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Health Department mass gathering recommendations for COVID-19


This news story was published on March 15, 2020.
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MASON CITY – There is currently no known community spread of COVID-19 in (Cerro Gordo County) at this time (but it has reached parts of Iowa). However, with continued limited testing capabilities to identify cases and recent increased spring break travel, CG Public Health is trying to delay the spread of COVID-19. The goal is to increase social distancing to slow the spread of illness to prevent a huge spike in the number of people getting sick all at once.

“Iowa has not identified community spread of COVID-19 at this time, however we are encouraging people to follow social distancing guidelines,” said Brian Hanft, Director of CG Public Health. “We are urging business, schools, childcare centers and event organizers to adopt our preemptive approach as a united community to reduce the spread of illness.”

CG Public Health is recommending the following:

  • Businesses disinfect workspaces, common areas, surfaces and objects frequently using approved cleaning products, encourage employees to stay home when ill/symptomatic, implement flexible staff attendance and sick leave policy as well as practice social distancing.
  • Event organizers consider postponing large events (e.g. – mass gatherings include public events, church services, sporting events, concerts, weddings, conferences, etc.)
  • Older adults and those with chronic health conditions stay away from others who are sick, limit close contact with others in general, avoid crowds and wash hands often.

“The most important thing to remember is practicing basic public health infection control measures. Wash your hands, stay home when you’re sick, and cover your cough with your upper arm,” states Karen Crimmings, the Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Manager.

The situation related to COVID-19 is changing rapidly. North Iowans should closely monitor our website and social media (@CGPublicHealth) for updated guidance if or when community spread of disease is identified.

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14 Responses to Health Department mass gathering recommendations for COVID-19

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Earlier I posted a comment about CG health dept, but it must have been deleted. So I will try again.

    “MASON CITY – March 15 2020. There is currently no known community spread of COVID-19 in (Cerro Gordo County) at this time”

    A week age I heard that there were 2 cases in Mercy Hospitol. That information came from a Mercy employee.

    So who’s not telling the truth?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 18, 2020 at 8:38 am

      I think the keyboard statement is no cases of “community spread” coronavirus In Cerro Gordo County

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    mint Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2020 at 8:02 am

    ignorant people are easy to herd, Jesus said be of the world not “part” of it, question – 1.)Who owns the main stream media, 2.)Georgia Guidestones,3.)Agenda 2030, 4.)Can statistics from this virus be verified by more than one source, 5.)More people die from miss diagnosis and prescribed pharmaceuticals than all other causes of death 6.) Dean Koontz book (Eyes Of Darkness)1981,https://youtu.be/MqDbMxe86Mg, writes about the virus, 7.)T Corona which means “crown” in Latin is in a movie in the 90’s, 8.) The virus Corona is also listed old Lysol bottles – this is not a new or unknown virus

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    I bet diamond jo doesn’t close. All there customers are old, sick, on oxygen and smoking.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 17, 2020 at 11:14 am

      You lose your bet at noon, Tuesday.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you to the Governor of Minnesota for closing all their schools. Please call our Governor and talk to her. She’s slow in responding to this common sense decision. Like it’s not going to get worst. Social isolation is the key to halting this very rapidly spreading virus. For everyone that’s confirmed at least 10 more have it.Odds are this could be way higher. Please Governor close the schools now.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 15, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      Most schools have already closed. And, the Governor had nothing to do with it.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2020 at 10:41 am

    National quarantine is on it’s way. Be prepared. Also, going out to bars might not be a good idea either. It is rapidly spreading without a doubt. Older Americans, those with health issues, smokers and obesity are all at high risk. Stay safe. Stay home. Grocery stores in large cities took a heavy hit this weekend. Bare shelving is a reality.

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      mint Reply Report comment

      March 16, 2020 at 8:08 am

      Do you have the statistics quote you, “of it rapidly spreading”, could you post two different sources. Thank you

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        Jubilee Reply Report comment

        March 17, 2020 at 8:57 pm

        HaHaHaHa Truth over facts! The combo is 2-4-16-225-2,500-225,000. Very, very rapidly. This is unheard of. Worst ever since the black plague. Just wait…