First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Poweshiek County

March 21, 2020
  • To our knowledge the case is not on the Grinnell College campus. 
  • There is no immediate change to current campus conditions or processes
  • As authorities provide more information we will determine next steps
  • Prepare for changing conditions
  • Continue to check your Grinnell email and COVID-19 response website for further updates

The COVID-19 Emergency Operations Team has been developing contingency plans so that we are prepared when/if we have an individual in Grinnell test positive for the virus.

Please continue to make prevention a priority and reach out for assistance, as needed.

  • Limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people.
  • Do not congregate in common areas.
  • Make every effort to maintain a distance of 6 feet (~2 meters) from other people.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.
  • Stay home when ill.

Please read the notice following provided by the Poweshiek County Public Health Department.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                    Contact: Shauna Callaway, Director of Public Health

March 21, 2020

First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Poweshiek County

A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Poweshiek County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is in isolation.

“While this is Poweshiek County’s first case, it may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” says Poweshiek County Public Health Director, Shauna Callaway. These 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.

Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19, will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their health care provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house. Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)


  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)


  • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

If you think you may need health care, call first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home.  

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.






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