Wapello County is now on the list of White House identified red zones for COVID cases, according to county health officials.
According to a press release from Wapello County Public Health and Wapello County Emergency Management, Wapello County moved into the White House identified red zone for confirmed cases, which indicates more than 100 new cases per 100,000 of the population last week. Wapello County is also in the red zone for test positivity (10.4 percent) and has seen a sharp increase in COVID hospitalizations.
Wapello County has seen dramatic growth in new cases over the past two weeks throughout all age ranges, including the 0-17 range. Both symptomatic and asymptomatic positive cases have contributed to the continued spread throughout the community. County residents are strongly urged to practice aggressive mitigation strategies to disrupt and slow the spread of COVID-19. The CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health maintain that social distancing, wearing a mask when outside the home and proper handwashing remain the most effective measures to reduce the chance of virus transmission. Additionally, to protect anyone who has a serious medical condition or is otherwise more vulnerable, higher levels of personal hygiene are essential, as well as disinfecting commonly used surfaces.