Delaware County Public Health has been working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn about the Coronavirus and its risk to Iowans.
The Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, has infected nearly 76-thousand people worldwide and killed over two thousand, mostly in mainland China.
Delaware County Public Health Coordinator Delma Hardin says in a time of uncertainty, social media becomes a platform for rumors and misinformation. So she is encouraging people to rely on trusted sources for information about the virus.
The Iowa Department of Public Health updates its COVID-19 website every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It provides current data on Iowans being monitored or tested for the Coronavirus, as well as what those test results are. The website also is updated immediately with any new information.
Hardin says right now, the most important thing for residents to do is to continue the prevention measures they would use for any respiratory virus – clean your hands frequently with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or upper arm and contain your germs by staying home when you’re sick.