18 COVID-19 cases reported in Humboldt Co., 12 have recovered

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Humboldt County Public Health have identified four additional cases of COVID-19 in the county. One Humboldt County resident is in the 18-40 age group and three residents are in the 41-60 age group. The four new cases bring the total positive cases in the county to 18. According to the coronavirus website, two cases were identified on May 28, one on May 30 and one on May 31.
The state website reports that as of Monday, 333 citizens have been tested in Humboldt County with 18 positive tests. There have been no Humboldt County deaths. Twelve of the 18 cases have recovered.
Since the Governor's website, https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/ is now updating in real time, this does not mean that disease investigations and contact tracing have been done prior to the state and county updates. There have been and will be circumstances in which a case has been credited to Humboldt County when it should be credited to another county because of exposure and the patient's address.
This is confirmed through disease investigation, thus Humboldt County numbers may continue to fluctuate as local public health staff complete these processes. Humboldt County Public Health will confirm the positive cases that we know to be credited to us every day around 4 p.m. at: https://www.humboldthospital.org/news-events/covid-19-update
The Humboldt County Public Health Department reminds residents that although they are spending more time away from friends and family because of social distancing, state, county and local leaders recognize and appreciate the vital role they serve in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
“This unprecedented time is not easy,” said Humboldt County Public Health Director Joleen Sernett. “We want everyone to know that the actions they are taking - staying away from groups of people and keeping a 6-foot distance from other individuals – are important and make a difference.” These actions, known as social distancing, help slow the spread of COVID-19.
While physical health is a primary focus now, mental health should also be a priority. “Spending most of your time at home means more television and social media, and that often means an overload of information about COVID-19. People may feel lonely and anxious. This is normal, but there are steps we can take to help these non-physical results of COVID-19,” said Sernett
• Use the phone, computer or other devices to connect electronically with friends and family.
• Take time to unplug. It’s important to stay informed, but you can do that by checking in with trusted sources a few times a day.
• Eat healthy meals and find ways to be active. Be sure to eat regular, healthy meals and make time to move.
• Find ways to support others.
• If you need to talk to someone, visit YourLifeIowa.org, where you can online chat. You can also text YourLifeIowa 24/7 at 855-895-8398 or call 855-581-8111. All services are confidential and free.
Humboldt County Public Health thanks all the local businesses, schools, essential service workers, health care providers, coalitions, churches and individuals for doing their part during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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