(Mason City) – Thursday, May 14th, 2020
Contact: Emily Dunbar, Public Information Officer, (641) 421-9345
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.
Tattoo Guidance for Studios During COVID-19
Starting tomorrow, barbershops, tattoo establishments, salons and massage therapists are allowed to reopen. In response to this announcement, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) created reopening guidance for tattoo establishments with restrictions.
Please consult CG Public Health at 641-421-9300 with questions about how to implement this guidance. In addition to following all directives of the Governor as outlined in proclamations, entities considering reopening are strongly encouraged to adhere to the following public health guidance. The document can be found on the IDPH Novel Coronavirus webpage here: https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus/Guidance.
As many of us have heard, testing is very important because it provides data that helps us identify, track and contain the virus in our community. We would like to address some concerns and questions the public has about the testing process. Testing is like getting a test for the flu. Health providers use the same supplies (nasal swab that gets put in liquid for viruses) as for flu to collect a specimen, then it is sent off to an approved lab for testing. It is important to note that receiving the test may feel uncomfortable but knowing if you’re positive or not will help protect those around you.
It is critical that individuals who are experiencing symptoms call the MercyOne Family Health Line at 641-428-7777. Positive and negative test results are communicated back to health care providers and IDPH. This is a mandatory order that is the same as for other reportable diseases.
City of Clear Lake Updates
Yesterday, City Administrator Scott Flory provided some updates on the status of the reopening for some businesses in Clear Lake. Below is a summary of those announcements:
For continual updates, please visit the City of Clear lake’s website at https://www.cityofclearlake.com/.