The following is a release from the Lee County Health Department in the wake of this week’s surge in positive COVID cases. It is run in it’s entirety
FORT MADISON – Lee County Health Department wishes to inform the public of an increase in community-level spread of COVID-19 cases since Monday. From July 20, 2020 through July 24, 2020, 9 new active cases have been reported and investigated. The current positive case count to date is 68, with 21 cases still considered active. This week’s case count is tied with having the highest number of cases over the last 12 weeks.
In light of these increases, LCHD would like to remind the public of the importance to continue practicing social distancing from those outside of your own household, wear a face covering or mask when out in public, avoid large gatherings of people especially when social distancing cannot be maintained and other public health mitigation measures are not in place. Residents should make informed decisions about protecting their own health and that of others.
LCHD also supports and is promoting #StepUpMaskUpIA. We hope everyone recognizes and understands that wearing a face covering in public is more than a simple gesture or courtesy, it protects others and can reduce COVID-19 spread.
LCHD encourages all large-scale event planners to consider cancelling scheduled events involving mass gatherings in 2020. When making decisions, all event planners should carefully review information on the CDC link https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/considerations-for-events-gatherings.html . This guidance also includes the link https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/COVID19-events-gatherings-readiness-and-planning-tool.pdf a community readiness planning tool.