Delaware County Public Health Announces First COVID-19 Death

The Delaware County Department of Public Health today announced the first death associated with COVID-19 in the county. The individual was in the 81+ age range. No other details are being announced.

“We wish to extend our sympathy to this individual’s family,” said Charity Loecke, Delaware County Public Health Coordinator. “Delaware County Public Health and all of our key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of this virus in our communities.”

Delaware County Public Health also announced one additional case of COVID-19 today, bringing the county’s total number of cases during this pandemic to seventeen. Fourteen of those cases have recovered, two are active cases isolating at home and one person has died. There have been no hospitalizations reported due to COVID-19 in the county.

Over 700 residents in Delaware County have been tested for COVID-19. On Monday, 99 people were tested – that’s three to four times as many people normally tested in one day in the county.

The Delaware County Public Health Department continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health, and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic.

They recommend all residents should:

  • Stay home when even mildly sick (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities)
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others
  • Wear a cloth face covering (e.g. mask, bandanna, scarf, etc.) in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm

If you have mild symptoms of COVID-19 such as a cough, fever, or sore throat, health officials ask you to stay home and isolate from others in your household. You should self-isolate even if you were not tested for COVID-19 as the virus is widespread in communities. You need to self-isolate until all three of these things have happened:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that’s three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
  • Your symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved) AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

If you start to experience severe symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider right away.

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