LCHD Reports 2 Additional Confirmed Cases of COVID19 In Lee County

For immediate release from the Lee County Health Dept.

April 26, 2020

Additional Caseof COVID-19 Confirmed in Lee County

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Lee County Health Department have identified two additional cases of COVID-19 in the county, one middle-aged adult and one adult who are both currently in isolation. This makes seven lab confirmed cases in Lee County to date.

COVID-19 related illness is circulating in many counties across Iowa including Lee County. More individuals are likely to become ill in the coming weeks. Please continue to follow all preventive actions to limit your possible exposure to COVID-19 by staying home as much as possible, washing your hands frequently, avoid touching your face including your eyes, nose or mouth, disinfect common touch surfaces, and social distance from others.  

Isolation recommendations for WELL Iowans with potential COVID-19 exposure should stay at home and isolate themselves from other people and animals in the home for 14 days from last known exposure in the following situations:  • If you have been exposed to someone who has taken a cruise anywhere in the world in the last 14 days or traveled internationally to a country with a level 3 travel warning in the last 14 days.   • Live with someone or a close contact of someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Isolation recommendations for Iowans ILL with fever or respiratory symptoms (like cough or difficulty breathing) need to STAY HOME and isolate themselves from other people and animals in their home.

Stay home and do not go to work or other places and isolate from others in the household until: 

You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) 

AND 

other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) 

AND 

at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.  

If you think you may need healthcare, call first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen by a medical professional or can recover at home. 

LCHD encourages interested residents to check the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Coronavirus Dashboard website, https://coronavirus.iowa.gov.  This website has county testing data, confirmed case counts, and other useful information. 

Lee County Health Department website, www.leecountyhd.org, and their Facebook page, will continue to be updated with information as well.