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Wapello County leaders share concerns about growing number of positive cases

The Wapello County Department of Public Health and Emergency Management talk about recent number of positive cases
The Wapello County Department of Public Health and Emergency Management talk about recent number of positive cases(source: Wapello County)
Published: May. 22, 2020 at 11:02 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - During Thursday night’s talking points, Wapello County Public Health Director Lynelle Diers said there is community wide spread of the virus and they are continuing to see cases each day. She said on Thursday, they saw a spike of 30 cases and several people are in the hospital.

She goes on to say after they make the initial call to a person who has tested positive, she says they learned some are becoming more sick around day five or six and in some cases, those people are needing to go the emergency room.

Diers stressed they are also learning about people who don’t show any symptoms, but are testing positive. Another concern she brought up was the growing number of cases of children testing positive. She says these kids are under the age of 18.

County Emergency Management Director, Tim Richmond wants to remind the public they can now go and get a test through the Test Iowa program. The testing site will be here in Ottumwa through Friday, May 29th. But you must register to get an appointment on the Test Iowa website.

If you would to hear more from Thursday’s talking points, go to the county’s youtube page.

As of Friday morning, there were at 432 cases in Wapello County. 165 have recovered. You can find these details on Wapelloready.org.

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