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Chickasaw County Public Health announce 4th case of COVID-19; others recovered

And Chickasaw County has it’s 4th confirmed case of COVID-19. In a press release from Chickasaw County Public Health (CCPH), the organization announced the first 3 cases of the virus in the area have recovered and been released from Public Health monitoring. But now, there is a 4th case.

The 4th case is between the ages of 18-40.  

CCPH warns about the stress that COVID-19 can cause in someone’s life. And asks area members to deal with their stress in constructive ways.

CCPH Director Lisa Welter says,“Stress reactions can include changes in sleep or eating patterns, difficulty concentrating, worsening of chronic health problems and worsening of mental health conditions. This can sometimes lead to increased use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.”

Some of the tips they released:

  • Stay calm: recognize when other people’s emotions are influencing your own. 
  • Unplug: information, real or fake, is a constant in today’s society. It’s important to have facts and stay up-to-date, but it’s also important to take breaks and unplug from the information stream.
  • Make good sleep, exercise and healthy eating your priorities: take time to prepare healthy food, be active and get 8 hours of sleep. 
  • Be educated: one way to address anxiety is to focus on what you can control, like washing your hands and practicing social distancing. Being in control of your own behavior helps lessen the stress caused by fear of the unknown.

For more information about COVID-19, visit coronavirus.iowa.gov. Follow Chickasaw County Emergency Management on facebook for community updates. For non medical questions, the Chickasaw County Call Center is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 641-229-8011.

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Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.
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