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December Words on Wellness Newsletter

Click here to find your edition of the December 2020 Words on Wellness newsletter.This edition features:·     Pulse Flours: A Healthy Baking Alternative·     Recipe for Slow Cooker Lentils·     Please Pass the Potatoes·     Home Gym Ideas Stay well! For resources to use during the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit our Finding Answers Now page.
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Rural Health Day November 19

Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why approximately 57 million people – one in five Americans – call them home. These rural communities also have unique healthcare needs. National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to celebrate the “Power of Rural”, bringing to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face and showcasing the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.

COVID Recovery Iowa Encourages Social Connections to Cope with Holiday Isolation

Eight months into the pandemic, COVID Recovery Iowa continues to respond to the mental health needs of Iowans across the state. "As it gets colder, as the days get shorter, and people aren't able to get outside as much or gather with their families like they have before, we are concerned that isolation during the holidays and winter could increase with all the stress people are experiencing due to the pandemic," says Karen Hyatt, Emergency Mental Health Specialist.

We need your help!

VGH is seeking blood donations as the need for convalescent plasma (CCP) is needed Here is a direct link to schedule an appointment!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 convalescent plasma for critically ill hospital patients suffering from COVID-19.
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Winter Sport Participation Suggestions

Click to view healthy suggestions for participating in Winter Sports provided by Virginia Gay Hospital.

A Message from VGH asking community for help to stop the spread

A Memo to Benton County Residents: Many hospitals in our region are operating at capacity or like Virginia Gay Hospital, near capacity with increasing numbers of patients in ER and all of our clinic [st]tings.  We are also seeing around 10% of our staff are out, mainly due to community exposure or family care issues.  Our providers and staff continue to work extremely hard but are wearing down.

COVID-19 Cases Update for Benton County

Governor Issues new proclamation limiting gatherings. This will be posted as soon as possible. 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.
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Benton County COVID numbers rising

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.


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.
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