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COVID-19

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.
  • 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!

Upcoming Schedule for Walk-Ins:

  • Thursday 12/1 9am-5:30pm
  • Thursday 12/8 9am-3:30pm
  • Thursday 12/15 9am-5:30pm
  • Thursday 12/29 9am-3:30pm

106 N. Jackson St., Mt. Pleasant. Bring your insurance card.

Reduce your wait time! Print and fill out your paperwork before you arrive.

WE HAVE: Primary Series – Moderna age 6 months+, Novavax age 12+, and Pfizer age 6 months-4 years and Boosters – Moderna age 6+, Pfizer age 5+. Learn more about the different vaccines here.

Booster Shots

  • Updated (bivalent) boosters were approved on 10/12/22 for anyone age 5+ to protect against both the original COVID strain and the Omicron variants. If it has been at least 2 months since your primary series or your last booster you can get the new booster!
  • Boosters are not approved for children under 5.

Learn more here.

Vaccinations for Youth

For the best protection, CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older.

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:

  • Learn about the different vaccines from the CDC here.
    • View the Moderna age 6 months-5 years vaccine fact sheet here.
    • View the Moderna age 6+ vaccine fact sheet here.
    • View the Pfizer age 6 months-4 years vaccine fact sheet here.
    • View the Pfizer age 5-11 vaccine fact sheet here.
    • View the Pfizer age 12+ vaccine fact sheet here.
    • View the Novavax age 12+ vaccine fact sheet here.
  • Click here to learn more about possible common side effects.
  • Sign up for the v-safe after vaccination health checker. Learn more here.  Español
  • Need transportation? Call SEIBUS at 866-753-5107 to schedule a FREE ride (advance notice required) Monday – Friday 9am-3pm. SEIBUS is handicap accessible.
  • If you or someone you know is homebound, call us at 319-385-0779 and we will set up an appointment to come to your house.

What To Do If You May Have Been Exposed To The Virus

Updated 8/17/22:

  • Wear a mask as soon as you find out you were exposed and continue for 10 full days. You can still develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you have been exposed.
  • If you do NOT have symptoms: wait to get tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure.
  • If you DEVELOP symptoms: isolate immediately, get tested, and stay home until you know the result.

Click here to download the full isolation and quarantine guidance document or learn more at cdc.gov.

What To Do If You Test Positive for COVID-19

Updated 8/17/22:

  • Stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home.
  • You are more likely to get very sick if you are an older adult or have an underlying medical condition. Contact your provider to see if treatment may be available.
  • Tell people you had recent contact with that they may have been exposed.
  • Separate from others in your home as much as possible (separate bathroom and bedroom).
  • Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others in your home.
  • Take steps to improve ventilation at home, if possible.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • If you have an emergency warning sign (like trouble breathing, persistent pain, or pressure in your chest), seek emergency medical care immediately. Tell them you tested positive for COVID-19.

If you have had no symptoms:

  • You may end isolation after day 5. Continue wearing your mask through day 10.
  • If symptoms develop within 10 days of your positive test your 5 days start over.

If you have symptoms:

  • You may end isolation after day 5 if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and your symptoms are improving. Continue wearing your mask through day 10.
  • If you still have a fever or your other symptoms have not improved, continue to isolate until they improve.

Click here for more steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick.

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.

FDA extended expiration dates for some at-home tests. See if your tests have new expiration dates here.

CDC expands updated booster to include children ages 5-11 10.12.22

Follow us on facebook to see any new guidance, vaccine clinic dates, and Public Health updates – facebook.com/HealthyHenryCounty

Find Iowa data here. Click on Henry County on the map and some of the other charts will update to county level data.

Find CDC data here, including state and county-level data.

Hotlines

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – call or text 988

24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. Visit their website to find resources or chat live with a trained counselor.

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.

211

Call 211 for help finding resources. Visit website