CENTERVILLE — A person who lives in Appanoose County has tested positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed diagnosis in the county.

ADLM Emergency Management confirmed the positive test Thursday morning. Neither the age of the individual nor any further details are yet available.

A press release by ADLM Thursday stated, “Appanoose County Public Health and ADLM Counties Emergency Management has learned that a local community member has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. While this is the first case in Appanoose County, it may not be the last.”

The patient in Appanoose County is over age 80.

Iowa announced 34 new positive cases on Thursday, including the Appanoose County case and one in Mahaska County. The latter was announced by local officials Wednesday afternoon. There are now 179 cases in Iowa.

Local officials ask the community to continue making prevention a priority. Actions include washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm, staying home when ill, avoiding nonessential travel, and practicing social distancing.

Individuals experiencing symptoms of illness, particularly a fever, cough or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider to determine if it’s necessary to be seen in the office. Anyone thinking they need health care should call first.

Most individuals who have COVID-19 will only have a mild or moderate case, and most will just need to stay at home until the disease passes.

The disease does at times require hospitalization and can become severe. There has been one death from COVID-19 in Iowa.

Those who are sick should stay home and isolate themselves from any others in the home. This should continue until there has been 72 hours of no fever without the use of medicine, symptoms have improved, and at least seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Kyle Ocker can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker

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