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Spirit Lake, IA (March 26, 2020) A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Dickinson County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is receiving treatment in isolation.

“While this is Dickinson 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 Lakes Regional Healthcare Director of Population and Public Health Brandon Rohrig. 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.
  • Practicing social distancing, staying at least 6 feet away from others whenever possible.

Approximately 80% of people infected with COVID-19 will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill people do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Those who are sick 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)
    AND
  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
    AND
  • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

“We have been preparing for this day for some time as a medical community, and we feel as equipped as  possible to weather this storm,” said Dickinson County Board of Health Chair Zachary Borus, MD, MPH.

“Thank you for all of your efforts to keep our community safe and for all your sacrifices in this difficult time. Please remember to stay home unless it is essential that you go out, check in remotely on friends and family, and keep yourselves safe and healthy. We will continue to be transparent in our communication with the community.”

If you have fever, cough, or shortness of breath or have COVID-19 questions, call Lakes Regional Healthcare’s COVID-19 Call Center at 712-336-6696. Health professionals can answer your questions and assess whether you need to be seen or if you can manage at home. The hospital and Avera clinics are currently rolling out telemedicine visit options as well, with more information to come, as we continue to encourage social distancing, especially when ill.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Dickinson County, follow Lakes Regional Healthcare on Facebook. For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Iowa, visit the IDPH website at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus.

Michael Ehret
  DICKINSON COUNTY
  EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Dickinson County Courthouse
1802 Hill Ave, Ste B103
  Spirit Lake, IA 51360
712-336-3987
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