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.
COVID-19 Stress and Children and Teens
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. The CDC offers tips for parents and caregivers at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html#parents
A great way to address stress your child may be experiencing is through storytelling. Download the book called “My Hero is You”, which was written for children around the world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This book is available for download in nearly 40 different languages at https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-reference-group-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-emergency-settings/my-hero-you.
Local Guidance on Garage Sales for Cerro Gordo County
We have received some questions regarding whether the general public can have/host garage sales. While not prohibited, we are discouraging hosting or attending garage sales. Unnecessary travel and shopping should be avoided during this pandemic. Those considering hosting a garage sale, sincerely ask yourself if you can easily abide by the social distancing guidelines.
There isn’t any specific guidance on this type of activity, but we encourage all entities who decide to host a garage sale to implement social distancing guidelines. Our recommendations include:
For more information on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, visit https://cghealth.com/?topic=coronavirus.