During their update, Jones County Public Health officials noted that COVID-19 was not gone.

Community Health Specialist Jess Wiedenhoff said she was working with partners across the state, the country and internationally to keep an eye on trends and how people were handling cases spiking back up.

“A lot of people are pausing or reversing their reopening because of that rise,” she said, noting most of them were doing it after the rise happened, instead of preemptively.

Wiedenhoff said she’s been working a lot with the schools, both in person and digitally, on putting together their Return to Learn plans.

In addition to the work being done with community partners, the Jones County Public Health Department is also continuing to field questions from the public on availability of thermometers and face masks and seeking information on those that had tested positive.

“They’re asking when it’s coming back and we have to explain to them that, mostly, it never went away,” Wiedenhoff said.

Emergency Management Coordinator Brenda Leonard said she’s been working with senior care centers on what they need to do to be able to reopen and working with schools on possible bulk orders for masks.

As of July 6, there were 60 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jones County, a gain of six confirmed cases since the public health update given June 30. Fifty-two of the 60 cases are considered recovered, according to Iowa’s coronavirus website.

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