COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
The City of Waukee is working with local, state and federal partners to keep the community informed about COVID-19, a novel coronavirus. Prevention of COVID-19 is the same as that for other respiratory illnesses (like flu). These actions don’t just protect you. They help keep the whole community safe, especially our most vulnerable residents, by slowing the spread of the disease. You can practice social distancing and access many City resources online or by phone.
This page will be updated with news and resources as more information becomes available. Sign up for COVID-19 community updates. You may also wish to subscribe to Nixle and/or the City’s website Alert Center to receive urgent announcements, should the situation escalate locally.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease. It is mild for most people, but can cause severe illness and result in death for some. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, have the greatest risk of becoming severely ill. There is no vaccine and no medications approved to treat COVID-19 at this time (May 2020).
How it Spreads/Preventing the Spread
COVID-19 spreads from person to person, mainly through coughs and sneezes of infected people who are in close contact. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Here are CDC recommendations:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
- Put at least six feet of distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others in situations where social distancing is a challenge.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces by using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Be alert for symptoms of fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and stay home when you are sick.
If you suspect you are infected with COVID-19, call ahead before visiting a medical facility so they can prepare. Do not go to an emergency room with mild symptoms. The CDC has a factsheet with more information about what to do if you are sick with COVID-19.
Avoid misinformation by following the following trusted sources:
- The Iowa Department of Public Health provides up-to-date information regarding this virus on its website, as well as guidance for businesses, schools, healthcare, long-term care, general public and travelers.
- The Center for Disease Control has a dedicated summary of the virus, including symptoms, risk assessment and preventative measures.