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Six of Johnson’s County’s 22 COVID-19 cases have recovered, no new positive cases

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) -- Johnson County Health officials Friday reported six of the county's original 22 COVID-19 patients have recovered.

The Johnson County Health Department also reported there are no new new positive cases at this time.

Still, with 22 confirmed cases, the state's highest number of positive COVID-1 cases, Johnson County is working non-stop to get factual information to the public to prevent additional spread of the new Coronavirus.

Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) continues to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and a number of other local agencies to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

In a Friday news release, the Johnson County Health Department wrote:

As of Friday, March 20, 2020, there are no new positive cases in Johnson County. Of the 22 positive cases, six have recovered from COVID-19, and are now under the same recommendations as the general public.

The most up-to-date numbers on COVID-19 cases statewide by county are available on the IDPH website.

Recommendations for those who are ill

If you are ill, 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 medicine that reduces fevers)
  • AND other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
  • AND at least seven days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. 

People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are also able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. There is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it.

Tattoo, tanning and salon establishments

Tattoo parlors, salons, barbershops and tanning salons are not required to be closed under the Governor’s declaration. Owners or managers are encouraged to look for and ask about signs of illness in staff and clients before allowing them inside. Visual signs of illness include cough, sneezing or runny nose. If people are sick or exhibiting signs of illness, they should be asked to go home. Enhanced attention to sanitation and a focus on social distancing—keeping patrons and staff at least six feet apart whenever possible—is also encouraged.

Swimming pools and spas

Aquatic center facilities must close. An aquatic center is defined as a swimming pool or spa facility which includes multiple water features such as swimming pools, spray pads, lazy rivers and wading pools. This includes aquatic centers located in hotels. Hotel pools and spas not including multiple water features may remain open, but must follow social distancing guidelines—keeping all patrons at least six feet apart whenever possible. As gatherings of more than 10 people in public areas are prohibited, hotel staff must control the number of patrons in the pool area at all times. Swimming pool and spa facilities which are not located in a gym, fitness center or health club are not considered aquatic centers and may remain open but must also follow social distancing guidelines.

Help stop the spread

All of us together can help stop this spread:

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Limit your interaction with others who are in the high-risk categories – those over 60 and those who have weakened immune systems.
  • Take advantage of pick-up and delivery services when able.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Frequently clean routinely touched surfaces and items.
  • Practice social distancing.

Johnson County added this to Friday's news release:

As always, we thank the people of Johnson County for your support and patience during this difficult time. JCPH is doing everything we can to protect the health of the public through our recommendations. We are in constant contact with IDPH and our local health care providers and we are dedicated to containing the spread of COVID-19 and mitigating its impact.

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Ron Steele

Evening Anchor

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