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LINN COUNTY, IA – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidance encouraging people at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 to take additional actions to reduce their risk of infection. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. While there is no evidence of COVID-19 spreading in the community, it is important for populations at higher risk of severe illness to avoid crowds as much as possible. These recommendations are the same as during other times when disease is spreading in the community, such as during influenza season.
Recommendations for these at-risk populations are:
Public health and medical professionals are providing updated information as it is available. Due to the rapidly changing nature of this event, recommendations for the community will likely change often. For the most up-to date information, visit:
MEDIA CONTACTS: Linn County Public Health, (319) 892-6000; Karen VanderSanden, Mercy Medical Center, (319) 398-6083; Sarah Corizzo, UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids; Erin Byers Langdon, Eastern Iowa Health Center (319) 432-8490.