First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Jefferson County

Jefferson County now has its first case of novel coronavirus.

A positive case was confirmed in the county on Thursday according to a news release from Jefferson County Public Health.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the individual is an adult between the ages of 18-40 and they are self-isolating at home currently.

“While this is Jefferson County’s first case, it may not be the last and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” Jefferson County Public Health Administrator Chris Estle said in the release.

The public health department continues to recommend washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the elbow/upper arm and staying home when ill.

Jefferson County now joins Washington and Henry Counties in having positive COVID-19 cases. As of Wednesday, Washington had 34 cases and Henry had 5.