Mitchell County confirms first 2 cases of COVID-19

Mitchell County confirms first 2 cases of COVID-19

Created: March 31, 2020 03:50 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has reported that 2 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Mitchell County.

“While this is Mitchell County’s first two cases, it may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” said Mitchell County Public Health Director, Laura Huisman.


Preventative 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.

IDPH said around 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19 will most likely experience mild to moderate illness and that most mildly ill people do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19.  Instead they are asking mildly sick people to stay home and isolate from others.

Isolation guidelines include:

  • 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).
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved).
  • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

IDPH is asking that if you may need healthcare to call your provider first so they can assess whether you need to be seen in person or if you can recover at home.

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