UPDATE: Man in his mid-60s the first case of COVID-19 confirmed in Sioux County

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ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – UPDATE: There is more information about the first case of the coronavirus in Sioux County.

Orange City Area Health System announced on its Facebook page that they’re treating the positive case.

The patient is a man in his mid-60s and currently in isolation.

Health officials said that his source of exposure to COVID-19 is unknown but he has not traveled internationally or nationally recently.

All of his known contacts have been advised and are self-isolating.

Read the full Facebook post from Orange City Area Health System below.

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The Iowa Department of Public Health said the individual is an older adult from the age between the ages of 61 to 80 years old and is in isolation.

“While this is Sioux County’s first case, it may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all
residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” said Kim Westerholm Sioux County Public Health Director.

These actions include:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.
  • Staying home when ill.

Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19, will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19.

Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house. 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 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 your provider before you go to the office. You may be given special instructions.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage.

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