First positive case of coronavirus reported in Louisa County

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LOUISA Co., Iowa (KWQC) - A positive case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been confirmed in Louisa County, county public health officials confirmed Thursday.

An adult between the ages of 61 and 80 is self-isolating at home, according to officials.

“While this is Louisa 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,” Louisa County Public Health Administrator Roxanne Smith said in a media release.

Actions urged by Smith 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 the coronavirus 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 the coronavirus.

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 first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home. There may also be options for you to talk to a medical provider from home using technology.

Visit idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus for up-to-date information. You can also follow the Iowa Department of Public Health on Facebook and Twitter.