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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa inches up to 17

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Five days since three presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 were first confirmed in Iowa residents, the number now stands at 17 total positive cases. 

In the last available count from the Iowa Department of Public Health, there were 16 total confirmed cases. Fourteen of those were from Johnson County and related to a cruise ship. One confirmed in Carroll County also involved the cruise ship while a confirmed case in Pottawattamie involved an individual who had recently been to California. 

With the newest dispatch, there is now a new confirmed case in Harrison County, which brings the total to 17. However that number is now more difficult to fully contextualize because the number of tests pending and negative is no longer available.

According to the IDPH website, that's because testing is being offered at many different laboratories.

"As of today, IDPH will focus on reporting positive test results, which are required by law to be reported to the department," the change to the results page read.

Thursday, in Cerro Gordo County, the local call center announced that it would be open for COVID-19 questions at 8 a.m and be open until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

As the press release announcing the info points out, the Iowa Department of Public Health recommended that Iowans returning from countries affected by COVID-19 "voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days following their return." 

The release also directs people to a list of what can be done to prepare on the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health website at www.cghealth.com. Among other things, people are asked to avoid contact with people suffering from respiratory infections, check in with employers about sick leave and telework options if there's a need to stay home and wash hands frequently and for 20 seconds at a time. 

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