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Iowans currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan have options to switch through the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment period that continues through March 31.“During this open enrollment period Iowans can switch to a different Medicare Advantage Plan with or without drug coverage. They can even go back to Original Medicare and, if needed, join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan,” Kristin Griffith, Director of the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) said.

Benton County Public Health COVID19 Vaccine Update

By Virginia Gay Hospital · February 2nd, 2021
Benton County is currently in vaccine Phase 1A and 1B.Eligible persons are healthcare workers, 65 and older, first responders, PK-12 staff, early childhood education, and childcare workers.If you are 65 and older, you will be able to receive the vaccine through your Benton County Medical Provider or Pharmacy.

Learn how to manage the day-to-day stresses of rural life

By Benton County Extension · February 2nd, 2021
Rural residents and those who associate with them are encouraged to partake in a webinar series called “Rural Resiliency: Caring for You and Yours,” 7:30-8:45 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, March 2, 9, 16 and 23.The series is sponsored by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy team, university extensions in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin; and in cooperation with the Dioceses of Madison, Rockford, St.

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 redcrossblood.org 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

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