(Le Mars) — Plymouth County now has its first confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus. A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Plymouth County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is in self-isolation in their home. Tara Geddes, Plymouth
County Community Health Manager updates the situation.
Geddes says although the first case has been reported, local health officials expect to see additional cases in Plymouth County.
The Community Health Director says she encourages all residents to continue to make prevention a priority and continue to follow the directives sent out of the Governor’s Office.”
Geddes says prevention includes:
· Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
· Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.
· Staying home when ill.
As of April 2, there have been 614 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. There are currently 74 people hospitalized due to the virus, while 46 others have been discharged and are now recovering. There were 347 positive cases that did not require hospitalization. There have been 11 deaths related to COVID-19.
In total, health officials have tested 8,054 negative cases in Iowa.
If you think you may need healthcare, call your provider before you go to the office. You may be given special instructions.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Iss…/Novel-Coronavirus