Monroe County Public Health

Local Public Health Agency

Mission: PREVENT~PROMOTE~PROTECT

Operating as usual

[12/07/20]   As of 12/7/2020 Monroe County has 9 new cases of COVID-19. 1 is in the 0-17 age range, 4 are in the 18-40 range and 4 are in the 41-60 age range. Our county cumulative total is 476. There are 19 newly recovered cases to report today. There are 125 active cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County.

[12/04/20]   As of 12/4/2020 Monroe County has 3 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 1 in the 0-17 age range, 1 in the 18-40 age range, and 1 in the 41-60 age range. This brings our cumulative total to 467. There are 11 new recovered cases as of today. There are 135 active cases.

[12/04/20]   As of 12/3/2020 Monroe County has 8 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 2 in the 18-40 age range, 3 in the 41-60 age range, 2 in the 61-80 age range and 1 in the 81 and over range. This brings our cumulative total to 464. There are 143 active cases.

[12/02/20]   As of 12/2/2020 Monroe County has 13 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 1 in the 0-17 age range, 3 in the 18-40 range, 3 in the 41-60 range, 5 in the 61-80 range and 1 in the 81 and over age range. This brings our county cumulative total to 456. There are 14 new recovered cases to report. There are 135 active cases in Monroe County.

We are deeply saddened to announce the 13th COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. We, as well as all of our community partners, send our deepest condolences to the family of this individual. Our community holds this family in our thoughts and prayers. Out of respect to the family’s privacy we are unable to release any details about the individual other than they were in the 61-80 age group.

[12/01/20]   As of 12/1/2020 Monroe County has 3 new cases of COVID-19 to report. All 3 are in the 18-40 age range. This brings our cumulative total to 443. There are 137 active cases.

[11/30/20]   As of 11/30/2020 Monroe County has 9 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 1 is in the 0-17 age range, 1 in the 18-40 range, 2 in the 41-60 range, 4 in the 61-80 range and 1 in the 81 and over age range. There have been 440 total cases in Monroe County. There are 28 new recovered cases to report. There are 134 active cases.

[11/25/20]   As of 11/25/2020 Monroe County has 3 new cases of COVID-19 to report. Our county cumulative count is 431. 2 are in the 18-40 age range, 1 is in the 81 and older age range. There are 8 newly recovered cases to report. There are 153 active cases.

[11/24/20]   As of 11/24/2020 Monroe County has 4 new cases of COVID-19 to report. Our county cumulative count is 428. 1 is in the 0-17 age range, 1 is in the 18-40 age range, 1 is in the 41-60 age range and 1 is in the 61-80 age range. There are 158 active cases.

Thank you Sue Shroyer!!!! 😘

[11/23/20]   As of 11/23/2020 Monroe County has 22 new cases of COVID-19 to report; this includes cases for Saturday, Sunday and today. There are 7 in the 0-17 group, 5 in the 18-40 group, 3 in the 41-60 group and 7 in the 61-80 group. We have a cumulative total of 424 cases. There are 11 new recovered cases. There are 154 active cases.

As community spread of COVID-19 continues to blanket Iowa and Monroe County, it is imperative that you remain in quarantine until you have been released by trained public health staff. COVID-19 can incubate in your body for up to 14 days, so even if you feel fine at the time, you could become symptomatic and sick the following day and potentially expose many more people to the virus.
Remember, quarantine and isolation aren't just about protecting you, it's also about protecting everyone that you would come into contact with who might also become ill. Aside from illness and potential complications, exposing others causes work and potential financial strains for them.

We are in this together, but we can do so much better than we are currently doing, Monroe County. We must keep our social circles smaller and consistent. We are seeing a variety of close contacts being reported and this is broadening the exposures and the spread of this virus. The more this virus spreads, the more vulnerable individuals it can reach, the more severe complications we may encounter. We are getting reports of individuals on quarantine that should be away from others, that are testing positive and having multiple close contacts to report. Quarantine is meant to distance the exposed person away from everyone else, with the potential exception of household family.

This week is the beginning of the holiday season, but it is important that we live this year differently than last year. We can do this together. Healthcare resources and availability are at stake. If we continue to spread this virus around without slowing or controlling the spread with masks, and distancing and hygiene practices and avoiding close contacts, we may not have rooms or staff available for any illness in Iowa hospitals when we need care. Make careful choices this holiday season. Think small and safe this Thanksgiving.

It’s a different holiday season this year, but we can still see some family faces. You can get a free Zoom subscription and the 40 minute limit won’t apply for Thanksgiving Day!

