Jefferson County Public Health
The goal of this pandemic response since March was to “flatten the curve.”
This process was implemented so we did not overwhelm our healthcare systems with acutely ill individuals.
For the first time in this long, exhausting, pandemic response, Jefferson County is facing the surge of pandemic spread and illness.
For those reasons I have recommend and will continue to recommend best practices identified by the CDC and IDPH:
*Wear a mask/face covering
*Stay home when even mildly ill
*Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm
*Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Individual actions impact the health of the public. Large or small actions have a positive or negative impact on others.
As with any communicable disease process, humans build anti-bodies the following ways: by exposure without illness, by exposure with illness or by vaccinations. The reality of all communicable illness, is that at some point we will all be exposed to or potentially become ill from COVID-19. Thus, “flattening the curve.”
Jefferson County Public Health and community partners have been diligently working with pandemic preparedness for COVID-19 since January 2020.
Thank you for your continued support with this on-going response. Now more than ever come together for the greater good and the health of our community.
Iowa Department of Public Health
Summary of Enhanced Public Health Measures Effective
Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 12:01 a.m. until Monday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m.
Gathering Restrictions: Social, community, recreational, or leisure
● If more than 10 people:
○ 6 feet distancing between groups
○ Groups limited to 8 people, with the exception of households larger than 8
○ Take other reasonable measures to ensure social distancing, increase hygiene, etc.
● If more than 25 people and indoors, all participants over 2 years old must wear masks except when eating and drinking.
● If more than 100 people and outdoors, all participants over 2 years old must wear masks except when eating and drinking.
● All these restrictions apply to wedding receptions, including distancing, group limitations, and mask requirement if event is sufficiently large
Youth and High School Sports:
● If more than 25 people and indoors, all spectators over 2 years old must wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance from other spectators
● Only two spectators permitted for each youth athlete
● Athletes of any age can be closer than six feet and are not required to wear masks
Restaurants and Bars: Restaurant or bar, including a wedding reception venue, winery, brewery, distillery, country club, or other social or fraternal club
● Six feet distancing between groups
● Groups limited to 8 people unless larger group is all same household
● Seated when eating or drinking and limit congregating
Personal Service Establishments: Salons, barbershops, massage therapy establishments, tattoo establishments, and tanning facilities
● Ensure that all customers are six feet apart when performing services
● Mandated to wear masks, except when performing face services
Closer/Prolonged Contact Establishments: Bowling alleys, pool halls, bingo halls, arcades, indoor playgrounds, children’s play centers
● Ensure that groups and individuals are six feet apart at establishment
●Groups limited to eight people unless larger group is all same household
Remote Working/Other Employer Measures: All employers shall evaluate whether any more of their employees can feasibly work remotely and to the extent reasonable, shall take steps to enable such employees to work from home. Those remaining open shall take other reasonable precautions.