November 6, 2020 Press Release from Fayette County Public Health:
Fayette County Public Health asking for Community’s Help in Battling COVID-19
The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Fayette County are on the rise with over 175 new cases in the past two weeks; the number of hospitalizations is also climbing.
For the entire county, the positivity rate has increased from 6.99% on October 27 to 15.3% as of Friday, November 6. That is an 8.31% increase in positivity, which is more than double our previous rate.
We are seeing COVID-19 spread among all ages, many businesses and schools are affected, and the cases are not related to any single event or town. At this time, in Fayette County, the disease is being actively spread throughout all communities. This is happening in our surrounding counties as well.
The number of admissions for many hospitals in northeast Iowa are at, or near capacity. There is a desperate need to slow the spread, flatten the curve, and protect our community and population.
Fayette County Public Health, in conjunction with Fayette County Board of Health, is asking our towns to put into place an expectation of its citizens to step up and protect each other. Public Health is requesting that towns ask businesses to wear masks to ensure the health of employees and to protect customers.
For our Fayette County communities during this pandemic, we are at a crossroads. Having been lucky enough to avoid high positivity rates until now has been a blessing. But COVID-19 is here, and it is not stopping. As many local healthcare centers are urging our communities to step up and assist in mitigation efforts, please remember it is going to require more than just our medical professionals to fight this fight. It will take all residents of Fayette County and we are asking for your help!
Please know it is acceptable to hold each other accountable to slow down the spread so our health care system can handle the increased number of patients. Ask businesses to wear masks. Ask customers to wear masks. Ask each other to wear masks. Fayette County Public Health continues to ask individuals to wear masks and practice social distancing and good hand hygiene. And, most importantly, stay home when not feeling well. These things are vital to ensure the continued health of all communities.
Currently in Fayette County, the Iowa Dept of Public Health (IDPH) is conducting COVID-19 disease investigation, and due to the increased testing, we know that investigations are behind. If you are not receiving timely guidance or have questions, call 2-1-1 at any time. Or, you can call Fayette County Public Health (a dept of Gundersen Palmer Hospital & Clinics) at (563) 422-6267, Monday-Friday.
TestIowa is a new initiative in partnership with our state leaders and private corporations. Our goal is to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing so Iowans can have better access to testing and help stem the spread of COVID-19 to get us back to normal as quickly as possible.
Please visit the following sites for the most current and accurate information:
- Iowa COVID-19 Information – https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
- Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) – https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 information hotline for businesses and general community questions: 2-1-1
Please see Governor Reynolds’ most up to date Emergency Disaster Proclamations for details regarding the closing of specific establishments. For those types of organizations not listed, as leaders of the business, please make the best decision for your business, customers and employees while taking into account the 6-foot social distancing guidelines for your employees. We can’t express HOW IMPORTANT social distancing is in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Please see Quarantine Guidance for staff and the community as a whole.
Please see 30 Day Slow the Spread for more information.
This Social Distancing flyer can be posted at your organization as well.
Guidance for reopening can be found HERE
Please see Business Guidance for recommendations for your business for preventing and managing an outbreak.
Review Governor Reynolds’ most up to date Emergency Disaster Proclamations for details regarding the closing of specific establishments.
Find Guidance and Resources provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Please see 2020 Halloween Guidance for planning events and celebrations.