First three presumptive positive cases of coronavirus reported in Iowa

Posted at 6:16 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 00:18:34-04

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa. (KMTV) — A press release from the Iowa Governor's Office said testing has indicated three presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Iowa.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), all three individuals are from Johnson County and were part of a cruise in Egypt.

One individual is a middle-aged adult (41-60 years) and two older adults (61-80). Two had underlying health conditions while one did not.

The press release said none of the cases required hospitalization and those impacted are recovering at home in isolation.

“The state of Iowa has been coordinating plans across state agencies, including a partial activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), to protect the health of Iowans and assess our operational needs. While these are the first cases, it may not be the last and it’s why Iowans must continue to practice safe habits like hand washing and staying home from work when sick,” said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. “My team is engaged through the President’s Coronavirus Task Force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, as well as the nation’s governors to work collaboratively to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

These are the first cases identified in Iowa.

Testing to confirm the cases are pending at the CDC.

For more information about coronavirus in Iowa, visit this website.

A public hotline is also available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1.

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