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CHICKASAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

AND HOME CARE

260 E. PROSPECT

NEW HAMPTON, IOWA  50659

Call (641)-394-4053 or Fax (641) 394-5814

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Contact: Lisa Welter

May 29, 2020                                                                                      l.welter@chickasawcoia.org

 

Ninth & Tenth Cases of Covid-19 Confirmed in Chickasaw County,

Social Distancing is more important now than ever before

 

 

Chickasaw County has another confirmed case of COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 9 cases, with 8 cases that have recovered and been released from Public Health monitoring.  The ninth and tenth cases are an adults in the 41-60 year old age group, however they are unrelated incidents.

 

Thanks all residents that are following social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As our favorite businesses and restaurants begin to reopen, it’s important to continue to follow social distancing guidelines. Epidemiologists warn that when the public becomes complacent in social distancing measures the virus will spread rapidly. 

 

There are a large number of people have the virus, yet are asymptomatic. Asymptomatic means that people have the virus but do not feel ill or have no symptoms.  This is concerned because asymptomatic patients are able to infect a large number of people unknowingly.

 

“We encourage people to spread out, whenever they are in a social situation, ideally 6 feet or more apart.  If that is not possible, then a mask or face covering should be used in social situations,” said Chickasaw County Public Health Director Lisa Welter. “These guidelines apply to indoor and outdoor gatherings.”

 

 

For more information about COVID-19, visit coronavirus.iowa.gov. Follow Chickasaw County Emergency Management on facebook for community updates. For nonmedical questions, the Chickasaw County Call Center is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 641-229-8011.

 


 

CHICKASAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

AND HOME CARE

260 E. PROSPECT

NEW HAMPTON, IOWA  50659

Call (641)-394-4053 or Fax (641) 394-5814

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Contact: Lisa Welter

May 29, 2020                                                                                      l.welter@chickasawcoia.org

 

Ninth Case of Covid-19 Confirmed in Chickasaw County,

Social Distancing is more important now than ever before

 

 

Chickasaw County has another confirmed case of COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 9 cases, with 8 cases that have recovered and been released from Public Health monitoring.  The ninth case is an adult in the 41-60 year old group.

 

Thanks all residents that are following social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As our favorite businesses and restaurants begin to reopen, it’s important to continue to follow social distancing guidelines. Epidemiologists warn that when the public becomes complacent in social distancing measures the virus will spread rapidly. 

 

There are a large number of people have the virus, yet are asymptomatic. Asymptomatic means that people have the virus but do not feel ill or have no symptoms.  This is concerned because asymptomatic patients are able to infect a large number of people unknowingly.

 

“We encourage people to spread out, whenever they are in a social situation, ideally 6 feet or more apart.  If that is not possible, then a mask or face covering should be used in social situations,” said Chickasaw County Public Health Director Lisa Welter. “These guidelines apply to indoor and outdoor gatherings.”

 

 

For more information about COVID-19, visit coronavirus.iowa.gov. Follow Chickasaw County Emergency Management on facebook for community updates. For nonmedical questions, the Chickasaw County Call Center is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 641-229-8011.

 

 


 

CHICKASAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

AND HOME CARE

260 E. PROSPECT

NEW HAMPTON, IOWA  50659

Call (641)-394-4053 or Fax (641) 394-5814

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Contact: Lisa Welter

May 20, 2020                                                                                      l.welter@chickasawcoia.org

 

 

 Chickasaw County Confirms 8th Case of Covid-19

 

 

Chickasaw County Public Health has confirmed another case of COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 8 cases, with 7 cases that have recovered and been released from Public Health monitoring.  The eighth case is an adult in the 18-40 year old age range.

 

Additionally, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is now releasing the latest COVID-19 statistics in real time on the coronavirus.iowa.gov website.  Interesting stats that can be found on the website include: 1 of 42 Iowans have been tested, 42% of cases are in the 18-40 year old age range, 381 Iowans are hospitalized with COVID-19 as of today.

 

Please not that IDPH is doing planned maintenance to the website from 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23, through 6 a.m. Monday, May 25, the Case Counts Dashboard will not reflect accurate counts during the maintenance period. All Case Counts will be brought up to date by 6 a.m. Monday, May 25.

