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Health department director warns “large numbers of people frequenting area business with no concern for social distancing”


This news story was published on March 24, 2020.
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MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo county’s health department director warned this morning that  “large numbers of people frequenting area business with no concern for social distancing” have been observed during the current coronavirus outbreak and things need to change.

“Iowa now has a total of 90 positive cases of COVID-19, IDPH announced 3/22/2020,” said Brian Hanft, health department director. “1215 negative tests have been conducted at the State Hygienic Lab. Below you will see the details about the weekly press conference.

Hanft

“Yesterday I discussed everyone making ‘staying home’ our new normal. Despite our continued messaging, I still see large numbers of people frequenting area business with no concern for social distancing. As our first responders carry out their efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, I must emphasize the “stay home” message again, again, and again. I hear of community events where groups of people larger than 10, coming together for various gathering purposes like youth sports planning, auctions, parties, and other general events. Although some businesses are still allowed to remain open, people should only visit them for essential supplies and gatherings of more than 10 people should cease immediately. Please remember that the spread of this virus, or the lack thereof, is determined by each and every person taking responsibility to follow these rules. I am pleading for everyone to own their actions and stay home whenever possible. If group gatherings must take place, do it via zoom meetings, skype, or another electronic method. The goal of our response efforts is to limit the impact on those who are immunocompromised, have underlying health conditions, or are part of the population at higher risk. By doing your part, you will help contain the spread and save lives. Thank you.”

– Brian Hanft, Director of CG Public Health

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35 Responses to Health department director warns “large numbers of people frequenting area business with no concern for social distancing”

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 27, 2020 at 4:41 am

    Brian had a good teacher Ron who just retired from public health he lies to. Just warning the people at Mason City. The honest ones who worked at Public Health move the way I don’t blame them. I wouldn’t want to work for a boss who tells you to lie and cover-up stuff

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 27, 2020 at 4:30 am

    Brian acts like he’s concerned about people but really he’s just concerned about his paycheck. I know people that’s had dealings with the public help and they say it’s worthless when something is wrong they won’t tell you the truth Brian lie just worn the citizens of Mason City of who’s running their town. They all lie

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    Ooga Booga Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    “I still see large numbers of people frequenting area business with no concern for social distancing.”

    Well stay home then, Brian.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2020 at 4:46 am

    Don’t believe a word that man tells you he lies to people in Mason City

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Not to worry, it will all be gone it 15 days, it will be a miracle, it will be so beautiful….Just ask Trump

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Plenty of room at target and o’Reillys. Maybe they went to the outer edge.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 25, 2020 at 7:37 am

      Do you even know that “The Outer Edge” has been closed for many, many years?

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        Carnac Reply Report comment

        March 25, 2020 at 7:50 am

        Maybe he means the outer edge , where his mind is

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          March 25, 2020 at 8:51 am

          and that’s not very far away!

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            Anonymous

            March 26, 2020 at 8:44 am

            You ladies got schooled in fake new, you’re learning.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    IT IS A DEMOCRAT-LIBERAL VIRUS PURE AND SIMPLE. IT IS GOD’S WAY OF GETTING EVEN FOR KILLING INNOCENT BABIES. ONLY GODLESS DEMOCRATS WILL DIE FROM THIS VIRUS…

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 30, 2020 at 1:52 am

      You definitely are delusional. This is affecting people in every different way of life. This virus isn’t going through the air looking for Democrats and by passing Republicans… lol “oh you’re Republican, shit let me get out of your nose… oh ok their you go republican I’m out you’re safe… see you later I’m on a hunt for only Democrats “ .. you’re an idiot. A true Christian knows no death or sickness is wished upon anyone especially God. Who died for everyone? Even the sinners. This is a great example of a judgmental Christian thinking they have the right to judge and jury, thinks they are higher up… apparently better then God himself spreading hate, judgement and death wish on certain people… this is why “these so called “ Christians will actually meet the devil in hell.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    At Hy Vee East today. No one paying any attention to social distancing.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    It was just a few days ago Trump said COVID 19 was an east coast west coast thing. People in the middle were just watching it on TV. So why would people social distance.

