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Iowa COVID-19 cases quadruple in one week

JOHNSON COUNTY– The numbers have quadrupled in Iowa over the last week.
On Monday, March 30, Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 88 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19.
Linn County overtook Johnson County for the most cases in the state, with 71. Johnson County was second with 70 cases, with Polk County increasing to 61.
Linn County had 29 new cases.
The 88 cases were the most announced in a single day, bringing the state’s total to 424 positive cases and six casualties.
In contrast, the state announced 19 new cases March 24, 34 new cases March 26, and 64 on March 28. According to the IDPH, 50 Iowans were currently hospitalized with COVID-19 as of March 30.
The state also announced a total of 6,162 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.
A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID-19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH on its website (idph.iowa.gov). In addition, a public hotline was established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 800-244-7431.

Recommendations for those who are ill
If you are ill, even if you don’t 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.