First Covid-19 case confirmed in county

A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in a resident of Ringgold County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the individual is an adult age 18 to 40 and is recovering at home. By HIPAA privacy and Iowa Code Chapter 22 laws, no further information can be given at this time.
Ringgold County Public Health has been proactively preparing for the likelihood of a positive test in Ringgold County. While this is the first confirmed base, this is likely not the last case we will see, especially as testing the virus is increasing. “We encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” said Ringgold County Public Health Administrator, Becky Fletchall.
Approximately 80 percent of Iowans infected with COVID-19 will experience only mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans may not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm that they have COVID-19.
If you think that you may need to visit a healthcare provider, 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 about novel coronavirus, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1.

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