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COVID-19 update

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DES MOINES – As of Thursday, a fourth case of COVID-19 was reported in Union County. The individual is in the age range of 18-40 and is self-isolating. 

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health website, the number of cases within the Creston News Advertiser coverage area includes:

• Adams: 3 cases

• Adair: 6 cases, 2 recovered

• Ringgold: 2 cases

• Taylor: 5 cases, 1 recovered

• Union: 4 cases, 1 recovered

As of 9 a.m. today, Iowa reports show 119,458 individuals have been tested and of those, 13.7%, or 16,392, have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 8,160 have recovered and 418 individuals have died.

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 healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house.

COVID-19 is very contagious and can be spread by individuals that are not yet showing symptoms or never show symptoms.

If you think you may need healthcare, 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 Iowa Department of Public Health website,, or

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