First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Butler County

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BUTLER COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG) - The Iowa Department of Health has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Butler County.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health are encouraging long-term care facilities to protect residents from COVID-19. Officials with the department say they're committed to taking critical steps "to ensure long term care facility residents are protected from communicable diseases, including Novel Coronavirus [COVID-19]." (MGN Image)

The person is between 61-80 years old and is recovering in isolation.

Jennifer Becker, the Butler County Public Health Director said," While this is Butler 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."

Actions that people can take: washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm, and staying home when sick.

No other details have been released on this new case.