Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Sioux County

March 22, 2020 11:00am

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A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Sioux County. According to the
Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is in isolation.

While this is Sioux Countys first case, it may not be the last, and thats why we encourage all
residents to continue to make prevention a priority, said Kim Westerholm Sioux County Public
Health Director.

These actions 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.
-Staying home when ill.

Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19, will experience only a mild to moderate
illness. Most mildly ill Iowans 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. Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:

You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the
use of medicine that reduces fevers)

AND

other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath
have improved)

AND

at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

If you think you may need healthcare, call your provider before you go to the office. You may be
given special instructions.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at
https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow the department on
Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.