Novel Coronavirus Update

February 5, 2020 10:43 AM

Health Services is aware that there may be some concern and worry about Novel Coronavirus currently in the headlines and on the news worldwide. We want to assure parents and guardians that we are in regular contact with Linn County Public Health and would be notified if a case of Novel Coronavirus is officially diagnosed in the state.

LCPH would lead the response in our schools if a student, staff or visitor were to test positive for Novel Coronavirus. Important facts to know about Novel Coronavirus:

1. There are 7 forms of Coronavirus which can infect humans. Of the 7, 4 are associated with mild symptoms- the common cold- which most people in the world have been exposed to many times in their lives.
2.. The other 3 are rare: MERS, SARS, and the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
3.. There are NO suspected cases in Iowa and NO Iowan has been tested for Novel Coronavirus.
4.. When a person is tested for Novel Coronavirus, that sample is sent to the CDC in Atlanta and takes 48 hours to return. That person would be quarantined to their home during those 48 hours and Public Health would start a contact investigation.
5. As always, the best prevention is thorough, frequent handwashing, covering your cough and sneezes, and staying home when you are ill.
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