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1st confirmed COVID-19 case reported in Worth County

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Worth County, according to a press release posted on the county’s public health department Facebook page on Tuesday.

Confirmed cases in Iowa reached 1,145 on Wednesday.

The person is 41 to 60 years old and is self-isolating at home.

“While this is Worth County’s first case, it may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” Worth County Public Health Director Jessica Reyerson said.

She encouraged people to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time, to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or upper arm and to stay home when ill.

Cases across Iowa increased to 1,145 on Wednesday. Of that number, 646 were never hospitalized, 104 are currently hospitalized and 89 are discharged and recovering. Twenty-seven people have died.

Other cases in neighboring counties include one in Winnebago County, two in Mitchell County and 12 in Cerro Gordo County.