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COVID 19 Update

3/18/2020

Citizens of Stanwood,  Iowa

 

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, there is an expanding global outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease the virus causes has been named COVID-19. While most COVID-19 cases are associated with travel to or from China, person-to-person spread is now being reported in other places, including Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. For the general public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low. There are confirmed cases in Johnson County. To my knowledge there are no confirmed cases in Cedar County at this time. 

 

With a population of 682, Stanwood is at risk and the virus could spread quickly in our small community. 

With that stated, I want to remind the people of Stanwood to do their due diligence in washing their hands, using hand sanitizer and covering their coughs and sneezes with a napkin, Kleenex or your upper arm or elbow. If you feel sick, please stay home and out of public gatherings. 

 

I am ordering the Stanwood Public Library to be closed until it can be thoroughly cleaned, at which time we will evaluate when it will reopen. City Hall will be closed to the public for in person interactions. The Clerk will be available by phone at 563 942 3340 or email at Stanwood@netins.net to answer any normal city questions or concerns. Water bills may still be dropped off by using the drop box at City Hall. 

 

If you have any questions concerning COVID-19, please check the Iowa Department of Public Health website at idhp.Iowa.gov or the Cedar County website at cedarcounty.org. You may also call the Cedar County Public Health Department at 563-886-2226.

 

Also feel free to contact me at StanwoodMayor@gmail.com

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

Dustin McAtee 

Stanwood Mayor