Marion County leaders have been preparing for the likelihood of a positive test in Marion County with strategic planning and safety measures. Marion County Public Health Department has been in contact with the patient, and will be contacting those who have been in contact with the patient to give them direction about steps they need to take. “Marion County residents must also continue to do their part to prevent the spread by practicing safe habits like hand washing, staying home when sick, and continuing to follow the 30 Days to Slow the Spread as set forth by President Trump” said Kim Dorn, Marion County Public Health Director.

Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19, will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans 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.

If you think you may need healthcare, call first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen or if you can recover at home. In order to protect our patients and staff, effective April 4, 2020, the following restrictions will be put into place at local county hospitals:

No visitors will be permitted unless they fall into one of the following categories:
• Patients Under 18 (1 Parent/Caregiver Allowed)
• Birthing Center (1 Support Person Allowed) (Pella Regional only)
• Patients in Need of Assistance (1 Caregiver Allowed)
• Emergency Department and Patients Having Surgery (1 Visitor Allowed)
• End of Life Care (Limit 2 Visitors at Any One Time)

A visitor is defined as any non-patient individual accompanying a patient or coming to the hospital to see a patient.

Marion County and our hospital partners thank the community for their ongoing support and cooperation. We understand these visitor restrictions may be difficult for you. While we are committed to providing a family-centered care environment, right now restricting visitors is in the best interest of our patients, staff, family, friends, and our community.

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa provided by IDPH can be found at https://idph.iowa.gov/. A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.