Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa Department of Public Health

REGIONAL—The first death associated with the coronavirus in N’West Iowa has occurred in O’Brien County.

The county’s public health office announced the news of the death today (Tuesday, June 9). The individual was an adult male.

“We wish to extend our sympathy to this individual’s family,” the county’s public health office said in a press release. “O’Brien County Public Health and all of our key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of this virus in our communities.”

The county’s public health office recommended all residents should:

  • Stay home when even mildly ill — the kind of illness that normally would not prevent people from their everyday activities.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their elbow/upper arm.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Consider wearing a mask if they will be in close proximity to others.

For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health at idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus or follow the agency on Facebook and Twitter.