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FDA advises how to use hand sanitizer

By Vinton Today · March 31st, 2020
Soap and water really do work and is probably better for you in the long run. However, if they are NOT available, hand sanitizer is your go-to.From the FDA:"Each of us can help stop the spread of COVID-19 disease by washing our hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds – especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

New Hours for VGH Clinics

By Virginia Gay Hospital · March 31st, 2020
Beginning Wednesday, April 1, clinic hours at the Atkins, Urban and Vinton Family Medical Clinics will change as follows until further notice:Atkins: Monday-Thursday, 7 am - 5 pm and Friday 7 am-4 pmUrbana: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 7 am - 5 pm and Wednesday 7 am-4 pmVinton: Monday-Friday 7 am-5 pm and Saturday 8 am-NoonThere are no changes to the hours at the Van Horne location at this time.

April WOW Newsletter

By Benton County Extension · March 31st, 2020
Attached you will find your edition of the April 2020 WOW newsletter. This edition features:Be Active as a FamilyRecipe for Chicken Salad (Great on a sandwich!)Visit a Farmers MarketFarmers Market Food Safety Bonus Links: Meals and Snacks from the Pantry, Prepare Your Pantry- But Don't Panic, and more.

Benton County Public Health to Residents: Together We’re Stronger

By Virginia Gay Hospital · March 30th, 2020
The Benton County Public Health Department reminds residents that although they are spending more time away from friends and family because of social distancing, state, county and local leaders recognize and appreciate the vital role they serve in stopping the spread of COVID-19.“This unprecedented time is not easy,” said Benton County Public Health Director Katie Cox “We want everyone to know that the actions they are taking - staying away from groups of people and keeping a 6-foot distance from other individuals – are important and ma...

UPDATED Visitor Restrictions for Virginia Gay Hospital

By Virginia Gay Hospital · March 25th, 2020
Effective Tuesday, March 24, visitors are NOT allowed unless the visitor is a designated caregiver and the patient falls into one of four categories listed below:1. The patient is imminently dying.2. The patient is an infant or small child. In this case, only one designated parent/caregiver may be present in the room to support care of the patient.

Benton County Public Health Explains Social Distancing

By Benton County Public Health · March 20th, 2020
County Public Health Department and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) remind residents they play a vital role in stopping the spread of COVID-19. A critical part of containment is practicing social distancing.“Social distancing is a term used to describe certain action public health and individuals can take to stop or slow the spread of an infectious disease,” said Benton County Public Health Director Katie Cox.

Benton County Public Health Reminds Residents COVID-19 Preparation Practices

By Benton County Public Health · March 20th, 2020
Traditional and social media have been full recently of stories and pictures of people stocking up on toilet paper in preparation for COVID-19. Benton County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) remind residents that hoarding of items, most notably toilet paper, are not necessary or recommended.

Important Notice from Benton County Environmental Health

By Vinton Today · March 20th, 2020
Important Notice from Benton County Environmental Health:A reminder to residents of the county to not flush wipes of any kind, paper towels, facial tissues, napkins or feminine products down the toilet. These products can damage and clog sanitary sewers and septic systems causing failure. Thank you

David Condry, Project CoordinatorAbove the Influence Wellness Coalition During the past weeks it has been reported consistently that older adults and people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease, are at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19. While this virus is a risk for anyone in our community it is important to recognize another group that has an increased risk during this time.

VGH releases COVID-19 Hospital Guidelines

By Virginia Gay Hospital · March 19th, 2020
In response to Governor Reynold’s announcement of community spread in Iowa of the COVID-19 virus, Virginia Gay Hospital is updating the public with the following information regarding Virginia Gay Hospital and clinics as we work to minimize patient and staff exposure and conserve resources.The following precautions will take effect until further notice.

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