As some businesses and organizations in Iowa begin to re-open this week – per Governor Reynolds’ recent proclamation loosening certain restrictions in select counties – it is important to continue to practice safe social distancing and hygiene measures to slow the spread of coronavirus in our county.

Mass gatherings over 10 people remain largely prohibited. Restaurants, retail stores, and gyms are allowed to open with strict measures in place. Some churches will elect to re-open for in-person services, while others will choose to remain closed to parishioners at this time.

Social distancing measures include staying home as much as possible, leaving only for essential errands and limiting travel to areas with a high number of positive COVID-19 cases (Sioux City, Sioux Falls, and Worthington). When outside the home, continue to keep a distance of six feet or more from people outside your immediate family. High-risk individuals (over age 65 or with underlying health conditions) should continue to stay at home as much as possible.

Handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting surfaces also remain important ways to stop the spread of the virus.

If you feel ill or are experiencing symptoms such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or body aches, isolate yourself and contact your healthcare provider for instructions.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Sioux County is expected to increase as Test Iowa sites open and more testing is conducted locally and across the state. Be assured we all remain united in our efforts and are prepared to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to evolve, and are ready to care for those we serve.

Community Health Partners
Sioux County Board of Health
Sioux County Emergency Management
Hawarden Regional Healthcare
Hegg Health Center
Orange City Area Health System
Sioux Center Health