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Fremont County Health Department provides Memorial Day gathering tips

Staff Writer
Hamburg Reporter

The Fremont County Public Health Department thanks residents who are taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. As of May 22, there are 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fremont County.

“We know this is a difficult time for many of us,” said Fremont County Public Health Director Jamie Behrends. “Daily life for all residents is affected and the concern about COVID-19 is real and understandable. It’s important for residents to know when it seems there are many things they cannot control, they can control their own personal actions. Everyone needs to take prevention seriously and continue their efforts to decrease infection risk for themselves and their families.”

With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, here are some specific recommendations for gatherings and get-togethers.

  • Guests should stay home if even slightly ill.
  • Keep your guest list to 10 people or fewer.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • Avoid buffet-style or self-serve food stations and wear gloves if serving food.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Use disposable plates and utensils.
  • Practice social distancing and keep 6 feet apart.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch areas frequently.
  • Provide individually-packaged drinks. No punchbowls or drink dispensers.
  • Hold gatherings outdoors if possible. If inside ensure social distancing and ventilation.
  • Let high-risk family and friends join virtually.

As a reminder, the most common symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever (100.0 or greater) and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should call your health care provider before going into the office. The provider may have special instructions for you and can help determine if you should be tested.

All Iowans are also encouraged to complete the online TestIowa assessment to evaluate their personal risk and if COVID-19 testing is recommended. Visit https://www.testiowa.com/en to complete your assessment today.

To view the latest information on COVID-19 in Iowa, visit coronavirus.iowa.gov and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.