Another COVID-19 case reported in Humboldt County

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Humboldt County Public Health have identified a third new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Humboldt County. One was reported Wednesday afternoon, another was reported late Thursday morning and another reported late Friday afternoon. The three new Humboldt County residents are in the 41-60-age group and are under public health monitoring.
The latest report brings the total positive cases in Humboldt County to seven. Two were in the 18-40-age range and the other five were in the 41-60-age group. Of the seven cases, Humboldt County Public Health report that three have recovered and four are under public health monitoring. None of the positive COVID-19 cases in Humboldt County have required hospitalization.
Proactive measures by Humboldt County senior living facilities have spared the spread of COVID-19 to any of the county's senior living facilities at this time. Iowa has reported 28 outbreaks at senior living facilities in central and eastern Iowa, with more than 1,000 cases. On Thursday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds reported 655 new positive cases and 12 additional deaths. That brings the statewide total to 11,059 cases and 231 deaths as of Thursday.
According to the coronavirus.iowa.gov website which has a statistical dashboard tracking the number of test assessments in the state by county, Humboldt County has completed 1,156 assessments, which is 12 percent of the county’s 9,558 population, if each person was tested only once. Of course, several of the tests have been on the same person. Of that number, only seven have tested positive for COVID-19.
The breakdown in assessments is 38 percent in the 41-60-age range, 30 percent ages 61-80, 28 percent ages 18-40, 2 percent ages 80 and above and less than 1 percent ages 0-17.
Statewide, 77,792 tests have been administered. A total of 12,373 individuals have tested positive, with 5,249 recovered. There has been 271 deaths reported. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said cases in eastern Iowa are stabilizing and trending downward, while cases in central and western Iowa re increasing as more people are being tested for COVID-19. She reported more targeted testing for strategic diagnostic and serology testing. She reported that 1,324 long-term care residents in 115 facilities across the state have been tested. She also reported ramped up testing at meat packing plant locations throughout the state.

Mask notification
On Wednesday, May 6, Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) announced that all patients, visitors and vendors are required to wear a face covering upon entering (HCMH.
New information is emerging every day on how coronavirus spreads and the best ways to protect against COVID-19. The most effective protections include washing your hands frequently with soap and water and practicing physical and social distancing. However, wearing cloth face masks or coverings in public when social distancing can’t be observed, does slow the spread of COVID-19.
Beginning Wednesday, May 6, patients and visitors will be required to wear a personal homemade or cloth face covering while on hospital property and are highly encouraged to bring their own cloth face covering to help conserve the supply of masks for front-line medical staff. For people who do not have a facemask, one will be provided. Please note, visitor restrictions remain in place until further notice with few exceptions.
This decision is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health experts.
Patients and visitors will see staff providing direct patient care wearing surgical masks and face shields. In procedural areas, additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be worn by staff, according to Infection Prevention and Control guidelines. Staff working in non-patient care areas will also be wearing a mask or face covering.
Your understanding and compliance with these mandatory guidelines is greatly appreciated.

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