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 Isolation Guidance for Sick and/or COVID-19 Positive Members of the General Public
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has updated the isolation guidance for those persons with symptoms of COVID-19. They suggested they should self-isolate (regardless of whether they were tested for COVID-19) until after these three things have happened:
Persons who test positive for COVID-19 but do not experience symptoms should self-isolate until:
Previously the guidance suggested at least 7 days to pass since their symptoms first appeared. Visit the CDC Guidance for “What to do if you are sick” for more information:
MACNIDER CAMPGROUND WILL REMAIN CLOSED THIS WEEKEND
Mason City Parks and Recreations has decided to keep MacNider Campground closed throughout the weekend. The Park and Recreation Board will discuss opening with modified rules during the May 12th meeting. Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation this week opening all private and public campgrounds. The DNR stated in a press release earlier this week that state parks have seen a great influx of visitors at their parks and expect to see the same at the campgrounds. Parks staff will be closely monitoring these areas to avoid gatherings of groups larger than 10. Park staff presence throughout the parks and campgrounds will remind and educate visitors to continue physical distancing while enjoying some of Iowa’s most beautiful public places.
Campers should also abide by the following guidelines:
For the latest closure information for state parks, campgrounds and trails, visit: www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks/Alerts-and-Closures. The DNR highly recommends practicing physical distancing so that the parks and campgrounds remain open as a viable option for recreational opportunity. Campers should assume personal responsibility and abide by the guidelines set forth.
Iowa has 68 state parks and 4 state forests for visitors to enjoy with hiking trails, lake recreation and camping, to learn more visit: www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks or www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Camping.