COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update 05.29.20 2:28PM
A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID-19 in Iowa, including county-level data, provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health can be found at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/#CurrentStatus.
Iowa Department of Public Health Announces Processes on Outbreak Notification for Iowans
During yesterday’s Governor’s press conference, Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter outlined IDPH’s process for notifying the public of an outbreak within businesses and establishments.
Businesses and establishments are encouraged to work with their local public health officials to obtain timely and accurate information to inform appropriate responses. CG Public Health can be contacted at 641-421-9300. For more guidance for businesses and establishments, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html.
These processes will be continually updated to continue to provide information to the public that is necessary for Iowans to protect themselves. For more information on these processes please visit https://idph.iowa.gov
The Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals Updates Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Food Businesses
The FAQs sheet created by the DIA was recently updated to better guide food establishments as they continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. The structure of the FAQ document is divided into sections including specific questions about staff, facilities, and then general questions. Restaurants can call CG Public Health at 641-421-9300 to receive specific guidance and assistance virtually from their staff. To view the FAQs, visit https://dia.iowa.gov/document/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-may-1-2020-restaurant-reopening.
CG Public Health and the CDC continue to urge the public to continue the practice of social distancing, wearing face masks or coverings, and the following of the CDC’s standards and practices of personal hygiene. These practices help keep yourself and our community safe. For more information on social distancing, mask wearing, proper personal hygiene, and other ways to protect yourself and others please visit cghealth.com.
Surveillance Testing Results for Long-term Care and Assisted Living Facilities Released
Last week, the Governor’s strike team and local health officials initiated surveillance testing for 648 employees of 12 long term care (LTC) and assisted living facilities in Cerro Gordo County. Of the staff tested, there were 0 positive confirmed cases. CG Public Health would like to thank everyone for participating in this pro-active initiative to keep our most vulnerable population safe. For more information and data visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/long-term-care