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Linn County Public Health thanks all residents that are following social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the weather becomes nicer and Iowans begin spending more time outside, it’s important to follow these guidelines in outdoor spaces too.
“We encourage residents to spend time outside when possible because it’s beneficial for both your mental and physical health,” said Linn County Public Health Director Dr. Pramod Dwivedi. “Everyone needs to continue following social distancing guidelines when outdoors because close contact, even outside, can spread the virus that causes COVID-19.” Cloth face coverings are also recommended for use when you leave your home, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. “If you’re going outside, you should at least bring a mask with you. A mask is one more precaution we can take to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but is not a substitute for physical distancing and other prevention measures,” Dwivedi explains.
When spending time outdoors, all people should:
In addition, everyone should follow these recommendations:
As of today, May 1 at 3:10 PM, there are 703 cases of COVID-19 in Linn County. Linn County Public Health continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic.
Linn County Public Health, an agency within Linn County government, serves more than 225,000 residents of Linn County to prevent disease and injury, promote healthy living, protect the environment, and ensure public health preparedness. Learn more at linncounty.org/health or by calling 319-892-6000. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LCPublicHealth and follow us on Twitter @LCPublicHealth.