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April 1, 2020         12:00 P.M.                                    
Carroll County Public Health Update

Carroll County Public Health wants to remind you that shopping for essentials should not be a family outing during this pandemic.

“Don’t take the whole family to stores to pick up essential items,” said Sara Schulte, RN BSN, Public Health Nurse. “One person, one cart, go through, get what you need for this week and get out.”

Grocery stores have been adjusting to the jump in demand for certain items. Many stores are limiting the number of items per person so that the inventory has a chance to catch up. In addition, the recent changes in store hours allow for daily deep cleaning.

“Please make use of the sanitizing items that are generously provided by the stores for the carts and your hands,” Sara said. “And as always, be mindful to maintain a distance of six feet or more between yourself and others.

As of 12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Carroll County remains at one and has now fully recovered and able to move about.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital has set up a Covid-19 triage phone line for Carroll
County residents to call with questions about COVID-19 at (712) 794-5068.
A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19.
The line is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

3/31/2020 

Remember to check with credible sources such as your local public health department, the Iowa Department of Public Health, Governor Reynold's office, the CDC, or Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management for information regarding COVID-19. Iowa also has a dedicated website at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov

All reports of positive COVID-19 cases come through the Governor's office and IDPH. Please consider your source and do not participate in rumors.

Setting twitter notifications/alerts for IDPH, the Governor's office, and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management are the best way to keep up on press releases regarding cases of COVID-19.

Remember to check your source before you share information. Stay well!

 

March 31, 2020         12:00 p.m.                                                      

News for Immediate Release                                    
Carroll County Public Health Update

Carroll County Public Health wants to remind the community that our senior population is considered the most vulnerable to COVID-19 whether living in a care facility or at home. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday that 21 cases of COVID-19 are tied to one long term care facility in Linn County. There are no cases in any Carroll County long term care facilities at this time.

“Social distancing continues to be the most powerful tool we have to prevent the spread of this virus," said Nicole Schwering, RN, Director of Carroll County Public Health. “Social distancing applies to everyone. The longer we think social distancing doesn’t apply to us, the longer it will be before we can resume normal activities.”

As of 12:00 pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Carroll County remains at one and has now fully recovered and able to move about.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital has set up a Covid-19 triage phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions about COVID-19 at (712) 794-5068. A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

 
Date: March 30, 2020        Time: 12:00 p.m.                                                    

Carroll County Public Health Update

As of 12:00 pm on Monday, March 30, 2020, 48 individuals have been tested for COVID-19 with 42 negative results. Six tests are still pending. The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Carroll County remains at one and has now fully recovered and able to move about.

As the number of COVID-19 cases rise both nationally and regionally in the adjacent counties of Audubon and Crawford, Carroll County Public Health wants to express how important it is to make prevention a priority.

Carroll County Healthcare providers are administering the COVID-19 testing in accordance with one of the following criteria (these criteria may broaden as the pandemic expands and additional testing resources become available).

  • All hospitalized patients (of any age) with fever and respiratory illness

  • Older adults (>60 years of age) with fever and respiratory symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing) and chronic medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, or chronic kidney disease).

  • Persons of any age with fever or respiratory illness who live in congregate setting (i.e., long term care facilities, dormitories, residential facilities, correctional facilities, treatment facilities)

  • Healthcare workers, essential services personnel, first responders and critical infrastructure workers with fever or respiratory illness (ex. healthcare workers, fire and EMS, law enforcement, residential facility staff)

 

St. Anthony Regional Hospital has set up a Covid-19 triage phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions about COVID-19 at (712) 794-5068. A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

3/30/2020: Carroll County remains at the original 1 positive COVID-19 case. Iowa has an additional 88 cases of COVID-19. 2 more deaths bring the state total to 6.

3/29/2020 5:22 PM  CCPH Update     Go to the website https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/ for information dedicated to Iowa and COVID-19.


There is a wealth of information at this site including the current status of all COVID-19 cases in Iowa.

