SUBSCRIBE We are providing free community access to all of our coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, please consider helping keep your community newspaper strong by subscribing today and receive access to all our work.

The Delaware County Department of Public Health today announced the first death associated with COVID-19 in the county. The individual was in the 81-plus age range.

“We wish to extend our sympathy to this individual’s family,” said Charity Loecke, Delaware County Public Health Coordinator. “Delaware County Public Health and all of our key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of this virus in our communities.”

As of today, June 2, there are two cases who are isolating at home, 14 who have recovered, and sadly one death. The Delaware County Public Health Department continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health, and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic.

All residents should:

• Stay home when even mildly sick (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities)

• Clean your hands often

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

• Avoid close contact with others

• Keep six feet of physical distance from others

• Wear a cloth face covering (e.g. mask, bandanna, scarf, etc.) in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain

• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm

If you have mild symptoms of COVID-19 such as a cough, fever, or sore throat please STAY HOME and ISOLATE from others in your household. You should self-isolate even if you were not tested for COVID-19 as the virus is widespread in communities. You need to self-isolate until all three of these things have happened:

You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that’s three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) and

Your symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved) and

At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

If you start to experience severe symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider right away.

For trusted information and updates related to COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit,,, or