IDPH Error: Five Delaware County COVID-19 Cases, Not Eight

Delaware County Public Health says the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county stand at five – not eight.

On Thursday, the Iowa Department of Public Health said Delaware County gained four new cases, bringing the total to eight. But on Friday, Delaware County Public Health announced that data from the State was incorrect. Delaware County Public Health Nurse Charity Loecke:

Loecke says for each confirmed case, they have been conducting contact tracing to find who may have been exposed to the virus.

Some businesses have been allowed to re-open in 77 counties in Iowa, including Delaware, Clayton, Buchanan and Jones counties – but Public Health says that doesn’t mean residents from other counties still under restrictions, like Dubuque, Linn or Fayette counties, should travel to the re-opened counties and risk spreading the virus here.

And Loecke says just because some business are re-opening, it doesn’t mean everything returns to normal – social distancing, wearing masks and washing your hands are all steps that still need to be taken by everyone.

Delaware County Public Health does not recommend that people wear gloves to protect themselves in public – they say it may actually cause more harm than good when it comes to spreading germs.

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