First COVID-19 case confirmed in Butler County

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Eclipse News-Review

The first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Butler County.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the person is 61-80 years of age and recovering in isolation.

“While this is Butler 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,” said Butler County Public Health Director Jennifer Becker.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds confirmed Thursday afternoon that Iowa has 179 positive tests for COVID-19, compared to 2,975 negative cases, an increase of 34 positive cases in the last 24 hours. The Butler County positive case was not included in this total.

IDPH recommends 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 and staying home when ill as priority actions for prevention.

The department estimates 80 percent of Iowans will experience only a mild to moderate illness and that most mildly ill Iowans will not need to go to their healthcare provider to be tested for confirmation of COVID-19. Sick Iowans are encouraged to stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house until no fever has been present for 72 hours, other symptoms have improved and seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Healthcare providers should be contacted to determine if someone needs to be seen in the office or if home recovery is possible.

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