The Linn County Board of Health has released a letter to the community.
The letter recommends actions to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Linn County has the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in Iowa – well over 200. The county has also had the most deaths related to the virus so far, with most associated with an outbreak in a long-term care facility in Cedar Rapids.
The Linn County Board of Health says in order to save as many lives as possible, residents must slow the spread of the virus through enhanced social distancing – which means staying at home except for essential trips to places like the grocery store and pharmacy, and limiting those trips when possible.
The Board is also endorsing the recommendations of the Iowa Board of Medicine and the Iowa Medical Society in their call for a statewide shelter-in-place order.
They are also urging everyone who is concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and contact their primary care physician initially for advice on how to proceed with evaluation and testing if needed.
You can find a link to the Linn County Board of Health’s letter to the community on our website at kmch.com.