COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update
A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID-19 in Iowa provided by Iowa Department of Public Health can be found at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/#CurrentStatus. For Cerro Gordo County data, visit https://cghealth.com/?page_id=3754.
Updated Travel Guidance for COVID-19
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has updated the travel guidance for those persons with symptoms of COVID-19. IDPH is no longer recommending those to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home from travel outside of Iowa and within the United States. It is important to note this applies to travelers who remain well and have not been identified as a close contact of an ill individual.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Cerro Gordo County JIC recommends the public to limit travel, especially if you are vulnerable to COVID-19 (60 years of age or older and/or have underlying conditions). Traveling to visit friends and family increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. It is possible for someone to have COVID-19 and spread it to others, even if they have no symptoms. Getting infected may be especially dangerous if you or your loved ones are at higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19.
If you do decide to travel, travelers should:
The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend that persons returning from international travel stay home for 14 days after they return. For additional information related to travel, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
Commencement and Senior Recognition Information for Local School Districts
The Mason City High School Senior Awards Ceremony will be held as a virtual event on Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m. All scholarships and senior awards will be presented, and special presentations will be made by donors and staff. This recording will be accessible through the Mason City Community School District website as well as an online format in partnership with the Globe Gazette. Awards, certificates, and plaques will be mailed and/or delivered to students. The district is preparing two options for the Graduation Commencement Ceremony.
Similar options are planned for the Academic Hall of Fame ceremony. The first option remains hopeful that a live, in-person ceremony may be held in on Sunday, June 7 at 12:30 p.m. in the FEMA Safe room. If restrictions remain in place that would not allow for gatherings of groups of people, a more intimate live format of the induction into the Academic Hall of Fame will be scheduled on Wednesday, June 10 for each eligible student and their 4 guests.
Details of these event plans and the various options can be found on the district’s website, www.masoncityschools.org, in the “COVID-19 Emergency Closure Updates” article on the home page.
Clear Lake High School has announced its high school graduation ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 21st at 2 p.m. in the Clear Lake High School gym. If this date is recommended to be rescheduled, Sunday, July 19th at 2 p.m., will be the backup date for graduation. If you have any questions please contact Chris Murphy, Clear Lake High School Principal, at [email protected].
Newman Catholic School will announce their plan for their high school graduation ceremony this week. This information will be announced via press release, on all Newman social media pages, and at www.newmancatholic.org.