Jones County Public Health has been notified of the first death associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Jones County in a resident aged 61-80 years, the department said in a press release July 12.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones who are grieving and urge everyone to continue to take the necessary steps to minimize your exposure to COVID-19,” Jones County Public Health Director Jenna Lovaas said. “Our top priority continues to be protecting the health of our entire community. All of us must do our part to stop the spread of this novel coronavirus.”

We encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority. These actions include:

• Washing hands frequently 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.

• Maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from others.

• Wearing a mask when out in public.

The first case in the county was reported March 29. No cases were reported July 13, breaking a streak of eight straight days where a positive case had been reported in the county, the longest consecutive streak since cases were initially reported. Cases across the state peaked May 6, but there has been an upward trend in cases since June 25. There have been 74 positive cases of COVID-19 reported, 56 of those have recovered. There are two active cases among the staff at the Anamosa State Penitentiary, according to the Iowa Department of the Corrections website.

Updated data for the county can be found at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov.

You can follow Jones County Public Health on Facebook at @jcphiowa and on Twitter at @JonesCoPH. In addition, a public hotline is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

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