Questions about Coronavirus?

Sioux County Public Health is advising community members about what they can do now to prepare for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. 

Sioux County Public Health will continue to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and with our local partners.

In the meantime, community members should prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way they prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt their normal routine. For example: What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your daycare provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill?

Everyone can help prevent the spread of all viruses, including influenza and coronavirus (COVID-19) in the following ways:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your mouth with your upper arm or tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For a printable poster with this information in English and Spanish, click here.

For information and updates related to COVID-19, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow IDPH on Facebook (@IowaDepartmentofPublicHealth) and Twitter (@IAPublicHealth). The CDC’s COVID-19 page contains information on how to keep yourself and you family safe. You can also sign up for updates from Governor Reynolds’ office here.

A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. This line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1.

Sioux County Confirms Outbreak in a Long-Term Care Center

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Sioux County Public Health (Community Health Partners/CHP) have identified 4 positive resident cases of COVID-19 at Prairie Ridge Care Center a long-term care facility in Sioux County. According to IDPH, an outbreak occurs when three or more cases of COVID-19 are identified among residents of a facility.

The facility has notified residents and their families, and consistent with IDPH guidelines, the affected residents are in isolation. Prairie Ridge staff are working closely with IDPH and CHP to protect the health of all residents and staff, with additional testing of residents and staff as directed by IDPH.

“Protecting the health and wellbeing of the residents and staff is the highest priority of Prairie Ridge and CHP,” said Sioux County Public Health (CHP) Director, Kim Westerholm. “We know our older population is at the highest risk for serious COVID-19 illness, so we and Prairie Ridge are monitoring the situation carefully and taking the highest precautions to prevent virus spread.”

As of today, 7/30, there are 575 total cases of COVID-19 in Sioux County. CHP continues to work closely with IDPH, and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, including an interactive map with county, regional and long-term care outbreak information, visit: coronavirus.iowa.gov

COVID-19 Death Confirmed in Sioux County

The Sioux County Department of Public Health, Community Health Partners, today announced the first death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county. The individual was a 61-80 year old.

“We wish to extend our sympathy to this individual’s family,” said Sioux County Public Health Director Kim Westerholm. “Sioux County Public Health and all of our key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of this virus in our communities.”

All residents should continue to follow precautions to avoid getting sick and passing the virus onto others. Those precautions include washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with others; wearing a cloth face covering when around people outside of your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly, and monitoring your health for symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself then call your health care provider and follow their advice.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.iowa.gov and follow the Iowa Department of Public Health on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

Childhood Vaccines During COVID-19

June 16, 2020

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT|
From Community Health Partners, Hawarden Regional Healthcare, Hegg Health Center, Orange City Area Health System, and Sioux Center Health

 

Sioux County Public Health and area health systems stress importance of childhood vaccines during coronavirus pandemic
Missing vaccinations can have devastating effects

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared vaccines one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th Century, second only to clean water. The widespread use of vaccines protects all Iowans from once common and serious infectious diseases like tetanus, measles, mumps, and polio.

Unfortunately, childhood immunizations/vaccinations have significantly decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, a trend seen in Sioux County as well as nationwide. Delays in immunizations may result in secondary outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

“The need to prevent serious childhood diseases like measles and whooping cough doesn’t disappear during the coronavirus public health emergency,” stated Kim Westerholm, Director of Community Health Services for Sioux County’s Community Health Partners (CHP),

Well-child visits and vaccinations are essential to ensure children are protected against diseases.  Missing vaccinations can have devastating effects not only for the child but for others as well.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) strongly support continued healthcare for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The AAP recommends that all well-child care should occur in person whenever possible and within the child’s medical home for continuity of care.

Each of the health systems in Sioux County – Hawarden Regional Healthcare, Hegg Health Center, Orange City Area Health System, and Sioux Center Health – have protocols in place to safely care for both well and sick patients of all ages. They encourage the families they serve to schedule immunizations and other essential health services with their providers.

“Local medical clinics are ready to continue to provide safe and integrated care for your family and children,” commented Westerholm. “It’s important to reschedule missed well child visits and other important healthcare screenings and get your immunizations up to date.”

New TestIowa site to open in Sioux County on 5/27

State of Iowa announces new Test Iowa locations as testing criteria expands
Schedule can be found on coronavirus.iowa.gov

DES MOINES – Today, the Office of Governor Kim Reynolds announced new Test Iowa locations will open next week in Marshalltown, Sioux Center, and Council Bluffs.

A schedule of sites, locations and times can be found here.

Test Iowa is a statewide initiative to expand COVID-19 testing. Testing criteria now allows any Iowan to be tested, regardless of symptoms or potential exposure to the virus. To be tested, Iowans must first complete an assessment at www.testiowa.com and schedule an appointment at a test site.

