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BLACK HAWK COUNTY: No community spread yet, two new COVID-19 cases self-isolating

BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) -- Over the weekend, two more people tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Black Hawk County.

During a daily news conference Monday, officials said those two cases were in contact with the first case identified in the county. They also noted that there had been no community spread identified in the county. While they did not explicitly say, it's inferred that the 3 people know one another.

WATCH: 3/23 Black Hawk County coronavirus news conference

3/23 Black Hawk County coronavirus news conference. For more stories and information on coronavirus, visit kwwl.com/coronavirus.

Posted by KWWL on Monday, March 23, 2020

Dr. Nafissa Cisse Egbuonye, the director of the Black Hawk County Public Health Department, said the guidance for anyone returning from traveling outside of Iowa, such as a spring break trip, is to self-isolate for 14 days. She noted that 80% of Iowans who contract the coronavirus will have mild to moderate symptoms.

A concern around the nation is preserving medical resources like masks, gloves, gowns, etc. The county expects a shipment tomorrow of such materials that will then be distributed to various EMS services, the two major hospitals, and the People's Community Health Clinic.

Dr Egbuonye said that currently they don't have data from the state as to how many people in the county have been tested or tested negative. She said the state is working on collecting and sharing that data.

On a different front, Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thomspon offered a warning to businesses unwilling to comply with Governor Kim Reynolds' order to close.

"The citizens look very dimly at you not following those proclamations because we are cedar valley strong, but we are only strong as our weakest link and if you're going to be our weakest link, then law enforcement is going to take a very dim view of you as well," Thompson said.

The sheriff said he didn't want to but would enforce compliance if he had to. He also noted that there would be no additional warnings, that the governor's order is the warning.

The general manager, Mark Little, of the MET Transit in Waterloo said they've seen about a 50% decrease in ridership. He emphasized that only people who had no other means of transportation should utilize the bus system.

Representatives for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and Operation Threshold were also present. They offered extensive details on their current services, which can be viewed in the video above. You can also visit their websites through the links below.

Both groups said while they don't have any data at this time, they believe more people are utilizing their services.

More information on the COVID-19 situation in Black Hawk County can be found here.

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