The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced Saturday in a release by Gov. Kim Reynolds.
No details about the patient were released, other than the patient is between 18 and 40 years old.
The individual was tested at a Story County McFarland Clinic facility after being identified as symptomatic, Andrew Perry, the CEO of McFarland Clinics, said in a media release.
“Staff informed the patient to arrive at the clinic facility and remain in the vehicle for testing. Staff conducted the test following the necessary safety and infection control measures,” Perry said.
The patient is currently at home, and the Iowa Department of Public Health identified staff exposure as low risk, according to the release.
Although the patient wasn’t tested at Mary Greeley Medical Center, officials from the hospital released a statement regarding the first confirmed case in Story County on Saturday.
“Today’s announcement serves as another stark reminder of the seriousness of this pandemic. It also reminds all of us of the importance of following the safety recommendations that will help slow the spread of this virus,” said Brian Dieter, president and CEO of Mary Greeley. “I want to ensure all the communities we serve that Mary Greeley is focused on this crisis, and that we are doing everything we can to prepare for the patients who will inevitably come to us for care.”
The patient was one of 23 additional cases of coronavirus confirmed on Saturday, bringing Iowa’s total to 68. So far there have been 1.079 negative tests at the state hygienic lab.
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