The presence of coronavirus has been confirmed in Dubuque County, public health officials reported this afternoon.
One county resident has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a release just issued by the Dubuque County Public Health Department. The resident is self-isolating.
“While this is Dubuque County’s first case, it will not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” said Patrice Lambert, Dubuque County Public Health Department executive director, in a press release.
It states that people should:
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.
Stay home when ill.
Practice social distancing by maintaining 6 feet of space from others.
“These actions will assist in flattening the curve so that all of Iowa’s COVID-19 cases do not occur at once and overwhelm our health system,” said Lambert.
The release states that about 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19 will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill people do not need to go to their health care provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19.
"Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house," the release states.
This story will be updated.