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Henry County has first confirmed case of coronavirus

Photo courtesy of the Iowa Department of Public Health

There are now 90 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Iowa. New cases have been found in a multitude of counties, including the first in Henry County.
Photo courtesy of the Iowa Department of Public Health There are now 90 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Iowa. New cases have been found in a multitude of counties, including the first in Henry County.

HENRY COUNTY — Henry County now has its first confirmed case of coronavirus. Another case also has been identified in Washington County, which now has two confirmed cases, according to information released by the Iowa Department of Public Health on Saturday, March 21.

A news release from Henry County Public Health states IDPH confirms the individual with the virus is currently self-isolating at home. The individual with the virus is an adult between the ages of 18 and 40, according to a news release from the Office of the Governor.

In response to the news of the first confirmed case, Henry County Public Health Director, Shelley Van Dorin said, “While this is Henry 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.”

The IDPH’s website notes there are 68 confirmed cases in the state, a jump from the 44 confirmed cases on Thursday, March 19.

Since last Thursday, additional cases were identified in Pottawattamie, Polk, Story, Fayette, Johnson, Linn, Muscatine and Washington County, in addition to the case confirmed in Henry County. Johnson County leads in the number of confirmed cases in the state with 27.

Update:

As of Sunday, March 22, the IDPH’s website confirms there are 90 cases in the state. An additional case was identified in Washington County, which now has three confirmed cases. The new case in Washington County is a middle-aged adult between 41 and 60 years old, according to a news release from the Office of the Governor. Henry County still has one confirmed case. Johnson County continues to lead the state with number of confirmed cases at 32.

The Govenor’s Office is suggesting individuals who have recently travelled outside of the state to self-isolate for 14 days.

“This will support Iowa’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and limit the introduction of the virus from other points of travel,” the Govenor’s news release states.