Update: 1st Cass County COVID-19 death


August 2nd, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic, IA— As we reported yesterday on the News page and our morning broadcasts today (Sunday), Cass County Public Health has confirmed the first death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for a resident of Cass County.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathy to this individual’s family,” said Cass County Public Health Director Beth Olsen. “We know this is a difficult time for them, and we honor their right to privacy. The only details about the patient we are able to disclose is the age range, which is 61-80.”

“We continue to work daily with key stakeholders in the county and state to limit the spread of COVID-19, so that we can decrease its impact on our residents, families, businesses, and everyday life. Our call to action and plea to every Iowan is still the same; we need everyone’s help in practicing social distancing, mask wearing, and staying home when ill so that we can hasten the end of this pandemic.”

All residents should:

  • Practice social distancing whenever possible and mask wearing when in close contact or in public.
  • Call your healthcare provider before you go into any healthcare facility if you have respiratory symptoms.
  • Stay home when even mildly ill (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities).
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Take the online assessment at to see if you should be tested for COVID-19.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit or the IDPH webpage at