The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Allamakee County Public Health have identified the county’s first cases of COVID-19.
“This investigation has identified 2 cases of COVID-19 with known international travel exposure. One individual is a middle aged adult between 41-60 years; the other is a child, age 0-18 years. This is NOT indicative of community circulation of the virus here in Allamakee county. It remains critical that all residents continue to take preventive measures.”
These measures include:
- Staying home from work or school when ill.
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm.
- Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
It is believed coronaviruses are primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally have to be within six feet of someone who is contagious and have the droplets land on them.
“This may be a novel virus, but it is not a novel investigation,” “Public health staff participates in disease investigations all the time and are well trained to handle these outbreaks. We will continue to work with our partners to provide support and guidance on community actions in Allamakee County.”
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.