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Kossuth County seeks supplies for first responders

ALGONA — Supplies like disposable gloves and masks for first responders and health care workers are needed in Kossuth County amid the spread of COVID-19, according to David Penton, Kossuth County emergency management coordinator.

The first positive case of COVID-19 was reported in Kossuth County on Sunday. The virus infected an adult between the age of 18 and 40.

The supplies first responders need include: disposable gloves, masks, carpentry face shields, gowns and Tyvek protective suits.

“If anyone has these items, please donate them to Kossuth County,” Penton said on Wednesday. “These supplies are needed for first responders who cannot always maintain a six-foot social distance when interacting with those diagnosed with COVID-19.”

Residents are asked to drop off donations at the white trailer near the entrance of the Algona High School football field near the intersection of Sample and Chubb streets in Algona.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Anyone experiencing symptoms or anyone who has been in close contact with a person known to have had COVID-19 are asked to call their primary care provider before going to a clinic.

Penton said if anyone experiences emergency warning signs for COVID-19, they should seek medical attention immediately.

Emergency warning signs include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face. The list of symptoms is not all inclusive and a medical provider should be consulted for any other symptoms that are concerning, Penton said.

First responders will put on gloves and a mask before interacting with an ill patient.

As of Wednesday, 145 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the state of Iowa. The first death in Iowa attributed to COVID-19 was reported in Dubuque County on Tuesday.

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