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Health Department warns: Cooperation still required in our fight against COVID-19


This news story was published on April 10, 2021.
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MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo county health department is warning that “cooperation still required in our fight against COVID-19” as the virus continues to impact lives.

COVID-19 cases are on a disturbing upward trend in Cerro Gordo County. Despite vaccination efforts maintaining a steady rate, positive cases are on the rise and testing is steadily declining. As a community, we cannot allow the vaccine rollout to create a false sense of security. The virus remains indiscriminate, infecting populations old and young.

“There are two current trends that concern me the most,” states Jeni Stiles, assistant manager of disease prevention at CG Public Health, “the increasing infection rate among children and young adults, and the decline in testing.”

COVID-19 symptoms may appear mild as cold-like symptoms among children and young adults. However, children and young adults infected with even a mild case of COVID-19 are still capable of infecting others. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that symptomatic individuals, young or old, get tested even if symptoms appear mild. “We are urging businesses and employers to allow their employees time off to get tested, to stay home if they are ill, and allow them time off if they need to stay home with children in quarantine,” states Stiles. “We are encouraging parents and young adults to test their children and themselves even if symptoms appear mild, like a common cold. The only way to control this virus is through tracing, quarantine, and isolation. We can’t do that without testing.”

CG Public Health is urging every individual in our community to remain alert in our fight against the spread of COVID-19. Testing is paramount to controlling this disease and we simply cannot put our hospitals, businesses, and communities through another surge. Please, get tested if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, wear a mask whenever you are in public (even if you are fully vaccinated), practice good hygiene, physically distance yourself between those that do not live in your household, do not gather in large groups, and when you are presented with the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19, take it, regardless of brand. It was through cooperation that the light at the end of this tunnel grew brighter, please help us to keep that light from growing dim.

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16 Responses to Health Department warns: Cooperation still required in our fight against COVID-19

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    The camps are packed to the brim with illegal aliens, which is why the Biden administration barred the media from viewing these facilities.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Infected migrants are roaming in our border towns. They’re spreading the disease, Mr. Biden. COVID-positive Americans cannot return to their country, but COVID-infected migrants have the red carpet rolled out for them.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    People say they “follow the science.” They rarely do. They follow the scientists the media tell them to follow.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Contrary to mainstream media misinformation, the doctors who wrote that report did not later retract anything they wrote.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Dr. Paul E. Alexander, a Canadian epidemiologist, wrote: “Surgical and cloth masks, used as they currently are, have absolutely no impact on controlling the transmission of Covid-19 virus, and current evidence implies that face masks can be actually harmful.”

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2021 at 6:01 pm

      Alexander is a quack who was employed by the trump administration.
      In a separate email to HHS’s top communications officials, Alexander wrote: “So the bottom line is if it is more infectiouness [sic] now, the issue is who cares? If it is causing more cases in young, my word is who cares…as long as we make sensible decisions, and protect the elderely [sic] and nursing homes, we must go on with life….who cares if we test more and get more positive tests.” Not surprisingly, Alexander argued that colleges should remain open for the express purpose of causing infections to spread, telling Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield in a July 27 email: “We essentially took off the battlefield the most potent weapon we had…younger healthy people, children, teens, young people who we needed to fastly [sic] infect themselves, spread it around, develop immunity, and help stop the spread.”

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    “Right now, in the United States, people should not be walking around with masks. … There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.

    Dr. Ramin Oskoui, a cardiologist in Washington testified under oath: “Masks do not work.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 11, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      Oskuni is another quack. He says masks and social distancing don’t work and we should let herd immunity play out. Doesn’t mention the 2,000,000 who would die if we did that. He also wore a mask in his practice if a patient came in with symptoms of covid and saw them late in the day in a room that was sanitized before and after he saw the patient. Also one of Laura the liar Ingraham’s favorite guests.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 12, 2021 at 8:23 am

        Fauci must be your God

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 12, 2021 at 8:53 am

          He is not my god. However, I would wager he has more intelligence, knowledge, and compassion in his little finger than you have in your brain.

          • Anonymous

            April 12, 2021 at 7:33 pm

            shows what you know

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    “The science” doesn’t justify the fanatical commitment to mask-wearing.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    The problem is most Americans who went to college learned to unquestioningly obey “experts.” This is why common sense, logic and reason mean little to the well-educated — and, increasingly, to everyone else, because everyone is taught by the well-educated.

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 11, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    You do not need medical or scientific expertise to understand the foolishness of outdoor mask-wearing.

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Hay Bozos ya got your president, now can ya leave us alone with this stupid hoax…