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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Community Update Regarding COVID-19

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Sioux Center and surrounding areas continue to take a proactive approach to testing and protective measures regarding COVID-19. Following the guidance of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to expand testing for COVID-19, Sioux County has seen an increase in numbers of tests, and this has increased the number of recorded cases in Sioux County. All individuals are either isolating at home or have recovered.

Many of the new cases recorded have been in people showing no symptoms, according to local health officials. With the increase in Sioux County’s count, additional contact tracing has begun to help health officials test those who have been in contact with individuals who have tested positive. Sioux County’s case count will likely rise with that additional testing.

“We’re continuing to see people locally be proactive with testing. An increased number of tests gives us a better understanding of the situation.  It also has the positive impact of finding some of these cases early so people can self-isolate and recover,” said Sioux Center Mayor David Krahling. “We are encouraged by the low hospitalization rate and the recovery of those who have contracted the virus, while we all need to continue to be most vigilant about protecting those who are most vulnerable.“ 

Local community leaders continue to monitor and coordinate Sioux Center’s COVID-19 response. The City of Sioux Center is encouraging residents to continue following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Sioux County Community Health Partners including:

  • Stay home if you or anyone in your home has any symptoms of illness
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from others
  • Clean your hands often
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Stay home and take extra precaution if you have an underlying condition that could put you more at risk

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