According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, three individuals in Iowa have presumptively tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“St. Anthony has been proactively preparing for the likelihood of a positive COVID-19 test in Iowa,” said Ed Smith, President and CEO of St. Anthony. “Now that the first three presumptive cases have been identified, it continues to be important to practice safe habits like frequent hand washing, staying home when ill and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue.”
Individual risk is dependent upon exposure to COVID-19 which includes travelers returning from affected locations. Everyday prevention methods are very important. Washing your hands, staying home if you are ill, and covering your coughs or sneezes with a tissue to help prevent spreading the virus. Frequently clean surfaces in your home (like light switches, countertops, door knobs) following the directions on cleaning product labels.
St. Anthony is recommending that only healthy adult individuals visit patients in the hospital or residents in the nursing home. Any person experiencing upper respiratory illness symptoms is encouraged to call their physician for further instructions. Anyone with a fever should not go to school or work.
St. Anthony Regional Hospital officials and Carroll County Public Health will continue to provide information as it becomes available from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
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