Test Iowa’s mobile testing model makes it possible to quickly operationalize a temporary test site in a community where virus activity is increasing or access to testing is limited. Testing is rapidly scaled up to identify positive cases, conduct contact tracing, and determine scope of the virus in the community. Over time when test volume decreases, sites are moved to other communities where there is a need.

The Test Iowa site currently in Sioux City will close when testing concludes at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 22. The site opened on May 4. Testing remains in Sioux City through local health care providers as well as the new Test Iowa Site in Sioux Center.

Pruebas de Vigilancia

Recientemente hicieron más de 400 pruebas en dos lugares en el noroeste de Iowa después de que una empresa local pidiera ayuda de pruebas para prevenir, detectar y mitigar la propagación del COVID-19. Este proceso se llama prueba de vigilancia, y puede detectar el virus incluso en la gente sin síntomas. Muchos que contraten el COVID-19 no tendrán síntomas o tendrán síntomas leves o moderados y puede que no sepan que estén enfermos.

Las pruebas de vigilancia ayudan en identificar estos individuos para que puedan aislarse, y los empleadores los puedan excluir del trabajo y desinfectar los lugares de trabajo.

Hacer las pruebas de vigilancia seleccionadas en una empresa donde hay casos confirmados y la gente se han expuesto aumenta el número de casos positivos en el condado Sioux, pero no es la razón exclusiva por la cual el número haya aumentado. Se reporten los resultados positivos basado en el condado donde vive el individuo. Al hacer más pruebas—por TestIowa, pruebas de vigilancia, y los proveedores de atención médica—esperamos ver más casos positivos en Iowa y en Sioux County.

El Departamento de salud pública de Iowa (IDPH, por sus siglas en inglés) solamente puede compartir el nombre de una empresa si deciden que un brote ocurrió en aquel lugar y si el director médico del estado decide que sea necesario compartir la información para proteger la salud del pueblo.

Preguntas adicionales que tienen que ver con las pruebas de vigilancia se deben dirigir a Amy McCoy en el Departamento de salud pública de Iowa: [email protected]

El IDPH y Community Health Partners todavía recomiendan que todos sigan usando las medidas del distanciamiento social:

  • Quedarse en casa si usted o alguien en casa tiene algún síntoma de enfermedad
  • Mantener 6 pies de distancia entre usted y los demás
  • Lavarse las manos con frecuencia
  • Limpiar y desinfectar las superficies que se tocan mucho

Llevar una mascarilla de tela si está fuera de casa y no puede mantener 6 pies de distancia entre usted y los demás

COVID-19 Symptoms and Case Count Update

Beginning today, CHP will use the Iowa Department of Public Health’s counts and reporting timeframes for Sioux County positive COVID-19 cases.  Please continue to check the coronavirus.iowa.gov website and dashboard for the latest data published by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Sioux County Positive Covid-19 Case Count (source: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/case-counts)

Today – 103
Yesterday – 100

 

As restrictions on activities are lifted please remember if you 65 or older or have underlying health conditions that place you at increased risk for contracting COVID-19 continue to stay at home as much as possible and leave only for essential services.

People may have no symptoms and still test positive, so it is important to continue to follow the social distancing guidelines:

  • Stay home if you or anyone in your home has any symptoms of illness
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from others
  • Clean your hands often
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Wear a cloth facemask if you are out in public and cannot maintain a 6 foot distance from others.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please stay home and contact your health care provider for guidance:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea/nausea/vomiting

For more COVID-19 prevention information including case counts in Iowa see:  https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/#prevention

News Release

4 Additional COVID-19 case(s) in Sioux County

3 adults (18-40)

1 adult (41-60)

The individual(s) are in isolation.

 

Sioux County total positive cases: 96

Take these steps to prevent the spread to yourself and others:

*Stay home if you or anyone in your home has any symptoms of illness

*Maintain a distance of 6 feet from others

*Clean your hands often

*Cover your coughs and sneezes

*Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

*Wear a cloth facemask if you are out in public and cannot maintain a 6 foot distance   from others.

 

 

For more COVID-19 prevention information including case counts in Iowa see:  https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/#prevention

6 Additional COVID-19 case(s) in Sioux County

2 children (0-17)
2 adults (18-40)
2 adults (61-80)

The individual(s) are in isolation.
Sioux County total positive cases: 92

Take these steps to prevent the spread to yourself and others:
*Stay home if you or anyone in your home has any symptoms of illness
*Maintain a distance of 6 feet from others
*Clean your hands often
*Cover your coughs and sneezes
*Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
*Wear a cloth facemask if you are out in public and cannot maintain a 6 foot distance   from others.

For more COVID-19 prevention information including case counts in Iowa see:  https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/#prevention