The City of Ely is working with local, state and federal partners to keep our 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 our whole community safe, especially our most vulnerable residents, by slowing the spread of the disease.
Remember that you can practice social distancing and access many city resources online or by phone
We’ll work to keep this page up-to-date with resources as more information and resources become available.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease which has now spread to the United States.
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.
How it spreads
COVID-19 spreads from person to person, mainly through coughs and sneezes of infected people or between people who are in close contact.
Take precautionary measures
According to Iowa Department of Public Health, there are no special precautions currently being recommended for Iowans beyond the simple daily precautions to combat the flu, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- 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.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and have traveled to an area with widespread COVID-19 transmission or otherwise feel you may have been exposed, please contact your health care provider.
The Center for Disease Control has provided recommendation to stop the spread of germs.
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 symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- shortness of breath
Call your doctor right away if you experience these symptoms and have:
- been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or
- recently traveled from an area with ongoing community spread
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 State of Iowa has opened its 211 hotline as the central resource for those with questions.
- The Iowa Department of Public Health provides up-to-date information regarding this virus on their 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.
Make a Plan
It is important for residents to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way they prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt their normal routine.
Make a plan and discuss it with your family. What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your daycare provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill? These are all questions to consider.
It is normal to be concerned about a new virus.
Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death in other countries.