 

 

Follow Chickasaw County Emergency Management on facebook for community updates. For nonmedical questions, the Chickasaw County Call Center is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 641-229-8011.


 

CHICKASAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

AND HOME CARE

260 E. PROSPECT

NEW HAMPTON, IOWA  50659

Call (641)-394-4053 or Fax (641) 394-5814

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Contact: Lisa Welter

May 11, 2020                                                                                      l.welter@chickasawcoia.org

 

COVID-19 Cases continue to surface

in Chickasaw County

 

 

Chickasaw County has another confirmed case of COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 6 cases, with 5 cases that have recovered and been released from Public Health monitoring.  The sixth case is an adult in the 18-40 year old age range.

 

In light of the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19, Chickasaw County Public Health encourages residents to be aware of drinking in excess to alleviate stress or to cope with isolation. In addition, excessive use of alcohol can compromise a person’s immune system and possibly put them at greater risk for COVID-19. 

 “Alcohol is the most frequently used substance in Iowa. Alcohol use in the past 30 days is higher for Iowans compared to the national rate,” said Chickasaw County Public Health Director Lisa Welter. “It’s important to be aware of how much alcohol you are consuming, because not all drinks are equal.” Keep these tips in mind for alcohol awareness:

·         Know what a standard “drink” is: 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol content); 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol content); 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits or liquor (40% alcohol content).

·         Know the alcohol consumption guidelines for healthy adults: one drink a day for women of all ages and up to two drinks a day for men under age 65.

·         Don’t binge drink. Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women, and five or more drinks for men during a single occasion.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance use, visit YourLifeIowa.org for free and confidential phone, chat and text services, as well as links to treatment providers. Many providers are offering tele-services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For more information about COVID-19, visit coronavirus.iowa.gov. Follow Chickasaw County Emergency Management on facebook for community updates. For nonmedical questions, the Chickasaw County Call Center is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 641-229-8011. 


 

 

CHICKASAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

AND HOME CARE

260 E. PROSPECT

NEW HAMPTON, IOWA  50659

Call (641)-394-4053 or Fax (641) 394-5814

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Contact: Lisa Welter

May 6, 2020                                                                                        l.welter@chickasawcoia.org

 

 

 Chickasaw County COVID-19 Case Count Correction

 

 

On May 5th, Chickasaw County Public Health announced a sixth case of COVID-19 in Chickasaw County.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that the person lives outside of the county.  The error came from an address that was incorrectly entered into the Iowa Disease Surveillance System (IDSS).  

 

As of May 6th, there are a cumulative total of five cases.  All five cases have recovered and

been released from Public Health monitoring. Chickasaw County Public Health continues to work diligently with local partners and heathcare providers through the Emergency Operations Center in a coordinated response to COVID-19.

 

 

Follow Chickasaw County Emergency Management on facebook for community updates. For nonmedical questions, the Chickasaw County Call Center is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 641-229-8011.

 


 

 

CHICKASAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

AND HOME CARE

260 E. PROSPECT

NEW HAMPTON, IOWA  50659

Call (641)-394-4053 or Fax (641) 394-5814

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Contact: Lisa Welter

May 5, 2020                                                                                        l.welter@chickasawcoia.org

 

 Chickasaw County Confirms another Case of Covid-19

 

Chickasaw County has another confirmed case of COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 6 cases, with 5 cases that have recovered and been released from Public Health monitoring.  Case 5 was released on Monday, May 4.  The sixth case is an adult in the 41-60 year old age range.

 “Life has completely changed for many of us because of COVID-19,” said Chickasaw County Public Health Director Lisa Welter. “Social distancing guidelines are good for helping to slow the spread of the virus, but can be difficult for many, especially if it means isolation from family, friends or co-workers.” 

If you are concerned about your own or a loved one’s use of alcohol or drugs, problem gambling, or mental health, including suicidal thoughts, visit YourLifeIowa.org for free and confidential phone, chat and text services, as well as links to treatment providers. Many providers are offering tele-services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If you are wondering what it’s like to contact Your Life Iowa, you can watch a short video to see how it works. Visit https://youtu.be/YNwODg1jse8. Services are free, confidential, and available 24/7 by phone at 855-581-8111, text at 855-895-8398 or online chat at YourLifeIowa.org. 

