March 26, 2020 - 9:49 am - Posted in News

From Health Services of Lyon County (The Lyon County Public Health department):

“To ensure the community members remain updated with the activities of Public Health, I wanted to send all of you a weekly update.

Positive Cases: We have no cases in Lyon County as of 5:00 p.m. today. Public Health continues to work on the pandemic plan phase of reducing the spread of illness and disease by education resources to all communities. We do not receive information from the state on negative cases or the number of people in our county that have been tested.

Education and Illness Prevention information: To date, we have sent information out to businesses, daycares, faith organizations, schools, county government, restaurants and bars, and salons and spas. Today I had a web meeting with state officials and they identified some great information that I would like to share with all of you:

80% of the cases that are positive are mild illness 15-20% are severe illness and this is the population we are really trying to ensure don’t get sick with the mitigation strategies that have been put into place.

Our overall goal with Public Health officials is to limit everyone being ill at the same time in order to not overburden our healthcare systems. In order to accomplish this the following mitigation strategies have been put in place thus far:

Personal health measures – ensuring we are using good handwashing, staying home even when mildly ill, cover our cough and sneezes. We do not want people going out into the public when they have a fever, cough or breathing problems.

Social distancing measures – reducing groups of people to no more than 10 and avoiding close areas when you are in large groups. Ensuring we have people 6 feet apart to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets if someone should cough or sneeze; Medical facilities are beginning to implement telehealth services and telelearning. Businesses are looking at teleworking from home; we are encouraging persons to decrease non-essential medical appointments.

Shelter in Place – this is a higher intervention which at this time the Governor does not see a need to implement, along with the Department of Public Health. They feel that if we continue to follow measures #1 and #2 we will be able to prevent the spread of illness and limit positive cases. Shelter in place is where you must stay home and not leave unless it is absolutely essential.

ISERV- The Department of Public Health has sent out notices to nursing, medical and healthcare boards to have nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Medical assistants, physicians and nurses to go onto ISERV and put in their information. This list will allow the state a pool of healthcare resources to utilize in the event additional personnel are needed to assist hospitals and long term care once all facility resources have been exhausted.

Clinic and Hospital collaboration – We continue to work with our health partners on identifying needs and utilizing all of our resources.
Daycares – to date we only know of one daycare facility that has closed as they wanted to reduce the risk of illness. All other daycare centers and providers are following DHS childcare guidelines for COVID 19.

Thank you for collaborating with Public Health on the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Sincerely,
Melissa M. Stillson, RN
Public Health Administrator
Health Services of Lyon County
Ph. 712-472-8200
Fax 712-472-4039
Email: mstillson@co.lyon.ia.us”

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