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COVID-19 Cases Update for Benton County

By Valerie Close, Editor · November 10th, 2020
Benton County has topped more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 since March. See the table below for all of the numbers. (The governor has just issued a new proclamation limiting social gatherings Indoors as well as other restrictions. This will be posted as soon as it is available.)Please remember that masks only stop droplets aka moisture carrying the virus.

Benton County COVID numbers rising

By Valerie Close, Editor · November 6th, 2020
As of Thursday evening, Benton County COVID cases have skyrocketed to a whopping 840 cases. According to the State COVID website, there are 38 cases at the VInton Lutheran Home and 4 cases in Keystone Nursing Care. Benton County has had 6 deaths to date.If you think that you might be sick, stay home, but contact your health care provider as soon as possible to begin treatment, this is not a wait and see type illness.


By Vinton Today · November 5th, 2020
LifeServe Blood Center is asking community members to book an appointment to give blood at an upcoming area blood drive. It’s important that eligible community members continue to give blood regularly to ensure the health of the community. There is no substitute for human blood.To help ensure the safety of blood donors and team members during this COVID-19 pandemic, LifeServe is enforcing several precautionary measures.

COVID Incubation time explained

By Virginia Gay Hospital · November 3rd, 2020
When discarding your used disposable masks at work or home, please take a second to snip the ear loops, it is endangering animals and other wildlife as they get tangled in these loops.

Recovered COVID Patients please consider being a blood donor on 11/24/2020

By Virginia Gay Hospital · November 3rd, 2020
Join us at an upcoming blood drive in your area! Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton Community11/24/2020 (01:45 pm - 05:30 pm)502 N 9th AveVirginia Gay Hospital - CafeteriaVinton, IA 52349 Thank you for supporting our blood drive. We look forward to seeing you there!In partnership with the state’s public health department, LifeServe Blood Center is assisting in the fight against COVID-19 by testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies to help understand the spread of the virus and to help identify individuals who may be eligible to provide co...

November WOW (Words on Wellness) Newsletter

By Benton County Extension · October 30th, 2020
Attached you will find your edition of the November 2020 Words on Wellness newsletter.This edition features:· Sweet Potatoes: Not Just Thanksgiving· Recipe for Sweet Potato Fries· November 15: Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day· November 29: Throw Out Your Leftovers Day· Activity- A Natural Mood Booster! Stay well,For resources to use during the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit our Finding Answers Now page.

U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan wants to ensure that everyone knows how to rid their homes of unused and unwanted medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is holding its 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24, at locations across the country. The nationwide event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Several cases of COVID-19, the illness resulting from the novel coronavirus, have been diagnosed in our nursing facility at the Vinton Lutheran Home. Those affected are receiving treatment in our facility and will remain in isolation for at least 10 days. There have been no cases in our Assisted Living Apartments, Town Homes, or Home Health patients.

VGH Main Entrance will now screen visitors before entering

By Virginia Gay Hospital · October 10th, 2020
To all of our patients and staff, Starting Saturday, October 10th, 2020, for the safety of everyone, you will now need to ring a doorbell at the hospital's main entrance where you will be greeted and screened by our staff. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding that safety is our first priority.

Manage the Additional Stress following the Derecho

By Benton County Extension · October 8th, 2020
Iowans still are managing the uncertainly and anxiety produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Drought related conditions have added another layer of stress for agriculture producers in many areas of the state. And now, many individuals and communities are facing the aftermath of an unusually powerful derecho – a widespread, straight-line windstorm – that surged through Iowa.

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