[11/20/20]   As of 11/20/2020 Monroe County has 8 new cases of COVID-19. 4 are in the 0-17 range, 1 is in the 18-40 range, and 1 is in the 41-60 age range, 1 is in the 61-80 age range and 1 is in the 81 and older age range. We have had a total of 405 cases. There is 1 new recovered case to report today. There are 145 active cases.

[11/20/20]   Thank you to St Pat’s of Georgetown for the pizza today. We appreciate it and appreciate everything you all have done to make attendance at mass safe🥰

[11/19/20]   • Due to an excessive accumulation of
overtime/comp. time for Public Health
Nursing staff, we will no longer be available
or taking call outside of office hours. This
will be effective immediately. We have included
detailed guidelines and information for your
review and we will be available by phone
@ 641-932-7191 during business hours;
8am-4pm on weekdays, excluding county
holidays.
• If you have concerns about your health or
symptoms, contact your healthcare
provider or seek care. Call ahead and notify
them that you have tested positive for
COVID-19 or have been exposed.
• If you have been tested for COVID-19 and
are awaiting results, STAY HOME and isolate
away from others until your receive your
results.
• If you are not feeling well with even minor
symptoms, STAY HOME.
• If you are notified by your healthcare
provider of a positive result for COVID-19,
STAY HOME and isolate away from others.
Public Health will contact you on the next
business day with further guidance. Be
prepared with a list of your close contacts from
48 hours before your symptoms started.
• Isolation and quarantine are often thrown out
together, but they are actually for two different
situations. They both mean the same
restrictions for the individual.
• Isolation is for individuals that are ill with
and/or test positive for COVID-19.
• Quarantine is for close contacts of positive
COVID-19 cases. It lasts for 14 days from the
last exposure to the COVID-19 case.
• If you have been advised to isolate or
quarantine, STAY HOME. Stay away from
others and do not go to public places. Stay
home through the end of your recommended
date.
• Isolation and quarantine are a strain on each
individual. Exposing others and having large
and varied social groups makes it a personal
and financial hardship on each contact, not to
mention that they and their family may
experience illness.
• For positive COVID-19 cases: Isolation is for
at least 10 days from symptom starting or test
date. At the end of the 10 days the individual
must be 24 hours fever free without the use of
medications and have improved symptoms.
Isolation will continue on a day to day basis
after the 10 days until 24 hours fever free and
symptom improvement criteria are met.
• Why 10 days of isolation? An individual is
considered contagious from 48 hours before
their test date or symptom onset, to 10 days
after (longer if symptoms aren’t improved and
fever continues).
• Quarantine is for close contacts of positive
COVID-19 cases. It lasts for 14 days from the
last exposure to the COVID-19 case.
• If household members can’t or don’t
socially distance (like a parent that needs to
care for a young child), then their quarantine
doesn’t start until the COVID-19 case is
finished with their isolation; this could mean up
to 24 days out of work for parents, siblings or
caregivers.
• Why 14 days? 14 days is the incubation period
for COVID-19; the length of time it can take
between exposure and first symptoms. You
cannot test out of a quarantine with a negative
COVID-19 test. You could still become ill during
the rest of your 14 days and needs to stay
quarantined at home away from others.
• Isolation/Quarantine means staying home. No
work and no play.
• Only law enforcement, some healthcare
personnel and some critical infrastructure
employees that have critical staffing shortages
are exempt from these guidelines for work
purposes only. When not working at an
essential employer, you need to abide by
quarantine guidelines.
We can take every day actions and
considerations to prevent and slow the spread
of COVID-19 by decreasing our personal
exposures and contacts.
• Maintain social distance of 6ft or more with
anyone outside of your household.
• Wear a mask when you are out in public.
• Keep your circle small and carefully consider
travel.
• Avoid group gatherings where you won’t be
able to socially distance.
• Wash your hands or sanitize regularly.
• Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly.
• Wash your cloth masks daily.

[11/19/20]   As of 11/19/2020 Monroe County has 6 new cases of COVID-19. 1 is in the 0-17 range, 2 are in the 18-40 range, and 3 are in the 41-60 age range. We have had a total of 397 cases. There are 2 new recovered cases to report today. There are 138 active cases.

[11/18/20]   As of 11/18/2020 Monroe County has 12 new cases of COVID-19. 2 are in the 0-17 range, 5 are in the 18-40 range, 4 are in the 41-60 range and 1 is in the 61-80 age range. We have had a total of 391 cases. There are 2 new recovered cases to report today. There are 134 active cases.

[11/17/20]   As of 11/17/2020 Monroe County has 6 new cases of COVID-19. 1 is in the 18-40 year age group, 2 are in the 41-60 year age group, 1 is in the 61-80 year age group, and 2 are in the 81 and older age group. We have had a total of 243 recovered cases. There are currently 124 active cases.

