MUSCATINE, Iowa—The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Muscatine County Public Health confirmed a case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Muscatine County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual ha self-isolating at home.
“While this is Muscatine 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 Muscatine County Public Health Director Christy Roby Williams.
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 get 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 (three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers).
• Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath
• At least seven days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
If you think you may need healthcare, call first. Your provider can assess whether you need an office visit or can recover at home. You may also have the option to talk to a medical provider from home using technology.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH web page at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.