COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update
(Mason City) – Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID-19 in Iowa provided by IDPH can be found at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/#CurrentStatus. For Cerro Gordo County data, visit https://cghealth.com/?page_id=3754.
State of Iowa Launches New Testing Initiative
Today Gov. Reynolds announced the launch of a new initiative called Test Iowa. This COVID-19 testing initiative originated in Utah and now Iowa is just the second state in the U.S. to launch the initiative. The goal is to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing so Iowans can have better access to testing and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to get us back to normal as quickly as possible. The Test Iowa Initiative includes an assessment that was developed in coordination with the Iowa Department of Public Health and it will better inform Iowans of their current health status, whether or not they should get a COVID-19 test, and instructions on how to get tested. The assessment asks about existing symptoms and occupational considerations. From there, you may or may not be directed to a drive through testing site located near you. If your test results are positive, we will ask you to answer some questions to help isolate the infection rate; for example, who you might have been in contact with and where you have traveled recently. Gov. Reynolds is urging all Iowans to complete the assessment to determine where to establish testing sites, and which regions of Iowa can reopen by analyzing this data.
We are assessing how this initiative will apply to response operations at the local level. We will be providing more information and updates as this initiative develops. Please go to www.testiowa.com to take the assessment.
Celebrating Earth Day During a Pandemic
Tomorrow is the 50th Celebration of Earth Day! Earth Day started in 1970 with the purpose of raising awareness and demonstrating support for environmental protection. Even though a lot of fun events in our county have been cancelled, Clear Lake and Mason City have some activities that you can do safely.
The City of Clear Lake has 7 tips that all people and families can do tomorrow:
For more information on what Clear Lake is doing for Earth Day, visit https://clearlakeiowa.com/blogs/chamber-blog/observing-earth-day-in-a-pandemic/ . Jan Lovell, from CL Tel, will be on the press conference tomorrow as well discussing these tips as well.
The City of Mason City is still encouraging citizens to participate in the Earth Day clean up, even though the 2020 Earth Day Festival is cancelled. If you want to celebrate, please follow the items below: