Jasper County had its first reported case of novel coronavirus confirmed Monday, according to Jasper County Health Department Administrator Becky Pryor. The Iowa Department of Public Health said the individual is self-isolating at home.
“While this is Jasper County’s first case, it may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” Pryor said.
Steps for prevention given by Pryor include washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm and staying home when ill.
Pryor said approximately 80 percent of Iowans infected with COVID-19 will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill citizens do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house, Pryor said.
It is suggested to stay home and isolate from other in the house until no fever has been recorded for at least 72 hours (three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers), other symptoms have improved such as a cough or shortness of breath improving and at least seven days have passed since the symptoms first appeared.
Should healthcare be needed, citizens are asked to call their provider first. Pryor said the can assess whether a visit to the office is necessary or if home recovery is recommended. She also said there could be an option of talking do a medical provider using home technology.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH website at idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow the department on Facebook and Twitter.
Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or firstname.lastname@example.org