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35 COVID-19 cases in Johnson County

State total jumps to 105

JOHNSON COUNTY The number of COVID-19 cases in Iowa is increasing daily.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the first three cases in Johnson County Sunday, March 8, while Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a third case of community spread in the state Sunday, March 16, and recommended the state close all schools for a period of four weeks.
On Monday, March 23, Reynolds and the IDPH announced 15 additional positive cases, bringing the states total to 105.
Thirty-five of those positive cases are in Johnson County, the highest number by county in the state. Polk County was the next highest with 12. Twenty-five of Iowas 99 counties have confirmed cases, according to the IDPH.
Of the 15 new cases announced March 23, three are residents of Johnson County one middle-aged adult (41-60 years) and two older adults (61-80 years).
The other cases were in Allamakee County, Dubuque County, Hancock County, Linn County, Muscatine County, Polk County, Wapello County and
Woodbury County.
Additionally on Sunday, Gov. Reynolds signed a Disaster Emergency Proclamation that announced, the closing of all salons, barber shops, medical spas, massage therapy, tattoo establishments, tanning salons and swimming pools through Tuesday, March 31.
A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID-19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found at https://idph.iowa.gov/emerging-health-issues/novel-coronavirus.
A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa will begin to share the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs.
On Sunday, March 22, the mayors of the Cities of Coralville, Iowa City and North Liberty urged residents to stay home and limit non-essential activities. On Monday, Solon Mayor Steve Stange issued a similar release.
Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) continues to work with the IDPH and a number of other local agencies to contain the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 symptoms can appear very mild and may cause many people to think that it is not important to stay home, Johnson County noted in a press release Sunday. Respiratory illnesses can be caused by a variety of viruses, but at this time the community should consider that it may be COVID-19 and stay home if they are ill.
While we recognize that it is significant to ask our community to stay home, the need to protect others is greater, especially the most vulnerable people in our communities, including those in health care facilities and long-term care facilities, the release noted. We appreciate everyone doing their part to stay home when ill.
Gov. Reynolds has also suggested that those who have traveled recently for business or spring break vacations, whether internationally or domestically outside of Iowa, should strongly consider self-isolating for 14 days.
People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are also able to recover at home, the county stated.
The county cited a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on Wednesday, March 18, regarding the severity of disease, by age group, among 4,226 COVID-19 cases in the United States that occurred during Feb. 12 and March 16.
Overall, 31 percent of cases, 45 percent of hospitalizations, 53 percent of ICU admissions, and 80 percent of deaths associated with COVID-19 occurred among adults aged 65 years or older. The highest percentage of severe outcomes was among adults aged 85 years or older. In contrast, no ICU admissions or deaths were reported among persons aged 19 years or younger. Similar to reports from other countries, this finding suggests the risk for serious disease and death from COVID-19 is higher in older age groups.
Health care offices or health care-related businesses wishing to donate personal protection equipment can contact Johnson County Emergency Management at 319-356-6707. Items needed include nitrile gloves, procedural masks, N95 respirators, procedurals gowns or coveralls and face shields.
Do not leave, except for necessary things like groceries, essential needs and medical care, the countys release said. There is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it.
Gov. Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency on Tuesday, March 17, requiring social distancing and limiting community spread of the virus by implementing temporary measures, including moving restaurants to drive-through, carry-out and delivery only, and closures of certain entities such as bars, theaters and recreational facilities.
If concerned about a business opening to the public in violation of the temporary measures, the county noted, call local law enforcement at non-emergency numbers. Do not call 911.

Recommendations for those who are ill
If you are ill, even if you dont think it is related to COVID-19, stay home and isolate from others in the house until:
You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
AND other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
AND at least seven days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

Help stop the spread
All of us together can help stop this spread:
Stay home if you are not feeling well.
Limit your interaction with others who are in the high-risk categories those over 60 and those who have weakened immune systems.
Take advantage of pick-up and delivery services when able.
Wash your hands frequently.
Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Frequently clean routinely touched surfaces and items.
Practice social distancing.

Information about COVID-19 in Johnson County is available at www.johnson-county.com/covid19.