I am reaching out to you with some updated information regarding the respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, COVID-19. At this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Polk County. However, several cases have been reported in other counties in Iowa.
Polk County has been working collaboratively with the Iowa Department of Health, and is closely monitoring the situation while leading a coordinated effort to prevent and respond to the COVID-19 virus.
We are very appreciative to the Polk County Health and Emergency Management Departments for leading Polk County’s efforts to keep citizens informed of preventative measures and current information. We would like to share this information with you.
First, you are encouraged to visit the Polk County Health Department website and social media sites for current information. Their website also has an email link to send questions, should you not find the information you are looking for.
In addition, you are encouraged to post a link to the Polk County Health Department, Iowa Department of Public Health, the CDC, and the World Health Organization websites on your agency’s website to help keep our community informed with accurate information. Their links are provided here:
Tips to preventative or minimize a respiratory illness like COVID-19:
Polk County Health Services has evaluated our readiness, as I am sure your leadership teams have as well. We will be looking at upcoming meetings to evaluate need and ability to meet virtually.
Together, we can work to keep COVID-19 incidents in Iowa low.
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