Need a COVID test?
- Pick up a free rapid antigen test kit (results in 10 minutes) or PCR test kit (results in 24-72 hours) at Public Health. Please call if you are sick or have been exposed so we can meet you outside. 319-385-0779
- Pick up a free at-home rapid antigen test kit at Henry County Health Center Clinics in New London, Winfield, Wayland, and Mount Pleasant.
- Order up to 12 free rapid antigen test kits (results in 10 minutes) to come by mail from the federal government here.
- Testing is also available by appointment at Family Medicine and QuickVisit.
- Need a test for travel? COVID-19 testing at HCHC has antigen tests for $61 and PCR tests for $143. Results within 4-24 hours. Call 319-385-6540 to make an appointment.
Get Vaccinated and Boosted!
August Schedule for Walk-Ins (Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax):
- Thursday 8/4 9am-5:30pm*
- Thursday 8/11 9am-3:30pm*
- Thursday 8/18 9am-5:30pm*
- Thursday 8/25 9am-3:30pm*
*Clinic end times are subject to change for 6 months-4/5 years based on vaccine supply. We have to be cautious in avoiding waste so may not open a new vial at the end of the day.
Henry County Public Health, 106 N. Jackson St., Mt. Pleasant. Bring your insurance card.
Reduce your wait time! Print and fill out your paperwork before you arrive.
- Click here to download the vaccine consent form for Moderna. Español
- Click here to download the vaccine consent form for Pfizer. Español
- Click here to download the vaccine consent form for Novavax (adults age 18+ only). Español We no longer have J&J.
1st Boosters: Everyone ages 5 and older should get a booster at least 5 months after your 2nd Pfizer or Moderna shot, or 2 months after J&J.
2nd Boosters: Adults age 50 and older and people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are now eligible to get a 2nd Pfizer or Moderna booster dose at least 4 months after their 1st booster.
Use this handy tool to find out when you can get your booster.
Vaccinations for Youth
For the best protection, CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible.
Click here to read FAQs from the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Children are as likely to be infected with COVID-19 as adults and can:
- Get very sick from COVID-19
- Have both short and long-term health complications from COVID-19
- Spread COVID-19 to others, including at home and school
- COVID-19 has become one of the top 10 causes of pediatric death, and tens of thousands of children and teens have been hospitalized with COVID-19.
- Children who get infected with COVID-19 can also develop serious complications like multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)—a condition where different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.
- Children get a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine than teens and adults that is the right amount for their age group.
- Learn more about why children and teens should get vaccinated against COVID-19 here.
Before Getting Your Vaccine:
What To Do If You May Have Been Exposed To The Virus
Updated 12/28/21: People who are Unvaccinated OR are more than 6 months since their 2nd Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or more than 2 months since their J&J vaccine and not yet boosted should:
- Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
- If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
- Test on day 5 if possible.
- If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
Fully vaccinated people who have received their booster shot or are not yet eligible for a booster shot should:
- Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
- Test on day 5 if possible.
- If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
What To Do If You Are Sick
Common symptoms of COVID-19 may include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; fever or chills; muscle or body aches; headache; sore throat; congestion or runny note; nausea or vomiting; 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 except to get medical care
- Stay separate from other people and pets in your home
- Do not share personal household items
- Get tested. Options include Family Medicine of Mt. Pleasant, Henry County Health Center Clinics, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, QuickVisit Urgent Care, or pick up an at-home test kit at Public Health (learn more here).
- Click here for isolation guidance if your test is positive.
- Monitor your symptoms
- Seek emergency medical attention if someone is having:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds depending on skin tone
- 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.
You can find additional Iowa data here. Click on Henry County on the map and some of the other charts will update to county level data.
How to Protect Yourself & Others
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 Vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people getting COVID-19 and can also reduce the risk of spreading it.
- Wear a mask – Everyone 2 years or older who is not fully vaccinated should wear a mask in indoor public places.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from people you don’t live with.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Test to prevent spread to others. A positive test result means that you have an infection and should isolate and inform your close contacts to avoid spreading disease to others. Click here for isolation guidance.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- 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 recommends Novavax vaccine for adults age 18 and older. 7.19.22 Learn more about Novavax here.
Follow us on facebook to see any new guidance, vaccine clinic dates, and Public Health updates – facebook.com/HealthyHenryCounty
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- Benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine
- 6 Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children
- Vaccine booster shots
- Possible side effects
- Frequently asked questions
- Myths and facts about COVID-19 vaccines
- How COVID-19 vaccines work
- V-safe after vaccination health checker info sheet and website
- 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
Project Recovery Iowa – 844-775-9276
Free 24/7 virtual counseling and assistance for all Iowans needing support. Call or visit their website.
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