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.
Reopening Guidance for Statewide Mass Gatherings (Spiritual and Religious Gatherings)
This week, Gov. Reynolds is allowing spirit and religious gatherings to hold services effective today. If places of worship decide to host services, they must implement reasonable accommodations to ensure social distancing standards. Weddings and funerals are not covered under this. To ensure worship can occur safely, we are outlining the following recommendations and guidelines.
All the items above apply to all the newly reopened portions of our community. If you are questioning how you will execute this, please call CG Public Health for assistance. Sincerely consider if your place of worship can apply the statewide mass gathering guidelines above. If you cannot, we suggest carrying out events/worship virtually until you can. For the full detailed guidance released by IDPH, please visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/61/covid19/Guidance%20-%20Religious%20Facilities%20and%20Places%20of%20Worship.pdf.
Know How to Get Tested for COVID-19
Recently, we have received some questions regarding north Iowa’s testing access/capacity and how to get tested. Currently, MercyOne North Iowa has administered 1,457 tests since March 24th. On average, roughly 40 tests are provided each day. 791 tests have been administered for residents of Cerro Gordo.
Cerro Gordo County specific data is updated and available to the public at coronavirus.iowa.gov and cghealth.com. There is no shortage of testing kits. With that said, it is important to know how to get tested if you have recently been exposure or are exhibiting the following symptoms below:
We suggest completing the Coronavirus Self-Checker (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html) or the Test Iowa assessment (testiowa.com) to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. If you are not feeling well, call your provider or the MercyOne Family Health Line at 641-428-7777 to undergo an initial phone screening. They will provide instructions for testing if deemed necessary per the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines. If you do get tested, expect testing results within 3-5 days due to the high-volume of tests being completed in Iowa. Regardless if you get tested or not, you should stay home until you are fever/symptom free for 3 days (72 hours) or at least seven days have past since your symptoms first appeared. Staying home when you are sick is vital to limiting the spread of COVID-19. View the self-isolation guidelines at https://cghealth.com/?topic=coronavirus.
Maps for Mason City Restaurants and Businesses on Re-Opening Status
Citizens can find out the status of their favorite restaurants and businesses through maps of Mason City establishments. The restaurant map will be an updated version of the current map, providing location and information to reflect options for dine-in, carryout, curbside pick-up and/or delivery. The retail/business map provides location and information to reflect which businesses are open for walk-in traffic as well as those who continue to offer alternative shopping options. The maps will provide up-to-date information of the restaurants and businesses and how they are conducting business during the COVID-19 pandemic. This information will be updated regularly as the status changes. Check back periodically as the information on the maps may change. View the restaurant and retail spreadsheets at https://www.masoncity.net/newsview.aspx?nid=9907.
Salvation Army Family Store Reopens
The Salvation Army Family Store will be among the businesses reopening this Friday, May 1st. They are excited to serve our community again yet recognize some individuals may have some hesitancy towards shopping. Please know their staff is prioritizing the shopper’s safety and will be following the reopening guidance provided by IDPH. They will be cleaning the store and wiping down surfaces frequently. A hand sanitizer station will be set up for staff and shoppers. In addition to this, staff will be supplied with cloth face masks. Shoppers are being asked to maintain the 6-foot distance while shopping to protect not only yourself, but those around you.