DES MOINES (WGEM) — Testing at Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory has indicated two additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa residents, a total of 16 positive cases. An additional 16 tests were negative.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) both cases are tied to the same Egyptian cruise as other positive cases. Both are older adults (61 - 80 years), one is from Johnson County and one is from Carroll County. Both are recovering at home in isolation.
IDPH also put out guidance to PK-12 school administrators on COVID19 policies, linked here.
“The health and safety of our students, teachers, and faculty is a top priority,” said Gov. Reynolds. “At this time, the Iowa Department of Public Health is not advising any school closures. We are finalizing key decision points needed to mitigate COVID19 to provide school districts with thorough guidance. This situation remains very fluid, and we will continue to equip local school districts with the information they need. If any school districts have questions or concerns, please reach out to IDPH.”