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Health And Fitness

Benton County Public Health Reminds Residents COVID-19 Preparation Practices

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.“We encourage residents to prepare for COVID-19 by making a family plan, being ready for possible interruptions in their normal work and school schedules, and by making sure they have their regular prescriptions on hand,” said Benton County Public Health Director Katie Cox.

Important Notice from Benton County Environmental Health

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
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COVID-19 Treat to People with Substance Use Disorders

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

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.

Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab restricts Visiting

To Our Residents and Family Members:We know many of you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) and how it may impact us here at Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab. Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our first priority. At this time, we don’t have any cases in our building. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our building.
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15 Days to slow the spread

Click to view the guidelines and tips to avoid and curtail the spread of the Coronavirus

Blood Donations needed today at VGH

Donate today at Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton Community Blood Drive, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 1:45 PM - 5:30 PM at Virginia Gay Hospital, 502 N 9th Ave. LifeServe Blood Center, along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other national partners, is urging blood donors to turn out in force to give blood. Across the blood industry, nearly 4,000 blood drives have been canceled, resulting in some 130,000 fewer blood donations due to concerns regarding COVID-19.


 VGH will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, March 17th from 1:45-5:30PM in the VGH Cafeteria. LifeServe Blood Center, the sole supplier of blood products to more than 120 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, is urging healthy, eligible blood donors to continue donating blood to maintain an adequate blood supply in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Additional COVID-19 Case in Iowa: 2-1-1 hotline available to answer questions

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

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.· Visitors are limited to two adults per patient room at any time unless there is a special circumstance.
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