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      Joe l think? Reply Report comment

      March 24, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      Apparently we are not fly over country to the Covid

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 30, 2020 at 2:00 am

      To many trump tards listening to his ignorant comments and not realizing what is actually happening right around them. Trump will be the downfall of the US. Thousands have already died because @ this is a dem hoax to ruin my re-election “ freaking ignorance. He is dangerous to all Americans lives. He makes us venerable to all countries because of his ignorance, uneducated, knows nothing of government or communicating with ANY country safely without putting the US and Americans in danger. He needs to go. Worst president in history

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    Bagodad Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    The “stable genius” in the White House said the virus is just a Democrat hoax. Are we saying he’s a clueless dope who doesn’t care if we die?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 24, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      Kind of like Pelosi saying sign the bill read it later.
      He sure is doing a lot to fight this for it being a hoax

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 24, 2020 at 6:29 pm

        If Trump signed that bill like Pelosi wants, the country would be as broke as the liberal Democrats are morally corrupted.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          March 24, 2020 at 7:01 pm

          Trump has morals? He molests his daughter not the fat one the other one.

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            Anonymous

            March 25, 2020 at 7:40 am

            Still, more morals than the Democratic parties leadership.

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        bodacious Reply Report comment

        March 24, 2020 at 8:29 pm

        He is doing a lot now. But in the beginning, he mocked those who were warning of it, he said numerous times “We have it under control”, “…go to work”, “it’s gone…it just disappears”. It wasn’t until it started to affect the stock market that he really started taking it seriously. So it isn’t really a pandemic to him, it’s an inconvenience. It is interrupting his re-election party and making it more difficult to go to his gatherings of followers.

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          Bill Reply Report comment

          March 25, 2020 at 7:46 am

          Then you understand it is the dems doing this to distract from the election

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            bodacious

            March 25, 2020 at 9:48 am

            Doing what Bill? Trump’s ability to shift the blame is well-known. That is what he is trying to do now.

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            Anonymous

            March 30, 2020 at 2:09 am

            You’re an idiot. This virus has nothing to do with his re-election… except he ignored a pandemic and let thousands of Americans die because of his stupidity and ignorance. But narcissist Trump and his sick followers are totally delusional. This just shows he ignorantly thought this pandemic was about him… not responding to it like a sane leader…. but let thousands of Americans die because of his ignorance. He is dangerous to the US and the American people. He is a death threat to our country.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          March 25, 2020 at 8:55 am

          Rest assured, he could get the virus also.

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    Jimbob Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Not sure where you guys are visiting, but the establishments l have to visit are doing a great job at 6’ distance and helping at the door.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 11:11 am

    They will learn the hard way.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 24, 2020 at 10:49 am

    This is 100% true. Coronavirus is going to explode in North Iowa. No one appears to be taking this seriously.

    People are going to get sick and possibly die due to the ignorance and stubbornness of North Iowans.

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      Diane Reply Report comment

      March 26, 2020 at 6:58 am

      Very true! I was at HyVee West, not very many people there, I’m in the produce section with one other lady who starts sneezing, 7 times all over the grapes with out covering up. The president has no control on this, it is individual people and being smart about it. It’s not a democratic, republican, socialist illness. It is a human illness, stop pointing fingers and start helping stop the spread of this!

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        Sneezy Reply Report comment

        March 26, 2020 at 9:01 am

        Hope you put all the grapes in her cart

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 30, 2020 at 2:12 am

        I seriously hope you reported this to a manager or the produce manager, so they could dispose of the fruit and probably disinfect. If you didn’t… you are part of the problem also. No better then anyone else. Keep your dangerous asses at home.