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Iowa Dept. of Public Health: 16 coronavirus cases in the state after two more confirmed Thursday

Gov. Kim Reynolds is going to hold a press conference at the State Emergency Operations Center Friday.
Credit: WOI

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health has announced two additional cases of COVID-19, commonly called coronavirus Thursday. 

The number of confirmed cases stands at 16. 

Health leaders said the two new cases are tied to the same Egyptian cruise as the other positive cases. One of the victims is from Johnson County, the other is from Carroll County.

Officials said both are recovering at home in isolation.

Governor Kim Reynolds is expected to give a press conference Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the State Emergency Response Center in Johnston. Local 5 will have coverage live on-air, online and through our free to download We Are Iowa app. 

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State public health officials are telling the public that they don't have any recommendations to cancel mass events in Iowa at this time. 

“This is, however, a very fluid situation and we urge the public to closely monitor messaging from the Iowa Department of Public Health for updated guidance," said Dr. Caitlin Pedati of IDPH.

The CDC has, however, provided specific guidance for high risk groups. Older adults and those with chronic health conditions should stay away from others who are sick, limit close contact with others in general, avoid crowds, and wash hands often.

The CDC also recommends that event organizers prepare for the possibility of outbreaks and ensure they have contingency plans in place should the need arise. 

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