The information is broken down by total confirmed cases, male cases, female cases, age of cases, hospitalizations, (hospitalization data is for the previous 24-hour period and does not include pending case investigations) those never hospitalized, discharged and recovering, and deaths.

You will also find maps, symptoms, prevention, Governor Reynold's proclamations, Iowa guidance, additional resources, and FAQs.

This is the site for comprehensive Iowa data.

3/29/2020: 12:27 pm   Carroll County Public Health Update

38 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19 for a total of 336 positive cases.

Carroll County remains at 1 positive case. (Infection count for each county does not change dependent on recovery or death of the infected individual. The count shows that an infected individual resides or resided in that particular county. The count is a count of the rate/number of infection and is used to monitor spread of the infection. This is why Carroll County remains at 1 even though the case has recovered. The count becomes historical data.)

There have been a total of 5,013 negative tests to date.

One Iowan with COVID-19 passed away last night, an older adult (61-80 years) from Linn County.

3/29/2020 ** As of 12:00 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2020 Carroll County remains at one positive COVID-19 case.**

Remember the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is too stay home and avoid others. Play in your own yard, go for a drive, go for a walk without interacting with others and maintain 6 feet of space. Do not gather in groups for social activities like cards, basketball, and social visits. Send 1 adult to do the shopping for essentials. Do not make shopping a family trip. Stay home. Save lives.

Governor Reynolds will hold a press conference at 2:30 pm today. View the conference via the Governor's facebook page or through a local tv channel.

3/28/2020: 11:20 AM  Carroll County remains at one COVID -19 case. The identified positive has fully recovered and is free to move about.
State of Iowa reports 64 additional new cases for Saturday, 3/28/2020. Total Iowa positive cases to date is 298. Total negative cases in Iowa is 4,375. 3 deaths in the state. Continue to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is suggested that 1 adult complete shopping for necessities only. Stay home. Wash hands, cover coughs/sneezes, don't touch your face, and stay home when ill.


3/27/2020   Carroll County Public Health Update

As of 12:00 pm on Friday, March 27, 2020, following is the summary for the current week.

45 individuals have been tested for COVID-19 with 41 negative results. Four tests are still pending. The number of presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Carroll County remains at one. The patient who had been identified as positive in Carroll County has now fully recovered and able to move about.

Please refer to the Carroll County Public Health website at www.carrollcountyiowa.org and click the red alert link at the top of the page for resources available within our county. You will also find the governor’s proclamation for business closures.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital has set up a Covid-19 triage phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions about COVID-19 at (712) 794-5068. A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
Please be assured Carroll County Public Health will continue to monitor the national, state, and local situation carefully and will adjust any guidance as needed, in consultation with state and federal partners as it becomes available.

 

3/27/2020   **As of 12:00 pm on Friday, March 27, 2020 Carroll County remains at 1 positive COVID-19 case.**

Remember to practice social distancing. COVID -19 is spreading in our state.

3/26/2020: Governor Reynolds adds temporary closures to retail stores, bookstores, clothing, furniture stores, florists, and delays most elective medical and dental procedures without undue risk. Schools remain closed until at least April 13th.

Governor Reynolds adds another week to original declaration to make restaurants carry out/delivery only, Bars,restaurants, spas, gyms, casinos, theaters closed extension now goes until April 7th.

 

As of 12:00 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the number of presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Carroll County remains at one.

The patient who had been identified as positive in Carroll County has now fully recovered.

As a reminder, please be aware that scammers will continue to attempt to take advantage of citizens. The Better Business Bureau and the FBI are warning of con artists promising federal relief checks and will ask for your bank account numbers or social security numbers. Caller id can also be spoofed and look like an official agency such as “treasury department” or “IRS”. These agencies do not place calls or emails to request your personal information. Resist answering calls from numbers you do not recognize. If you do receive such a call, hang up immediately and do not respond to emails.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital has set up a Covid-19 triage phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions about COVID-19 at (712) 794-5068. A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

Please be assured Carroll County Public Health will continue to monitor the national, state, and local situation carefully and will adjust any guidance as needed, in consultation with state and federal partners as it becomes available.



