DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) - The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors discussed their coronavirus plans one day after a fatality.
Governor Reynolds announced the first Iowan to die from COVID-19 was a Dubuque County resident. Patrice Lambert, Executive Director of the Dubuque County Public Health, said while the fatality is concerning, residents should remain calm.
"It is also important that everyone understands that this does not mean that Dubuque County is more at risk for a COVID-19 threat or death than any other area," said Lambert.
The Supervisors continued to discuss the importance of social distancing. Supervisor, Dave Baker, said all members of the public should take precautions.
"For those who don't believe that this isn't a serious issue, I'd ask them to please wake up and don't spread this virus to innocent folks who are trying to play by the rules," said Baker.
County leaders said they will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and are open to taking more aggressive measures to limit large gatherings.
However, supervisor, Jay Wickham, said while it is important for Dubuque residents to stay physically apart, as a community we must stick together.
"The message I would have for the group that's in assembly and to the public of Dubuque County is threefold," said Whickham. "The first is unity. The second is kindness. And the third is to let you know we're working for you."