Delaware County Public Health Comments on First Confirmed COVID-19 Case

Delaware County now has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

Delaware County Public Health Coordinator made the announcement late Monday afternoon.

These actions include washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow or upper arm and staying home when you’re ill.

Due to HIPAA regulations, state and county health officials are not able to release information that could identify who tested positive for COVID-19, including where the patient was tested. But Delaware County Public Health will collaborate with the patient to identify possible close exposures and then contact those who may have been exposed.

Hardin says about eighty-percent of Iowans infected with COVID-19 will experience only mild or moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider to be tested to confirm that they have the virus.

Regional Medical Center Public Information Officer Valerie Lindsay says if someone needs to be hospitalized due to COVID-19, they are equipped to handle those patients.

Health officials recommend that Iowans follow the new recommendation by CDC – wearing cloth masks or face coverings while out in public.