The Coronavirus pandemic has been causing fear across the globe, but what does it mean for us here in Iowa?
Delaware County Public Health officials say it is normal to be concerned about a new virus – however, they say the risk of influenza is much higher in Iowa right now than the risk of COVID-19.
Currently, there are sixteen cases of positive Coronavirus in Iowa, with fourteen of those in Johnson County and all of whom were on the same Egyptian cruise. There is also one case in Pottawattamie County and one in Carroll County. But at this time, there is no community spread in Iowa.
Delaware County Public Health Coordinator Delma Hardin:
Delaware County Public Health Nurse Charity Loecke says they are staying up to date on COVID-19 through Iowa Department of Public Health webinars.
And she says those screening questions are being updated as travel recommendations change. Currently, the individual risk of COVID-19 depends upon exposure.
Loecke says it’s important for everyone to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in their community – the same way you would prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt your normal routine.
And along with being prepared, she says taking steps every day to help prevent the spread of viruses is extremely important.
Travel has been restricted to and from some areas of the world, but Hardin says as of right now, you can travel wherever you’d like within the United States.
If you do have any questions about COVID-19, the Iowa Department of Public Health has a 24/7 hotline you can call – just dial 211. Delaware County Public Health will also take your call, but they are encouraging you to use that 211 hotline number, as well as the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health websites for accurate up-to-date information.