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Health And Fitness


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

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

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 convalescent plasma for critically ill hospital patients suffering from COVID-19.

November WOW (Words on Wellness) Newsletter

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.

DEA to Hold 19th Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, October 24

           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.
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The Lutheran Home for the Aged Association East Statement on COVID cases

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

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.Thank you!

Manage the Additional Stress following the Derecho

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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Make Healthy Connections: 6th Health and Wellness Fair October 12-15

Since it started six years ago, the Benton County Health and Wellness Fair has grown in popularity, and this year was to be no exception. The event is usually scheduled earlier in the spring, but this year organizers chose to postpone as they determined the best way to proceed in light of concerns over COVID-19. After careful thought and planning, the event will be held this month, slightly different from years past.

State Updates Long-Term Care Facility Visitation Guidance

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) are updating guidance for long-term care facilities to comply with new requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This [upd]d guidance aligns with federal regulations to balance resident and staff safety with quality of life.
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