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Posted on: March 9, 2020

Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus under a microscope

Linn County Public Health is working closely with federal, state, and local healthcare partners to plan for prevention and response to the expanding global outbreak of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. COVID-19 was first linked to an outbreak in Wuhan, China, but cases have subsequently been identified in several countries, including the U.S. Currently, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low, but the immediate health risk from seasonal influenza is high. 

There are things all Linn County residents can do to help prevent the spread of all viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Contain germs by staying home when ill


Community members should prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way they prepare for other illnesses or events that could disrupt their normal routine. This includes making a plan and discussing it with your family. What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your day care provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill? These are all questions to consider.


Symptoms of the COVID-19 in people who have been exposed can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Reliable Sources of Information

Information about COVID-19 is constantly evolving. To stay up-to-date on information and guidance, please refer to the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Iowa Department of Public Health

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