Wapello County has been seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases recently, and now a second death has been reported.
According to a joint statement from Wapello County Department of Public Health and Wapello County Emergency Management, a second Wapello County resident has passed away from complications of COVID-19. Out of respect for the family as well as ethical guidelines, no information about the deceased will be released other than that they were between 41 and 60 years of age and had been hospitalized.
“As COVID-19 continues to impact our lives, it is imperative that residents follow the recommendations of Iowa Department of Public Health to protect each other and especially those most vulnerable, as we continue our work with community partners to mitigate the impact of this virus in our county. Please continue to social distance and wear a mask if you have one. Clean highly used surfaces and stay home when you can. If you are sick, call your healthcare provider for instruction. If you have tested positive, follow instructions and stay home until you are released by the Wapello County Department of Public Health.”
The statement also reminds county residents to take the assessment at testiowa.com to see if they qualify for testing. A new Test Iowa site will be opening in Ottumwa on Wednesday at the Beach Ottumwa parking lot.