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Coronavirus Update: March 10

Over 125 people are self-quarantined in Washington, Dodge and Saunders Counties according to Three Rivers Public Health. This after it was discovered over the weekend that a person attending a sporting event in Fremont had Novel Coronavirus and is now hospitalized. Family members of that person have self-quarantined.

The director of Three Rivers, Terra Uhing, says the most important thing you can do is wash your hands. If you’re not feeling well, whether it’s with the flu or the coronavirus, Uhing recommends avoiding contact with people who have compromised immune systems and frail or elderly people.

The Blair School Board last night approved two amendments to the district’s policies on Communicable Diseases. One establishing the Superintendent – or his designee – to close a school in order to prevent spread of a disease, the other, allowing the superintendent or his designee to have anyone exposed to a disease, such as Novel Coronavirus – stay home. The school board also approved plans to have any students who have to stay home, utilize internet access to their studies. (Press play to hear the interview with Dr. Gilson shared in the noon news broadcast).

Iowa’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency has activated an emergency operations center and are monitoring the cases in the Hawkeye state. Governor Kim Reynolds yesterday signed a proclamation of disaster emergency to help contain and mitigate the Novel Coronavirus. Three people from Johnson county who had traveled to Egypt, and a Pottawattamie County resident are being observed.

- Reported by Connie Green

For more coverage of the Coronavirus and local community response, including news from Connie Green and guest host interviews with Kelly Johnson, click here.

More information on the Coronavirus can be found on the CDC website.

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