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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.
  • 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.

Learn more about the Moderna vaccine here. Learn more about the Pfizer vaccine here. Learn more about the Novavax vaccine here.

Booster Shots

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:

  • Learn about the different vaccines from the CDC here.
    • View the Moderna age 12+ vaccine fact sheet here. Español
    • View the Moderna age 6 months-5 years vaccine fact sheet here.
    • View the Pfizer age 12+ vaccine fact sheet here. Español
    • View the Pfizer age 5-11 vaccine fact sheet here. Español
    • View the Pfizer age 6 months-4 years 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 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.

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

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.

Hotlines

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.

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Call 211 for help finding resources. Visit website