Siouxland District Health Department stresses prevention of COVID-19

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The Siouxland District Health Department (SDHD) held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to provide an update on the state of COVID-19 in Woodbury County Wednesday.

Officials said there are no suspected cases of COVID-19 in Woodbury County, and they are working to keep it that way.

Kevin Grieme, the director of health for SDHD, said the meeting was held to share information with the public and show how many are working to monitor the virus and prevent it from spreading.

“We want to assure the community that we are there monitoring that if a case does develop, we have them tracked, they come to the system and we can do the follow-up. We will be issuing future advisements as to how folks can keep themselves healthy, and that really is what our focus and our goal is,” said Grieme.

Grieme also took time to dispell common myths surrounding COVID-19, saying there is no need to stock-pile toilet paper or to wear surgical masks in public. The best practice is to wash your hands. If you do suspect you may be infected, call your doctor first.

“Don’t just show up to emergency rooms or to urgent care. Make a phone call to a medical care provider and alert them to why you’re calling, and then they will walk you through questions to determine if you qualify for the testing for COVID-19. “

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.

The CDC states that, as of March 11, there are 938 cases of COVID-19 with 29 deaths in the U.S. Theses are from 38 reporting states and the District of Columbia.

In Iowa, there are 14 positive cases with 27 pending. There are also 46 negative cases. The Iowa Department of Public Health said they are monitoring 112 people with 42 who completed monitoring.

In Nebraska, there are five cases, one of which is confirmed and another four that are presumptive. There are another 16 cases undergoing further testing and 47 that tested negative.

Eight have also tested positive in South Dakota. Officials said there was one death that is possibly linked the virus. There are 11 pending cases and 27 that tested negative.

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