 

For more information about COVID-19, visit coronavirus.iowa.gov. Follow Chickasaw County Emergency Management on facebook for community updates. For nonmedical questions, the Chickasaw County Call Center is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 641-229-8011.

 


 

CHICKASAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

AND HOME CARE

260 E. PROSPECT

NEW HAMPTON, IOWA  50659

Call (641)-394-4053 or Fax (641) 394-5814

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Contact: Lisa Welter

April 28, 2020                                                                                     l.welter@chickasawcoia.org

 

Fifth Case of Covid-19 Confirmed in Chickasaw County.

Reminder Social Distancing is Important Outdoors, too.

 

 

Chickasaw County has another confirmed case of COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 5 cases, with 3 cases that have recovered and been released from Public Health monitoring.  The fifth case is an adult in the 41-60 year old group.

 

Thanks all residents that are following social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s important to remember to follow these guidelines even when outside.

 

“We encourage residents to spend time outdoors when possible because it’s beneficial to mental health and physical activity is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Chickasaw County Public Health Director Lisa Welter. “Everyone needs to continue following social distancing guidelines when outdoors because close contact, even outside, can spread the virus that causes COVID-19.”

 

When spending time outdoors, all people should:

·         Maintain social distancing by keeping a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and anyone you encounter outdoors.

·         Spend time outdoors alone, or only with members of your household. This is not the time for team sports or recreation.

·         Avoid popular parks and trails that are frequently crowded. 

·         Avoid touching surfaces like crosswalk buttons, park benches, etc. Carry hand sanitizer with you so you can clean your hands while outside, and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you return home. 

 

For more information about COVID-19, visit coronavirus.iowa.gov. Follow Chickasaw County Emergency Management on facebook for community updates. For nonmedical questions, the Chickasaw County Call Center is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 641-229-8011. 


 

 

 

CHICKASAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

AND HOME CARE

260 E. PROSPECT

NEW HAMPTON, IOWA  50659

Call (641)-394-4053 or Fax (641) 394-5814

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Contact: Lisa Welter

April 24, 2020                                                                                     l.welter@chickasawcoia.org

 

 Chickasaw County Confirms another Case of Covid-19

 

 

Chickasaw County has another confirmed case of COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 4 cases, with 3 cases that have recovered and been released from Public Health monitoring.  The 4th case is an adult in the 18-40 year old age range.

 

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the changes in daily life it has caused can be stressful. Fear and anxiety about the virus can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Chickasaw County Public Health reminds residents coping with stress with make you, the people you care about, and our community stronger.

 

“Stress reactions can include changes in sleep or eating patterns, difficulty concentrating, worsening of chronic health problems and worsening of mental health conditions,” said Chickasaw County Public Health Director Lisa Welter. “This can sometimes lead to increased use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.”

 

It’s important to take care of yourself and your family. Here are some tips for coping with stress:

·         Stay calm: recognize when other people’s emotions are influencing your own. 

·         Unplug: information, real or fake, is a constant in today’s society. It’s important to have facts and stay up-to-date, but it’s also important to take breaks and unplug from the information stream.

·         Make good sleep, exercise and healthy eating your priorities: take time to prepare healthy food, be active and get 8 hours of sleep. 

·         Be educated: one way to address anxiety is to focus on what you can control, like washing your hands and practicing social distancing. Being in control of your own behavior helps lessen the stress caused by fear of the unknown.

 

When symptoms associated with your anxiety affect your ability to function in some part of your life, it’s time to reach out to people you trust to talk about your feelings. You can also find free, confidential help 24/7 online at YourLifeIowa.org with live chat, text at 855-895-8398 or phone at 855-581-8111.

 

 

For more information about COVID-19, visit coronavirus.iowa.gov. Follow Chickasaw County Emergency Management on Facebook for community updates. For nonmedical questions, the Chickasaw County Call Center is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 641-229-8011.


 

CHICKASAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

AND HOME CARE

260 E. PROSPECT

NEW HAMPTON, IOWA  50659

Call (641)-394-4053 or Fax (641) 394-5814

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 17, 2020

 

Contact: Lisa Welter

l.welter@chickasawcoia.org

 

 

 

Chickasaw County Continues to Respond to COVID-19 as another case is Identified

 

As of today, April 17, 2020 there are 3 cases of COVID-19 in Chickasaw County. The new case is a person that is 18-40 years old. Cases 1 and 2 have recovered and been released from public health monitoring. The Chickasaw County Health Department continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic.

