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COVID-19 Daily Update- Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Statement from Brian Hanft, CG Public Health Director- 3/23/3030

“Iowa now has a total of 90 positive cases of COVID-19, IDPH announced 3/22/2020. 1,215 negative tests have been conducted at the State Hygienic Lab. This does not include tests sent to national labs. To have a flow of consistent communication, a press conference with CG Public Health, MercyOne North Iowa and the City of Mason City will be held weekly to provide an update on COVID-19. More information with be sent out tomorrow.

As we know, our first cases of COVID-19 were announced this weekend for Cerro Gordo County. The new steps added to the Governor’s proclamation is asking more businesses to close in effort to limit the spread of the virus. We recognize a lot of families and people have had to make sacrifices in the past weeks. Call your neighbors and see if they have everything they need, and are okay. If they need something, call the COVID-19 Call Center at 641-494-3547. Each and every one of us have to make ‘staying home’ our new normal to ensure we as a community have the capacity to respond to the virus. We have amazing  people working on this 24/7. We will get through this together. “

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Additional Closures Added to Governor Reynolds Proclamation

(Mason City) – Governor Kim Reynolds signed more additions to the Disaster Emergency Proclamation closing all hair salons, medical spas, barber shops, massage therapists, tattoo shops and swimming pools beginning this Sunday, at 10 p.m., The proclamation is in effect until March 31st. She has also suspended foreclosures on residential, commercial and agriculture properties.

There are now 90 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. There are 2 cases in Cerro Gordo County, and 1 in Kossuth County. Contact tracing is completed to identify those who have come in close contact with someone who is infected with a virus. This helps those contacts get care if needed and prevent further transmission of the virus. This is currently happening with positive cases. The Iowa Department of Public Health has decided not to release information on times and locations where infected COVID-19 individuals have visited. Please see the following statement from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

“IDPH is not releasing details of locations, times, etc. because there is no public health action recommended that is different from what we are advising all Iowans to take. Since we know there is community spread, all Iowans should be practicing social distancing, staying home when ill, and monitoring their symptoms, regardless of community exposures.”

CG Public Health and MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center are working in partnership to ensure all persons who are tested receive results. “We have been working around the clock, 7 days a week, preparing for our response to positive cases with local partners such as MercyOne North Iowa, School Districts, Cerro Gordo County Emergency Management, Clear Lake and Mason City First Responders and more,” says Brian Hanft the Director of CG Public Health. “We are communicating daily, acquiring resources, planning childcare for essential services, reviewing hospital surge plans, providing guidance as we learn of new information, and completing contact tracing on infected individuals. It’s important to remember these additional steps are in place to help protect our community and limit the spread of COVID-19.”

Everyone can do their part to help respond to COVID-19 by staying home when you can, washing your hands frequently, staying home when sick, and cover coughs and sneezes with your upper arm or elbow.

For more guidance on isolation, even if you’re feeling fine, please visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/7/3_22_20%20Isolation%20guidance%20for%20Iowans.pdf.

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID-19 in Iowa provided by IDPH can be found at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus. For more information about COVID-19, please visit CG Public Health’s website at cghealth.com. Follow CG Public Health on Facebook and Twitter (@CGPublicHealth).

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