Additional Funding Requested for Jones County COVID-19 Contact Tracing

The Jones County Board of Supervisors have opened their meetings back up so that the public can attend in person.

Physical in-person access had been restricted since mid-March due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Along with meeting in person once again, the public can also continue to access the meetings through video, audio streaming and telephone.

The Jones County Supervisors recently received an update from Emergency Management and Public Health. The Jones County Emergency Management Coordinator reported on the limited availability for long-term care facilities to acquire personal protective equipment for visitors.

The Public Health Coordinator also noted a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Jones County, with the Iowa Department of Public Health reporting 112 cases in the county as of Tuesday. Jones County Public Health has requested additional funding from the County to be able to hire temporary contact tracing staff to meet the demand.