FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2020
Contact: Christa Poggemiller
First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Des Moines County
A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Des Moines County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is self-isolating at home.
“While this is Des Moines 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,” said Des Moines County Public Health Director Christa Poggemiller. These actions include:
• 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.
• Staying home when ill.
Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19, will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house. Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:
• You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
• other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
• at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
If you think you may need healthcare, call first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home. There may also be options for you to talk to a medical provider from home using technology.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.
Great River Health has established a 24-hour public call center to provide answers to questions about COVID-19 and direct callers to health system resources. The telephone numbers are 800-871-3313, toll-free, or 319-768-1009.
The call center is staffed by registered nurses who can answer questions about respiratory symptoms and potential exposure to the illness.
Callers who have a cough or difficulty breathing and a fever may be referred to the health system’s new Respiratory Center at Family Medicine-Great River Medical Center, 1201 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. Appointments are required. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 am. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Respiratory Center appointments also can be made through other Great River Medical Center and Great River Health primary-care clinics.
Family Medicine patients who need appointments for other acute symptoms will be seen by a provider at Family Medicine, Mercy.
Patients with symptoms that are tolerable are encouraged to remain at home and self-quarantine for at least seven days or until they are fever-free without medication and have no symptoms for three days.
Where to go for more information
• For more information, visit greatriverhealth.org
• For COVID-19 questions, call the Iowa Department of Public Health by dialing 211.
Due to the COVID-19 Virus concerns, the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant seen an increase in wipes labeled “flushable” being flushed into the City’s sewer mains. The City of West Burlington wants residents to be aware that wipes that are sold as “flushable” are in fact not safe for your sewer line or the City’s sewer pipes. Flushing of wipes causes cities to spend thousands of dollars on premature equipment repair and replacement. Wipes snag on any imperfection in sewer pipes, catch passing debris and grease, and create a “ball” that will grow to eventually plug the pipe. The wipes get drawn into sewer-lines and wastewater treatment plant pumps and clog and damage the pumps. Municipalities must manually clear out the pumps or remove the clogs. The following is list of items that do not flush into the City’s sewer mains, both “flushable” and “non-flushable”.
• Wipes of any kind, flushable and non-flushable
• Feminine hygiene products, condoms, contraceptives
• Excessive fats, oil, grease
• Bandages, wrappings
• Cigarette butts and coffee grounds
• Disposable diapers and dryer sheets
• Ear swabs, cotton balls, dental floss
• Facial tissue, paper towels, scrubbing pads
• Pet waste, kitty litter
• Automotive fluid
• Paint, solvents, sealants, thinners
• Poisons, hazardous waste
• Plastic of any kind
• Inorganic materials
• Syringes, needles, sharps
The only material that should be flushed is that which comes from the body and toilet paper.
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