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Testing at Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory has indicated one additional positive case of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa residents, a total of 14 positive cases. An additional 21 tests were negative. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the new case is in an older adult (61 to 80 years) from Johnson County and was on the same Egyptian cruise as other positive cases.

Virginia Gay Hospital announces visitor restrictions until further notice

By Virginia Gay Hospital · March 10th, 2020
In keeping with a commitment to patient safety, effective today, Virginia Gay Hospital will temporarily limit patient visitations in order to minimize potential patient and staff exposure to seasonal influenza and other respiratory viruses.Starting today, the following precautions will take effect until further notice.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered a partial activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Johnston to ensure State of Iowa agencies are prepared in the event COVID-19 is detected in the state. “While no positive tests of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa at this time, we are proactively coordinating plans across state agencies to protect the health of Iowans and assess our operational needs so we are as prepared as possible," said Gov.

Benton County Public Health Advises Residents on Spring Break Travel

By Benton County Public Health · March 3rd, 2020
Benton County Public Health continues to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local partners to monitor and respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and has since been detected in other parts of the world, including the U.

March Peer Recovery Zone Calendar

By Vinton Today · March 2nd, 2020

March Words on Wellness Newsletter

By Iowa State University · February 28th, 2020
Click to viewAttached you will find your edition of the March 2020 WOW newsletter. This edition features:Eat Right Bite by BiteRecipe for Pineapple Snack CakesScrub by Scrub: The Importance of Washing Your ProduceWarm Weather and Warm Joints

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

By ASAC · February 28th, 2020
The Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC), in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the National Council on Problem Gambling, dedicates March to helping people “have the conversation” about problem gambling. Approximately 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for Gambling Disorder and another 4-6 million (2-3%) would be considered problem gamblers; yet for many, gambling remains a hidden addiction.

Benton County Prepares for COVID-19

By Vinton Today · February 27th, 2020
By Benton County Public HealthBenton County Public Health is advising residents about what they can do now to prepare for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. To date, no one in Iowa has tested positive for COVID-19.“Since the start of this outbreak, Benton County Public Health has worked closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to monitor potential cases of COVID-19,” said Benton County Public Health Director Katie Cox BSN, RN.

The child may not remember, but the body remembers.Benton-Iowa Community Partnership for Protecting Children is pleased to announce Patti (Wachtendorf) Lund, recently retired Iowa State Penitentiary warden, will be giving a talk on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Blairstown Community Center, 305 Locust Street NW.

When Rumors Fly, Turn to Trusted Resources

By Virginia Gay Hospital · February 19th, 2020
When a new virus like coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) emerges on the public health scene, there are many questions. It is normal to be concerned about COVID-19, which has caused so much illness and death in China. Public health officials take every disease outbreak seriously and Benton County Public Health has been working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn about COVID-19 and its risk to Iowans.

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