Five more Iowa residents have tested positive for the new coronavirus, including a restaurant worker in Council Bluffs.
Officials said Monday that besides the Council Bluffs case, all of the other people infected are from Johnson County in eastern Iowa and all were on an Egyptian cruise.
The new cases bring the total number of Iowa infections to eight. On Sunday, officials announced Iowa’s first COVID-19 cases, as three individuals from Johnson County who had been on the cruise tested positive.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness.
Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Department of Public Health officials briefed the Iowa Legislature on the coronavirus update Monday. State Senator Dan Zumbach says there is no reason to panic:
Meanwhile, Governor Reynolds signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency on Monday, activating the disaster response and recovery aspects of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan. The proclamation authorizes state agencies to utilize resources including personnel, equipment and facilities to perform activities necessary to prevent, contain and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus.