptoms of COVID-19 illness or have had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19; covering your cough and sneezes; washing your hands frequently; social distancing at least 6-feet apart away from others when outside your home, and calling your doctor first if you need medical care.
As certain businesses or facilities are planning to reopen at 50% capacity on or after May 1, 2020 under the Governor’s proclamation, LCHD also encourages the following to both business owners and the public:
• Follow CDC guidance related to Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities (on LCHD website);
• Encourage and provide supplies to allow for frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing for your employees and the public;
• Provide reminders to your employees and members of the public to stay at least 6 feet away from others when in the facility and mark six-foot intervals when possible;
• Post signage at the door indicating no one should enter the establishment if they currently have symptoms or have been around anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 14 days;
• If an employee or a member of the public becomes ill when at the facility, ask them to share that information with management, leave the facility and then call their health care provider;
• Members of the public and employees should consider the use of cloth face coverings (when practical) if staying at least 6 feet away from others is not possible;
• Anyone who is high risk for more severe COVID-19 illness should continue to stay home;
• Businesses should continue to follow IDPH’s business guidance related to preventing, detecting and reporting outbreaks;
• Businesses should use messaging to remind employees of steps they should be taking to protect their own health while at work.
We encourage interested residents to visit Iowa’s Coronavirus Dashboard, https://coronavirus.iowa.gov, if interested in knowing additional county testing data, confirmed case counts, and other useful information.
Lee County Health Department website, www.leecountyhd.org, and their Facebook page, will continue to be updated with information as well.