PUBLIC HEALTH

2 die from coronavirus in Calhoun County

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Two Calhoun County residents who contracted the new coronavirus have died, according to information from the county.

Both people were "elderly" and had risk factors that increased the likelihood of complications related to the virus, Calhoun County Supervisor Carl Legore said in an email. Elderly is commonly defined as older than 80 years.

The state has confirmed 43 total coronavirus cases in the county.

Legore noted that coronavirus symptoms include fever, headache, chills, muscle and body aches, and lethargy, as well as other symptoms.

Public health officials recommend that those who have tested positive for coronavirus or who have symptoms should stay home for at least 72 hours after their fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medicine, 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and after other symptoms have improved.

Those officials recommend that those with a positive diagnosis or symptoms should avoid work, school, shopping or public gatherings and should stay in their room at home and consider wearing a face mask at home to help prevent spreading the virus to family members, according to Legore’s email.

Those two residents were the first in Calhoun County reported to die after being diagnosed with coronavirus, according to the state of Iowa’s coronavirus statistics. One person has died in Carroll County after contracting coronavirus, two have died in Crawford County, one has died in Audubon County and four have died in Guthrie County.

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