MAHASKA COUNTY — A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Mahaska County.
According to Mahaska Health, testing reported to The Iowa Department of Public Health indicated one positive case on Wednesday, March 25.
An adult between the ages of 61–80, according to the IDPH, is believed to have contracted the virus via community spread. The individual did require hospitalization.
Mahaska County Public Health Coordinator Patty Malloy said, “while this is Mahaska 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.”
Malloy suggested 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.
According to the news release, approximately 80 percent of Iowans invected with COVID-19 will experience only mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm if they have COVID-19. “Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house. Stay home and isolate yourself from others until you have had no fever for at least 72 hours without use of fever-reducing medicines; until other symptoms have improved; and at least one week since symptoms first appeared.”
As of March 26, 145 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa, including a case in Wapello County announced on Monday, March 23. There has so far been one death in Iowa – a person between the ages of 61 and 80 who lived in Dubuque County, officials announced Tuesday, March 24.
It is not immediately clear where in Mahaska County the case was found.
According to the IDPH, there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
spreading the virus
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
• It may be possible, according to the IDPH, that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.