Covid Update

Active Cases in Our Area
Posted on 10/28/2020

Community Health Manager Tara Geddes, RN, MHA, updated the status of the county’s coronavirus situation this week. “We are continuing to see quite a few active cases,” Geddes said. “While there are no specific events/outbreaks that are causing our rate to increase we are continuing to see trends of exposures at group gatherings such as weddings, funerals and parties. In addition to these events the spread within households remains high. This reinforces the need to ensure that household contacts of positive individuals complete the 14 day quarantine,” she explained.

The Iowa Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control are investigating changes in quarantine periods and close contact definitions, but they are still determining if the data would support the change.

Another development is that the Floyd Valley Hospital has received a rapid antigen testing machine for school students and staff. “This will provide individuals with a test result in 15 minutes,” said Geddes. “We just recently received the machine through IDPH and will need to complete required validation measures on it before we can begin offering this test to staff and students,” she explained. They will notify the school when it is available - possibly in the next couple weeks.

She added that this test will only be used for symptomatic individuals and this test does not change the 14-day quarantine requirement for close contacts not wearing masks.