JCPH and Emergency Management COVID-19 Update as of April 2nd, 2020 at 3:30pm
*At this time, Jefferson County has 2 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19, both individuals are between the ages of 18-40. The individuals are at home in isolation and following current isolation guidelines.
*Jefferson County Public Health is performing follow-up with the individuals. This process is routine procedure for all communicable diseases.
*Reminder, ALL communicable disease information is protected under privacy laws.
*Community partners provided a live update today. Here is the link to view on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc9-0HkCpbc
*Per Governor Reynolds press conference today, all schools will remained closed until April 30, 2020. Follow your local school district website or Facebook page for more information. Department of education link: https://www.educateiowa.gov/
*Emergency Management continues to request resources for this pandemic response. Currently, Jefferson County has received 3 shipments/partial shipments of supplies including, PPE.
*Locally Jefferson County Public Health, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Jefferson County Health Center continue to work with local elected officials on a daily basis to best respond to the COVID19 public health emergency.
IDPH Coronavirus link: https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus
Jefferson County Health Center COVID-19 Hotline is available between 7AM and 5PM, 7 days a week, at: 641-469-4180.
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Jefferson County Public Health News Release 4/2
First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Jefferson County
A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Jefferson County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is self-isolating at home. The individual is an adult between the ages of 18-40.
“While this is Jefferson 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,” said Jefferson County Public Health Administrator Chris Estle. 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 first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home. There may also be options for you to talk to a medical provider from home using technology.
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.