 

“When cases of COVID-19 first began being reported in Iowa, they were related to travel outside the state,” said Chickasaw County Public Health Director Lisa Welter. “Now, however, there is widespread community transmission. This means the virus is spreading from person-to-person, and often without known contact with a positive case.”

 

Iowa Code Chapter 22 prohibits the release of information that could lead to the identification of an individual or facility. Chickasaw County Public Health is following Iowa law by not releasing information such as the town where an individual lives. Some states have different confidentiality laws; regardless, information related to where an individual lives or has visited is not essential in protecting the public’s health during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

COVID-19 is circulating widely in the state and in our county. A resident’s chance of being exposed to the virus is high, regardless of contact with a confirmed case. This is why all residents are advised to stay home as much as possible, and when they must leave for essential errands like groceries or to get medication, they maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals and avoid groups of people. This is because the risk of exposure to the virus is NOT limited to exposure to a known case; you could just as easily be exposed to an undiagnosed individual who is at the grocery store.

 

You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • If you must go out for essential errands like getting groceries or prescriptions, go alone if possible and maintain social distancing.
  • Practice social distancing by staying 6-feet away from other individuals. Avoid groups of more than 10 people.
  • Consider wearing a cloth face covering when running essential errands to protect others in case you are infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms, or have not yet developed symptoms.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.iowa.gov and follow Chickasaw County Emergency Management on Facebook.

  


 

CHICKASAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

AND HOME CARE

260 E. PROSPECT

NEW HAMPTON, IOWA  50659

Call (641)-394-4053 or Fax (641) 394-5814

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 16, 2020

 

Contact: Lisa Welter

l.welter@chickasawcoia.org

 

Two Chickasaw County COVID-19 Cases have Recovered

Chickasaw County Public Health has announced that the 2 cases of COVID-19 have recovered and are released from Public Health monitoring. 

“We encourage people to get the facts, rather than spread fear” said Chickasaw County Public Health Director Lisa Welter. “I would advise people to go to the coronavirus.iowa.gov website for the most accurate and up to date information.  The site is a one stop shop for all information pertaining to COVID-19 in Iowa.  The interactive map shows testing stats, the Governor's Proclamations are there for viewing, and the processes for various types of assistance are all easy to access from the page."

Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever (100.4 or greater) and shortness of breath.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should call your health care provider before going into the clinic or hospital.  The provider may have special instructions for you and will determine if you should be tested.

All residents should:

  • Staying home when ill (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities).
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.

Local updates are frequently posted on the Chickasaw County Emergency Management Facebook page.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

CHICKASAW COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

AND HOME CARE

260 E. PROSPECT

NEW HAMPTON, IOWA  50659

Call (641)-394-4053 or Fax (641) 394-5814

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 9, 2020

 

Contact: Lisa Welter

l.welter@chickasawcoia.org

 

Chickasaw County Public Health

Advises Against Easter Travels

 

Easter and spring holidays are a traditional time of family gatherings, celebrations and observances. Like many other events and activities, Chickasaw County Public Health advises residents that these observances should be different this year.

 

“We know many families gather together over Easter and Passover,” said Chickasaw County Public Health Director Lisa Welter. “But, like school, shopping and most other activities, we’re asking residents to modify their plans in light of COVID-19.”

 

Gatherings of family and friends, whether in Chickasaw  County, or by travel to other states, is discouraged. When people come together, the chances of spreading the COVID-19 virus grow. Although people with symptoms of the virus (coughing, fever and shortness of breath) obviously should not be around other people, even those who are seemingly well should do the same. “We are learning that some people with coronavirus don’t have any symptoms, and that even those who later develop symptoms can pass the virus to others before showing symptoms. This is why even people who do not feel ill should stay home,” said Welter.

 

Families and friends are encouraged to find alternate ways to observe holidays and to stay connected. Try Skype, Zoom, FaceTime or other electronic means of connecting, and phone calls and letters are especially welcome during this time of social distancing.

 

As of today, April 9, there are 2 cases of COVID-19 in Chickasaw County. The Chickasaw  County Health Department continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic.

 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

 

  

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