How Can I Protect Myself Against COVID-19?
Make the choice to get vaccinated to help keep you, your family, and your community safe, secure, and protected! Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic and get back to normal.
WALK-IN CLINICS FOR MODERNA OR J&J JANSSEN (age 18 and older)
- The vaccine is now available Monday – Friday 8am-3:30pm, and the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month 8am – 5:30pm. Video interpretation for many languages is available.
We do not have the storage capacity for the Pfizer vaccine (age 12 and older), but currently the Mt. Pleasant Hy-Vee has it. Find which providers have which vaccines at vaccines.gov.
What Do You Need to Know Before Getting Your Vaccine?
What Changes When You’ve Become Fully Vaccinated?
If you are fully vaccinated (click here for details), you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations. If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick.
What To Do If You Are Sick?
Common symptoms of COVID-19 may include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fever or chills; muscle or body aches; vomiting or diarrhea; or new loss of taste or smell. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you are sick:
- Stay home and keep track of your symptoms.
- If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), call 911.
- Get tested at Hy-Vee, Family Medicine, QuickVisit Urgent Care, or call 319-385-6540 for a same day appointment at Physicians and Clinics of HCHC.
- Follow home isolation guidance.
- Download the 10 things you can do to manage your COVID-19 symptoms at home handout.
- Click here for more steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick.
Prevent Getting Exposed to the Virus
The best way to prevent getting the virus is to not be exposed to it in the first place. COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the
trash and wash your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask over your nose and mouth in indoor public places.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
CDC recommendations for people who are fully vaccinated updated 6.17.21
Find county vaccination rates and level of community transmission here.
Follow us on facebook to see any new guidance, daily case counts, and Public Health updates – facebook.com/HealthyHenryCounty
- COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet
- Key things to know about COVID-19 vaccines (CDC)
- Benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine (CDC)
- Possible side effects
- Myths and facts about COVID-19 vaccines (CDC)
- How COVID-19 vaccines work – Moderna/Pfizer J&J Janssen
- Frequently asked questions
- V-safe after vaccination health checker info sheet and website
Henry County Health Center: Physicians & Clinics of HCHC sees patients for acute respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, along with other urgent healthcare needs. They currently offer on-site COVID-19 rapid tests. Call 319-385-6540 for same day appointments at the Mt. Pleasant, New London, Wayland and Winfield clinics.
- Guidelines for travel
- Guidelines on daily activities and going out
- Consideration for events and gatherings
- Key things to know about COVID-19 vaccines
- 3 key steps to take while waiting for your COVID-19 test result
- What your test results mean
- Guidelines to prevent getting sick
- Guidelines if you are sick or caring for someone
- Guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting your home
- Guidelines for people who need to take extra precautions
- What is contact tracing?
- Information for healthcare professionals
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- How Right Now – Resources to help address people’s feelings of grief, loss, and worry during COVID-19
- Coping-19 – Resources and tools to help address mental health, stressors, and personal experiences onset by COVID-19
- Parental Resources Kit by age group
- Self-care checklist
- CDC’s stress and coping resources
- Understanding grief and COVID-19
- Taking care of your behavioral health
- How to cope with anxiety about coronavirus
- Coping with a disaster or traumatic event
- Coping after a disaster – activity book for kids
- Find ways to stay active while at home here
- Find ways to eat healthy while at home here
Stop the Spread of Germs:
General Coronavirus Info:
- Benefits.gov – online resource for federal benefits
- DHS resources
- Federal Trade Commission – coronavirus advice and scam alerts
- Iowa COVID-19 Legal Hotline – 1-800-332-0419
- Iowa Finance Authority – rent and utility assistance
- Iowa Legal Aid and Iowa Finance Authority – both have eviction information. Or click here to view your eviction rights.
- Iowa’s Small Business Development Center
- Iowa Workforce Development Center – unemployment updates and resources
- IRS – FAQs on stimulus payments
COVID Recovery Iowa – 844-775-9276
Connect with a peer counselor or request to get in touch with a COVID Recovery Iowa counselor. Visit website for information on group activities, support groups and other resources.
Iowa Concern Hotline – 800-447-1985 (call or text)
24/7 hotline to connect with emotional support, discuss financial concerns, and learn about your legal rights. Visit website.
Your Life Iowa – 855-581-8111 or text 855-895-8398
24/7 crisis hotline for help with alcohol, drugs, gambling, suicidal thoughts, and mental health concerns. Visit website.
Iowa COVID-19 Legal Hotline – 800-332-0419
Monday – Friday 9am-4pm; legal advice hotline for COVID-19 – related legal issues. Visit website.
Call 211 for help finding resources. Visit website