Don’t think COVID-19 isn’t here

Although Greene County hasn’t been on the list of counties in which residents have tested positive for COVID-19, residents shouldn’t assume the virus isn’t here.

At Gov Reynolds’ daily press conference Sunday (March 29), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) deputy director Sarah Reisetter said the virus is everywhere.

Reisetter was answering a question about the map IDPH updates showing where COVID-19 patients live. The question came from a reporter in Carroll, who asked “if folks in western Iowa have a false sense of security, and perhaps it (the virus) has spread further?” Continue reading Don’t think COVID-19 isn’t here

COVID-19 numbers growing, still no Greene County cases

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 64 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 298 positive cases (a previously identified positive case in Black Hawk County is not from Iowa) as of March 27 at 6 pm. There have been a total of 4,375 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. Continue reading COVID-19 numbers growing, still no Greene County cases

COVID Friday – Education, courts included in daily press conference

There is no indication of when schools might reopen in Iowa. Ann Lebo, director of the Iowa Department of Education, made brief comments at Gov Kim Reynolds’ daily COVID-19 press conference Friday.

Lebo reported a continuous learning task force came together Wednesday to discuss pathways for providing Iowa schools with immediate, scalable options for online and distance learning during this public health emergency.

Continue reading COVID Friday – Education, courts included in daily press conference

Reynolds closes more retail business, extends disaster declaration two weeks

Iowa Gov Kim Reynolds on Thursday extended the public health disaster declaration through April 16 at 11:59 pm. Her original declaration on March 17 included a March 31 end date.

Reynolds also expanded the public health emergency declaration to suspended all elective and non-essential medical and dental procedures, effective Friday, March 27, at 5 pm. The proclamation specifically names elective surgeries and procedures that utilize personal protective equipment for providers. Continue reading Reynolds closes more retail business, extends disaster declaration two weeks

DNR reminds hunters of online, mobile options to purchase licenses, tags

Protecting yourself during the COVID-19 national pandemic starts with following the guidance from our state and national health experts – maintain at least six feet between each other, wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds, cover your cough, stay home if you feel sick and avoid groups of 10 or more people. These are unprecedented times and personal health and safety takes top priority. Continue reading DNR reminds hunters of online, mobile options to purchase licenses, tags

First COVID-19 death in Iowa confirmed

The office of Gov Kim Reynolds reported early this evening, March 24, the first death in Iowa due to COVID-198. The individual was an older adult, 61-80 years of age, and a resident of Dubuque County.

“Our hearts are heavy with the first loss of an Iowan to COVID-19. The thoughts and prayers of our state are with the family during this difficult time,” said Gov. Reynolds. “I continue to urge all Iowans to protect their health and the health of others, especially older individuals and those with chronic health conditions who are most at risk. We all have a role to play in limiting the spread of this virus.” Continue reading First COVID-19 death in Iowa confirmed

Iowa DPS encourages use of remote services

The following information was released Tuesday, March 24:

DES MOINES, Iowa – While the Iowa Department of Public Safety remains fully operational by providing traffic enforcement, investigative assistance, and administrative support operations, we are also committed to doing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As a result, we are asking Iowans and fellow law enforcement agencies to consider using our wide range of remote public safety services. Continue reading Iowa DPS encourages use of remote services

GrCo public health provides info on self-isolation, how to treat COVID-19 at home

The Greene County public health department shares  important, easy to understand guidance on self-isolation provided Monday by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The IDPH recommends self-isolation for 14 days for anyone who has traveled outside Iowa in the last 14 days, and for persons who live with someone with symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for the illness. Read “Isolation Guidance for Iowans” here.

Read “What Is Self-Isolation” here. Continue reading GrCo public health provides info on self-isolation, how to treat COVID-19 at home

Jeff Telecom provides free wi-fi hotspots

In order to keep people better connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jefferson Telecom has installed six wi-fi hotspots for the public’s use at no charge. The hotspots are intended to be used by students and families for eLearning activities.

Click here for locations and login information.

Because the access to wi-fi is shared, the maximum download speed is 5 Mbps. The hotspots should not be used for streaming or entertainment.

COVID Monday

Reynolds extends deadline for unemployment insurance first quarter payment

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 15 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 105 positive cases. There have been a total of 2,043 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. Continue reading COVID Monday