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Apr 10

Public Health Advises Against Easter Gatherings

Easter and spring holidays are a traditional time of family gatherings, celebrations and observances. Like many other events and activities, Ringgold County Public Health advises residents that these observances should be different this year.  “We know many families gather together on holidays,” said Ringgold County Public Health Administrator, Becky Fletchall. “But, like school, shopping and most other activities, we’re asking residents to modify their plans due to COVID-19.”

Gatherings of family and friends, whether in Ringgold County, or by travel to other states, is discouraged. When people come together, the chances of spreading the COVID-19 virus grow. Although people with symptoms of the virus (coughing, fever and shortness of breath) obviously should not be around other people, even those who are seemingly well should do the same. “We are learning that some people with coronavirus don’t have any symptoms, and that even those who later develop symptoms can pass the virus to others before showing symptoms. This is why even people who do not feel ill should stay home,” said Fletchall.  Families and friends are encouraged to find alternate ways to observe holidays and to stay connected. Try Skype, Zoom, FaceTime or other electronic means of connecting, and phone calls and letters are especially welcome during this time of social distancing.

As of today, April 10th at 9:00 AM, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ringgold County. Our health department continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic.

For latest information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at or follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth or on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.