Pottawattamie County 3rd presumptive positive COVID-19 case


March 26th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Pottawattamie County Department of Public Health, today (Thursday), confirmed a third presumptive positive case of COVID-19. The results are from a female resident of Council Bluffs, age 41-to 60, who has no pre-existing medical conditions, and HAS had recent travel on a cruise ship. The individual is currently self-isolating at home.

The woman returned from a cruise March 16th and chose to immediately self-quarantine at home. Health officials say there is therefor No Risk to the public. The second presumptive positive case (as previously mentioned) was a man 41-to 60 years of age, who is currently in stable condition at the UNMC.

Pott. County Public Health wants to make the following terms clear:

Monitoring: Monitoring for fever by taking temperature twice a day and remaining alert for respiratory symptoms (Cough, shortness of breath, sore throat).

Quarantine: Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Isolation: Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

You are urged to continue practicing Social distancing efforts, along with vigilant excellent hygiene and disinfectant practices, every day.