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OSKALOOSA — A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Mahaska County.

According to Mahaska Health, testing reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health indicated one positive case on Wednesday, March 25.

An adult between the ages of 61–80, according to the IDPH, is believed to have contracted the virus via community spread. The patient did require hospitalization.

Mahaska County Public Health Coordinator Patty Malloy warned the diagnosis should reinforce people’s attention to safe practices.

“While this is Mahaska County’s first case,” Malloy said, “it may not be the last and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority.”

Malloy suggested 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, and staying home when ill.

According to the news release, approximately 80 percent of people infected with COVID-19 will experience only mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill patients do not need to go to their health care provider or be tested to confirm if they have COVID-19.

“Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house. Stay home and isolate yourself from others until you have had no fever for at least 72 hours without use of fever-reducing medicines; until other symptoms have improved; and at least one week since symptoms first appeared.”

As of March 26, 145 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa, including a case in Wapello County announced on Monday, March 23. There has so far been one death.

It is not immediately clear where in Mahaska County the case was found.

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