Monona County Has First Case of COVID-19, Adds Up to Four In NW Iowa

Mar 25, 2020

Iowa COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, March 24

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Monona County has its first case of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

This is the fourth such case in Northwest Iowa.  Woodbury County was the first in the region to have a positive case announced over the weekend, followed by Sioux Countynthe following day. A second case was confirmed in Woodbury County this week. 

The Monona County individual is self-isolating at home, according to a press release from Burgess Public Health in Onawa. The age and gender of the person are not known, nor is the town in which they reside. 

Iowa has a total of 145 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. The first death tied to the virus in Iowa was announced Tuesday. 

President Trump did approve Governor Kim Reynold’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration helping provide more money for disaster relief in Iowa.  

Schools across the state of Iowa are following the Governor’s recommendation to call off classes for four weeks.  For now, that means students in the Sioux City school district won’t return until April 14th, at the earliest.  

Gov. Pete Ricketts is urging Nebraska residents to quarantine themselves for at least two weeks if they've recently traveled anyplace with a big outbreak, including cities like Denver and Kansas City.

Gov. Kristi Noem says South Dakota may be as much as eight weeks away from the peak of COVID-19 and says she'll continue to support restrictions on businesses and social gatherings. 

Iowa National Guard soldiers from the 11-33rd   transportation company based in Mason City and Iowa City are on the road this week delivering medical personal protective equipment. The group dropped off supplies in ten counties yesterday and were expected to visit distribution sites in 21 more counties today.