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Blood Drive helps many through donations

By Virginia Gay Hospital · January 22nd, 2021
Thank you for being a contributor to your community!Whether you had a successful donation or not, your efforts to stop and donate blood did not go unnoticed. Your blood went through 15 different tests today, and tomorrow it will be on its way to hospital patients in need.Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton21 Registered Donors19 Units collectedUp to 57 lives saved or sustained 5 First Time DonorsThank you to the 5 first time donors who stepped up to try blood donation! You will get a donor ID card and free gift in the mail in 4 – 6 weeks.

Information concerning COVID Vaccine Distribution

By Virginia Gay Hospital · January 19th, 2021
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COVID Hotline Available

By Virginia Gay Hospital · January 14th, 2021
In response to questions that we have received regarding the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine and access for the general public, we have some updated information.While CDC makes recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first, each state has its own plan for deciding who will be vaccinated first.

The Vinton Community RED CROSS blood drive will be held on Thursday, January 14, at the Vinton Skate Center from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. To make an appointment, you can go online at or call Kristie at (319) 472-4292. Appointments are preferred. All blood donations will be screened for Covid antibodies.

GIVE SOMEONE ANOTHER YEAR -January 19th Blood Drive

By Vinton Today · January 8th, 2021
Kick off 2021 by saving lives in your community at a LifeServe Blood Center blood drive!To help ensure the safety of blood donors and team members during this COVID-19 pandemic, LifeServe is enforcing several precautionary measures. Appointments are required. Donors who do not have an appointment will not be able to give blood.

LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to show their support for local heroes the week of January 4-9.LifeServe Blood Center is partnering with Iowa C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) to host special blood drives across the area the week of January 4, ending on January 9, annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Words on Wellness

By Benton County Extension · January 8th, 2021
Click to view the January Words on Wellness newsletter brought to you by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office. Attached you will find the January NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) newsletter.This edition features:· Macronutrients: Protein· Dry Lentils· Food Safety: Meal Planning and Preparation· SMART Goals· Recipe for Lentil Chili

COVID Number 1/6/21

By Valerie Close, Editor · January 6th, 2021
Region 6: Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, and WinneshiekBenton County Population as of 2019, 25,645Positive Cases since March 2020, 2,021Benton County Recoveries 1,082Active Cases Region 6 Hospitalizations 94Region 6 Beds Available 1,001Region 6 ICU Beds Available 108Region 6 In the ICU 12Region 6 Admitted in the last 24 hours 24Region 6 On Ventilators 3Region 6 Ventilators Available 165Total Benton Co.

Benton County Provides COVID-19 Vaccine Update

By Virginia Gay Hospital · January 5th, 2021
Following the Emergency Use Authorization of both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is partnering with county public health departments to begin vaccinating Iowans. Both vaccines are currently being administered in Iowa to the Phase 1A priority populations of health care personnel and long-term care residents and staff.

Benton County Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

By Virginia Gay Hospital · December 30th, 2020
Benton County Public Health (BCPH) has received an allocation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for persons in Phase 1-A. This phase includes individuals working in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. Qualifying individuals in this phase and future phases are determined by Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at the federal level and Iowa Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) at the state level.

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