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Universal Masking at VGH

By Virginia Gay Hospital · May 13th, 2020
Effective Wednesday, May 13th, Virginia Gay Hospital healthcare will implement universal masking. This decision was made based on the recommendations of the CDC, and the Iowa Department of Public Health, as well as the availability of sufficient supply of appropriate masks. Masks may be removed when social distancing of at least 6 feet is possible.


By Vinton Today · May 12th, 2020
In the long list of routines disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, many Iowans may have missed preventive dental exams, ignored a nagging toothache or even forgot to brush their teeth a few times during the long days of quarantine. Iowa dentists have been gearing up to welcome patients back per Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds' May 8 proclamation, but visits will look a little different now.

May WOW Newsletter

By Benton County Extension · May 1st, 2020
Attached you will find your edition of the May 2020 WOW newsletter. This edition features:Improving StrengthWashing Leafy GreensRecipe for Orange Dressing with FruitInflammation and the role diet may play UPCOMING FREE CLASSES:Food Preservation 101- Online, May 28th Bonus Links:Bought Too Much Food? Freeze It!Online Workshop for Safe Mushroom ForagingProper Cleaning and Sanitizing During COVID-19Reinvent Family Meal TimeDon’t Go Hungry.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday allowing the reopening of some business types and lifting gathering requirements for certain counties beginning May 1. The proclamation applies to 77 counties in Iowa where COVID-19 activity remains lowest.The new guidelines do not apply to organizations in Benton County due to ongoing COVID-19 activity.

Home Birth Interest Increases Amidst Coronavirus Concerns

By Vinton Today · April 24th, 2020
Pregnant women have found themselves a casualty of the many restrictions and concerns related to the pandemic. For a brief time, until the outcry persuaded the governor to issue an executive order allowing women to have labor support, hospitals in New York were prohibiting laboring women from having any labor support—including their partner.

Governor Reynolds issued a proclamation April 16, 2020, tightening restrictions for Benton County residents to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the county and the state.“Our region of the state has reached the threshold for which extra measures are needed,” said Benton County Public Health Director Katie Cox.

Benton County Explains COVID-19 Testing

By Virginia Gay Hospital · April 17th, 2020
Benton County Public Health has received many questions from residents about how and when individuals are tested for COVID-19, and what happens after the testing is completed.“The health and well-being of our county’s residents is our number one concern,” said Benton County Public Health Director Katie Cox.

Benton County Public Health thanks all residents that are following social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s important to remember to follow these guidelines even when outside.“We encourage residents to spend time outdoors when possible because it’s beneficial to mental health and physical activity is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Benton County Public Health Director Katie Cox.

FDA Requests Recovered COVID-19 patients to Donate Plasma

By Vinton Today · April 16th, 2020
As part of the all-of-America approach to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been working with partners across the U.S. government, academia and industry to expedite the development and availability of critical medical products to treat this novel virus. Today, we are providing an update on one potential treatment called convalescent plasma and encouraging those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma to help others fight this disease.

VGH Family Medical Clinics open to Provide Medical Services

By Virginia Gay Hospital · April 15th, 2020
The Virginia Gay Family Medical Clinics in Vinton, Urbana, Atkins and Van Horne are open and continue to provide the same excellent medical care to our communities you’ve come to expect. The difference now is we’ve changed our processes a bit to keep you and our staff as safe as possible during this COVID19 pandemic.

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