First case of coronavirus confirmed in Cerro Gordo County

'While this is Cerro Gordo County’s first case, it may not be the last...'

Posted: Mar 21, 2020 6:32 PM
Updated: Mar 21, 2020 6:37 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa – The first case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Cerro Gordo County.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says the infected individual is self-isolating at home.

“While this is Cerro Gordo 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,” says Brian Hanft, Director of CG Public Health. “It’s important to remain calm and practice basic infection prevention measures.”

CG Public Health reminds residents those infection prevention measures include:

• Washing hands often 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.

CG Public Health says approximately 80% of people infected with COVID-19 will experience only a mild to moderate illness and mostly mildly ill people do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19.

If you are sick, stay home and isolate yourself 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.

If you think you may need healthcare because you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call the MercyOne Health Line at 641-428-7777. A nurse will assess whether you need to be seen or if you can recover at home.

If you have mild symptoms, or may have come in contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, please read the isolation instructions found here.

CG Public Health says there may also be options for you to talk to a medical provider from home using technology. To help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html to complete the ‘Coronavirus Self-Checker’. If you have general questions about COVID-19, call the COVID-19 Call Center Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Call the state hotline at 2-1-1 when the call center is not open.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 895229

Reported Deaths: 9462
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Ramsey722701040
Dakota66032572
Anoka62513568
Washington39357355
Stearns32821275
St. Louis28761399
Wright25354211
Scott25329181
Olmsted21750127
Sherburne18478126
Carver1629166
Clay11923103
Blue Earth1126366
Rice11234138
Crow Wing11003122
Chisago974676
Kandiyohi9660106
Otter Tail9611126
Benton8815124
Beltrami801794
Goodhue786596
Douglas7689100
Itasca752796
Mower721349
Winona702756
McLeod694483
Isanti681383
Steele669431
Morrison663479
Becker620873
Polk591684
Freeborn550846
Carlton529474
Nobles521654
Lyon518761
Mille Lacs516573
Nicollet510960
Pine500641
Cass491252
Todd483642
Brown465057
Le Sueur445933
Meeker422357
Martin378143
Wabasha366010
Waseca365132
Dodge351511
Hubbard349848
Roseau307931
Fillmore299115
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Redwood277845
Houston266817
Renville264151
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Pennington247529
Sibley246917
Kanabec241536
Cottonwood225032
Chippewa216342
Aitkin215850
Pope203210
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Yellow Medicine185423
Rock174728
Swift169322
Koochiching168123
Stevens164511
Jackson159216
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Marshall151122
Murray150911
Pipestone148329
Lake129824
Lac qui Parle120025
Wilkin119416
Mahnomen104714
Norman10389
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Big Stone9365
Lincoln8705
Kittson71523
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Traverse5996
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Cases: 520452

Reported Deaths: 7289
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Linn32142424
Scott26637292
Black Hawk21974378
Woodbury20490258
Johnson19778105
Dubuque18515241
Pottawattamie15890213
Dallas15320113
Story1380258
Warren8450104
Cerro Gordo7964123
Clinton7725114
Webster7326122
Des Moines7098105
Marshall669093
Muscatine6645117
Wapello6441144
Jasper619591
Sioux610177
Lee5908105
Marion557897
Buena Vista502149
Plymouth488388
Henry418655
Benton404859
Jones404862
Unassigned40470
Bremer395372
Washington391463
Boone389739
Carroll367755
Mahaska365365
Crawford353747
Dickinson314655
Jackson307747
Buchanan305741
Clay295536
Delaware294654
Kossuth289077
Fayette286353
Hardin284353
Tama279777
Page272533
Wright266149
Cedar265527
Hamilton259857
Winneshiek258143
Floyd255449
Clayton244459
Poweshiek237243
Madison234525
Harrison234379
Cass233466
Butler232744
Iowa229634
Jefferson223043
Mills220930
Winnebago215938
Hancock214639
Cherokee211347
Lyon206142
Appanoose205357
Allamakee203955
Calhoun196919
Shelby196442
Union191141
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Grundy183637
Franklin183029
Mitchell182043
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Emmet178246
Louisa176953
Sac171026
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Lucas124426
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Adair114337
Osceola104818
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Taylor98514
Fremont95913
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Ringgold76729
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