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Health And Fitness

Benton County Provides COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Benton County health continues to work to administer vaccines to Phase 1 priority populations Following the Emergency Use Authorization of both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is partnering with county public health departments to begin vaccinating Iowans. Both vaccines are currently being administered in Iowa to the Phase 1A priority populations of health care personnel and long-term care residents and staff.

Benton County Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

Benton County Public Health (BCPH) has received an allocation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for persons in Phase 1-A. This phase includes individuals working in healthcare [st]tings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. Qualifying individuals in this phase and future phases are determined by Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at the federal level and Iowa Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) at the state level.
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LSI now providing Family Support Program in Vinton

Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) will now provide the Early Childhood Iowa Family Support Program to eligible families in the Vinton area. The program was formerly offered by Horizons – A Family Service Alliance in Vinton, but transitioned to LSI earlier this year. LSI has taken steps over the last six months to formally transition the program.The name of the program is also transitioning to Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success (HOPES).

Overdose Deaths Accelerating During COVID-19 Expanded Prevention Efforts Needed

 Over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period, according to recent provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While overdose deaths were already increasing in the months preceding the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the latest numbers suggest an acceleration of overdose deaths during the pandemic.

Lottery Tickets should be sent to P.O. Box 7 not given to the children

ASAC requested that the following news release should be run before Christmas. The idea is to encourage adults NOT to give lottery tickets to children for the holidays. It might encourage children to gamble. In case you have purchased them for the kids, feel free to forward them to Vinton Today, and I'll be sure to keep them out of the hands of your children.
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Rethink the Holidays to Ease Stress and Build Memories

The holiday season often brings stress, whether we’re juggling multiple commitments or coping with loneliness. In 2020 the holiday season brings the added stress of navigating COVID-19.“Although we may not be facing the same stresses, we are facing new stresses as we decide how we’ll be spending the holidays and how to keep in touch with family and friends.

ISU & Farm Foundation offer Wellness Resources for Benton Co. Farm Families

Pre-paid, ongoing wellness coaching and counseling services are now available to Benton County farm families. Families can get confidential support for a variety of life events via phone, text, live chat, video or app—in addition to existing sources of 24/7 help. Coaching and counseling will be provided through Personal Assistance Services (PAS), which has been engaged to deliverits wide range of services directly to Iowa farm families.

COVID Numbers 12/10/20

Region 6: Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, and Winneshiek.11/5       11/10       12/10                                      804        1073         1835     Positive cases since March, Benton Co.
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PRZ/Peer Support Recovery Calendar of Events

Peer Support Recovery Vinton or PRZ is located at 811 D Ave. in the Access Center and will meet on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.Who we help: Anyone 18 years or older who are in mourning, isolated, depressed, lonely, manic, anxious, angry or anything else.PRZ is a place for adults living with mental illness. Simply put, this is a fun and safe place to come and socialize with but also gain support from peers.

Free Resilience Program Helping Iowa Families Manage Stress

Developed in response to a recent Iowa parent survey conducted by the nonprofit Worldmaker International, the organization is providing free resilience education this month to Eastern Iowa families. The Pandemic Parenting project is funded by a 2020 CARES Act grant. According to the more than 580 parent survey responses, parents reported that their top challenges are supporting their child’s social and emotional well-being, dealing with changes in schooling, and managing their child’s screen time.
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