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Coronavirus case confirmed in Pottawattamie County, IA

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POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, Iowa (KTIV) -- The Pottawattamie County Health Department has confirmed its first local case of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the case in Pottawattamie County is a woman between 41 to 60 years old who has recently traveled to California.

Officials announced Monday the woman who tested positive works at a Panera Bread in Council Bluffs. The business closed over the weekend to undergo a deep cleaning and hadn't reopened as of Monday.

The new case was announced as Iowa health officials report a total of eight coronavirus cases in Iowa.

After the additional cases, Gov. Reynolds signed a disaster proclamation authorizing state agencies to utilize resources including personnel, equipment and facilities to perform activities necessary to prevent, contain and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 was first linked to an outbreak in Wuhan, China, in Dec. 2019, but cases have subsequently been identified in several countries including the U.S.

The first presumptive positive cases in Iowa were identified on March 8.

For most people, coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness.

This is a Developing Story. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

For more information on the coronavirus, click here to visit KTIV's "Coronavirus Information Page."

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