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COVID-19

The CDC’s new Community Level tool below shows a measure of the impact of COVID-19 illness on health and healthcare systems. Learn more here.

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.

COVID test options

  • Pick up a free at-home PCR test kit at Public Health (results in 24-72 hours) – click here to learn more. 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 (results in 10 minutes) at Henry County Health Center Clinics in New London, Winfield, Wayland, and Mount Pleasant. We also have some at Public Health.
  • Order 8 free at-home 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!

Current Schedule for Walk-Ins (Moderna & Pfizer ONLY, we no longer have J&J):

  • Wednesdays 1-3:30pm
  • Thursdays 9am-3:30pm
  • 1st and 3rd Thursdays 9am-5:30pm

Henry County Public Health, 106 N. Jackson St., Mt. Pleasant

Reduce your wait time! Print and fill out your paperwork before you arrive. Click here to download the vaccine consent form for age 12+. Español  Click here to download the vaccine consent form for age 5-11.

Booster Shots

  • If you received Pfizer (individuals age 12+) or Moderna, you should receive 1 booster shot 5 months after your 2nd shot.
  • If you received J&J – you should receive 1 booster shot 2 months after your initial shot.

2nd Boosters (updated 3-30-22)

Click here to read factors to think about as you consider a 2nd booster.

Who is eligible:

  • Adults ages 50 years and older
  • People ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
  • People who got 2 doses (1 primary dose and 1 booster) of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Make sure it’s been at least 4 months since your 1st COVID-19 booster.

Vaccinations for Youth

CDC recommends everyone 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Click here for 6 Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children

  • 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

Before Getting Your Vaccine:

  • Learn about the different vaccines from the CDC here.
  • Click here to learn more about possible common side effects. You will receive a print-out of this when you receive your vaccine. 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.

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.

211

Call 211 for help finding resources. Visit website

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