[11/16/20]   As of 11/16/2020 Monroe County has 2 new cases of COVID-19. Both are in the 41-60 age range. We have had a total of 374 cases. There are 128 active cases.

This morning Monroe County's Board of Health adopted a Directive with strong safety recommendations for the community and Monroe County. Any response to COVID-19 that is to be effective must be carried out by each and every community member playing their part. We must make safer choices for our own health, our family, friends and community and for Iowa's healthcare systems.

[11/15/20]   As of 11/15/2020 Monroe County has 6 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 2 are in the 18-40 age range, 3 are in the 41-60 age range and 1 is in the 61-80 age range. There have been a total of 372 cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County.

[11/14/20]   As of 11/14/2020 Monroe County has 7 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 3 are in the 0-17 age range, 1 is in the 18-40 age range, 2 are in the 41-60 age range and 1 is in the 81 and older age range. There are currently 122 active cases. There have been a total of 366 cases in Monroe County.

[11/13/20]   As of 11/13/2020 Monroe County has 7 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 3 are in the 18-40 age range, 3 are in the 41-60 age range and 1 is in the 61-80 age range. There have been 359 total cases. There are 2 new recovered cases to report today. There are 115 active cases.

desmoinesregister.com

Public apathy frustrates COVID-19 contact tracers: 'We know people are lying to us'

Sad, but true

desmoinesregister.com “It’s been hell, if you want me to be honest. It’s been hell,” said Christine Estle, administrator of the Jefferson County Health Department.

[11/12/20]   As of 11/12/2020 Monroe County has 17 new cases of COVID-19. 3 are in the 18-40 age range, 5 are in the 41-60 age range, 4 are in the 61-80 age range and 5 are in the 81 and over age group. There have been 352 total cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County. There are 43 new recovered cases. There are 110 active cases.

[11/11/20]   As of 11/11/2020 Monroe County has 5 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 1 is in the 0-17 range, 3 are in the 18-40 range, and 1 is in the 41-60 range. There are a total of 335 cumulative cases. There are 135 active cases.

ottumwacourier.com

Centerville hospital full; mayor declares emergency

Please take this disease seriously

ottumwacourier.com CENTERVILLE — The Centerville Mayor has declared a public emergency, signing a proclamation to “strongly recommend” mask wearing as the local hospital is now at capacity.

[11/10/20]   As of 11/10/2020 Monroe County has 6 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 1 is in the 18-40 range, 3 are in the 41-60 range and 2 are in the 61-80 age range. There are a total of 330 cumulative cases. There are 130 active cases.

[11/10/20]   Monroe County Public Health will be closed, along with the other county offices, tomorrow for Veteran's Day. We will return to the office on Thursday at 8:00am.

Summary of Enhanced Public Health Measures from the Governor.

Effective Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 12:01 a.m. until Monday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m.

Please, be aware of our current status as a state. Our major hospitals are nearing capacity and urging each and every one of us to start working together to make a change now. We must slow the spread of this virus, so that we can adequately and safely care for Iowans.
-Wear a mask when you are out in public. If you’re a business owner, protect your patrons and business by encouraging or requiring masks.
-Wash your hands.
-Get your flu shot.
-Limit your contacts.

If we want healthcare to be available for our families, friends, neighbors and fellow Iowans, we must make changes.

ATTENTION POLK COUNTY RESIDENTS: Polk County hospitals set a new record for COVID-19 positive inpatients with 191. This is the highest we have been throughout the pandemic. UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and Broadlawns Medical Center are coming together today to plea to our community to please help in our fight against COVID-19. Please read our critical message to the community: https://cutt.ly/mgXxYWk

[11/09/20]   As of 11/9/2020 Monroe County has 3 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 1 is in the 18-40 group, 1 is in the 41-60 group and 1 is in the 61-80 group. We have a cumulative total of 324 cases. There are 6 new recovered cases today. There are 124 active cases.

[11/08/20]   COVID-19 update for 11/8/20.
We have 6 new cases today. 2 in the 0-17 age group, 2 in the 18-40 age group, 2 in the 41-60 age group, and 0 in the 61-80 age group. Our cumulative number of cases is 321. Out total active case count is 127.

[11/07/20]   COVID-19 update for 11/7/20. We have 7 new cases today. 1 in the 0-17 age group, 3 in the 18-40 age group, 2 in the 41-60 age group, and 1 in the 61-80 age group. Our cumulative number of cases is 315.

[11/06/20]   COVID-19 update for 11/6/20. We have 11 new cases today. 2 in the 0-17 age group, 4 in the 18-40 age group, 4 in the 41-60 age group, and 1 in the 61-80 age group. Our cumulative number of cases is 308.

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