Please check Carroll County Public Health's Facebook page (Carroll County Public Health) for regular COVID-19 updates and other health information. Additional Carroll County Public Health social media sites include Twitter (@ccphiowa) and Instgram (carrollcountypublichealth).

Carroll County Offices are closing for an undetermined period of time.  Please contact individual departments by phone to ask questions. Take advantage of Mail, Email, Online access and phone to do your business with the County.  This includes all county offices in the Courthouse, Paul S. Fricke Building, Ambulance, Conservation, and Engineer.

Visitation at the Carroll County Jail
will be suspended until further notice. 3-16-20 Sheriff Pingrey 712-792-4394

The Sheriff Department will not be able to obtain or renew their permits to carry. This office will be making allocations to extend your renewal date period if your permit is set to expire while this closure is in effect.  We will not be allowing the public to come in for fingerprinting.  We will also be suspending our free weapon's permit classes until further notice. 712-792-4393

The Carroll County Recycling Center is Closing to the public. 712-792-5001

Passport Agency in Carroll County will suspend onsite Passport Services until further notice.  Passport agencies in neighboring Counties may still be taking appointments.  Please find the contact information for these facilities on the US Department of State website or call 712-830-1018 for more information and options.   www.travel.state.gov 

ElectionsDue to closure of the courthouse the following procedures will need to be followed to meet required deadlines:
– those wishing to file nomination papers for county offices (Sheriff/Auditor/Supervisor Districts 1, 3, 5) need to file by March 25th.
-those wishing to file nomination papers for township trustee or Soil & Water Commissioners need to file by March 20th
-Candidates need to call our office at 712-792-9802 to make arrangements to drop off their paperwork
-Local Authorities wishing to file their budgets with the Auditor’s office will need to call our office to make arrangements to drop off or mail

Treasurer:

At this time, all business with the treasurer’s office will be conducted through the mail (Carroll County Treasurer, PO Box 68, Carroll, Iowa 51401), online at https://www.iowatreasurers.org, or by using the county drop box at the bottom of the steps on the north side of the courthouse.

Property Taxes: Property taxes may be paid online, by mail, or by using the courthouse drop box.  Please include your phone number with your payment in case we need to contact you.  If you would like a receipt, you will need to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.

All tax deadlines remain in effect.  Taxes are due March 31 and delinquent on April 1.  However, due to the proclamation issued by Governor Reynolds, penalty will be waived on March tax payments made on or before April 16.  Payments postmarked after April 16, paid online after April 16, or dropped in the drop box after April 16 will be subject to penalty.

Drivers License: If you have a drivers license that has an expiration date of January 17, 2020 or later, you do not have to renew your license at this time. It will remain valid for driving purposes until the declared disaster has ended.  If you must go to an Iowa DOT-operated service center, you must have an appointment.  Please go to https://iowadot.gov/mvd/driverslicense for more information.

Vehicle Titles, Registration and License Plates: Vehicle registrations that expired January 17, 2020 or later will be considered valid until the declared disaster has ended.  Vehicle registrations may be paid online, by mail, or by using the courthouse drop box.  Please include your phone number with your payment in case we need to contact you.

If you are purchasing or transferring a vehicle you will not be required to obtain a title and registration within 30 days. This will remain in effect until the declared disaster is over. 

If you purchase a vehicle from a dealer you will not be required to obtain license plates within 45 days. This will remain in effect until the declared disaster is over.  

Real ID Enforcement Date Extended:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of Public Affairs


Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

“Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days.

 

“The federal, state and local response to the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline. Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to remove any impediments to response and recovery efforts. States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes.

 

“Protecting both the health and national security of the American people continues to be the top priority for the President of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security.”


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