Update: Clay County Emergency Management has reported that Clay County Public Health, after a continued investigation, has determined that the individual believed to have been Clay County’s 10th case of COVID-19 does not live in Clay County. Clay County’s confirmed cases now remains at nine. All have recovered. Spencer Signal’s original article is below. Clay County has now had 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one hospitalization, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported Friday.
DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place. It also permits restaurants (but not bars), fitness centers, libraries, and race tracks to reopen in the 22 counties where they have remained closed. These changes are effective at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15. The proclamation continues the other ongoing closures and public health measures, including the prohibition on social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people, until 11:59 p.m. on May 27, 2020.
It also strongly encourages all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, in all counties of the state to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose
The full proclamation is online in its entirety and substantive information can be found below:
NOW THEREFORE, I, KIMBERLY K. REYNOLDS, Governor of the State of Iowa, by the power and authority vested in me by the Iowa Constitution, Art.
The Spencer Signal is tracking the number of COVID-19 cases, recoveries, deaths and people tested in Clay County and other area counties. The following tables represent that data and show how each statistic compares to the previous day’s reported numbers. By making this information available, readers can get a better idea of how the new coronavirus and COVID-19 are spreading locally. Readers can also see how testing efforts are increasing — or decreasing in area counties. Please note that the state sometimes corrects its data.
The Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed Clay County’s ninth case of COVID-19 on Friday. The department (IDPH) reported that 184 people have now been tested in the county. Eight of those people were tested on Thursday. Several other counties also saw increases in their confirmed COVID-19 case counts on Friday. Buena Vista County’s total increased to 32.
Fareway Stores, Inc. recently announced a $200,000 donation to the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives (ICCE). The donation provided for $1,000 or more in gift cards to ICCE chamber of commerce members in the communities Fareway serves. ICCE distributed the Fareway gift cards to its chamber of commerce members. The Spencer Chamber of Commerce received an additional $1,000 in gift cards, which will be distributed to local small businesses and their employees. The Chamber previously received $2,000 in Fareway gift cards and are in the process of dispersing those to nominated businesses and individuals.
Spencer Hospital Surgery Center will resume same day surgical procedures on a limited basis Monday, May 11. “The hospital and its medical staff have developed a plan which takes measured steps to reopen elective procedures,” explained hospital president Bill Bumgarner. “We’re anxious to meet the health needs of our patients, yet with a first priority to focus on patient and healthcare provider safety during the COVID-19 public health emergency.”
Safety protocols will include, but are not limited to, the following:
· All patients considered for elective surgery will be carefully prescreened. In addition to a traditional physical and health history assessment, each patient will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.
· Upon entering Spencer Hospital or any of the clinics for a scheduled procedure, patients will be asked to wear cloth masks and will be screened again for COVID-19 symptoms.
· All care team members will wear surgical masks and protective eye wear or face shields, as well as other necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) as needed when caring for a patient. · Current temporary visitor restrictions remain in place.
Clay County’s COVID-19 case total increased by one on Thursday, bringing the county to eight confirmed cases. As of Thursday, 176 people have been tested in Clay County for the disease, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Ten people were tested Wednesday, according to IDPH data. IDPH is no longer providing age range information for confirmed cases on a county level. The department also is not providing county-level statistics of how many people have recovered.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – As the coronavirus pandemic has created an unparalleled and sudden shift to virtual working and learning, people in rural areas now more than ever are feeling the impacts of limited or unreliable internet connectivity. To help its neighbors communicate with friends and relatives, gain access to critical telemedicine services, keep up with schoolwork, and take part in other activities that are now done almost entirely online, WinField United, with the support of its landlord, is making guest Wi-Fi access available in the parking lot of its leased Spencer location to area residents. This initiative is part of a larger effort by Land O’Lakes, Inc., a member-owned co-op with deep roots across rural America. “As millions of Americans shift to work and school from home and increasingly look to telehealth for critical healthcare services, the urgent need for internet connectivity in rural America has never been so dire,” said Beth Ford, president & CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc. “Today, we are proud to take the step along with many partners to bridge the gap and provide this critical service to these communities during this crisis. But our efforts now are only a short-term solution for a much bigger problem that people in our rural communities face, even when we are not experiencing a viral pandemic.
What do a distillery, fire apparel company and a print shop all have in common? In addition to being northwest Iowa businesses, when the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their operations, they were able to be flexible and change their production models to help fulfill needs at Spencer Hospital. Veridian Fire Protective Gear
Based in Spencer, Veridian Fire Protective Gear manufactures protective clothing for fire fighters and emergency first responders internationally. By having the right equipment available combined with skilled staff, the Veridian team was able to adjust their production model to make a different highly needed item for Spencer Hospital and other healthcare organizations – medical isolation gowns. “The current need nationally and locally for medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is substantial,” commented Veridian president Bill Van Lent.
On April 27, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds shared a list of businesses which could reopen with restrictions beginning May 1. This list included fitness centers. Jason Trierweiler, director for the Athletic Enhancement & Adult Fitness, and director for Cardiopulmonary Services, said that with positive Covid-19 cases continuing to increase in Iowa, those services will not open May 1. “We miss our clients – both our cardiopulmonary rehab members and our AE members,” Trierweiler said. “Yet, we feel it’s in the best interest of those very people that we wait until we can see a downward trend in positive Covid-19 cases in the Midwest.