DES MOINES, Iowa (KCAU) – Gov. Kim Reynolds held a press conference Friday afternoon to give an update of COVID-19 in the state.
The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Friday that there were two more deaths related to the coronavirus. They were in Poweshiek and Allamakee counties. They also announced 56 more positive cases, bringing Iowa’s total to 235. They have been 3,740 negative tests.
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.
Watch the replay of the press conference below.
The CDC said that most COVID-19 illnesses are mild, but about 16% of cases are serious. Older people or those with underlying health conditions are most at risk of developing a serious illness.
Symptoms for the virus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. They occur 2-14 days after exposure. Anyone that develops the symptoms and has been in contact with some who has the virus or has recently traveled from where the virus is widespread is asked to see a doctor.
To help prevent the spread, people are asked to do the following:
- Wash their hands often
- Avoid close contact
- Stay home if sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Below are various health organizations with information on COVID-19.