First COVID-19 death confirmed in Woodbury County

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The Siouxland District Health Department has confirmed Woodbury County’s first COVID-19 death Tuesday.

Director of Siouxland District Health Kevin Grieme said the deceased was a man between 61-80 years old. The man was not hospitalized at the time of his death. He also expressed his and the health department’s sympathies toward the family.

In the press conference, Grieme said that the Siouxland Community Health Center has been an essential partner during this crisis as more testing is completed in Siouxland.

Mari Kaptain-Dahlen, the director of the Siouxland Community Health Center, said that the drive-up testing site is conducting about 200 tests a day. She said the site helps to relieve any stress the ER may experience. She also said that testing is only allowed with a physician’s order.

Tyler Brock with the health department says that as more testing happens in Woodbury County, the number of positive cases is likely going to increase. Once a test comes back as positive, Brock says the contact tracing process begins with a staff of 10 people working to notify those who may have come in contact with the infected person.

All officials stressed that people should do their part to limit the spread of the coronavirus by staying home when possible and keeping a safe distance from others and other strategies.

Earlier Tuesday, the Siouxland District Health Department confirmed 18 new cases of COVID-19 in Woodbury County.

A representative from the Siouxland Community Health Center will also be present at the conference to discuss developments at the community testing site, and the recent increase in testing.

Watch a 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.

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