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Health And Fitness

Benton County at 23 active COVID cases

If there's a 2 week incubation time with COVID, that would put us back almost to the 4th of July weekend. Right now Benton County stands at 94 cases, up more than 10 from the last report shared on Vinton Today. So far, we've had 2,673 tested, with 2,571 negatives. Fortunately, we've only had one death, and 70 recoveries, which leave 23 active cases.

Suicide Prevention Program Still Available Virtually to Agribusiness Community

Iowa’s rural communities and families are still coping with the uncertainty, stress, and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial worries and unpredictable commodity prices also continue to contribute to farmers’ anxiety. In response to this ongoing impact, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering weekly online “Question.
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Hand Sanitizer warning from the FDA for Sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem

The FDA continues receiving reports about the use of the hand sanitizer made by Eskbiochem.  FDA is encouraging healthcare professionals, consumers, and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program: Complete and submit the report online; orDownload and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.


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. If a hospital patient requires a transfusion, that blood must come from a healthy volunteer donor.To help ensure the safety of blood donors and team members during this COVID-19 pandemic, LifeServe is enforcing several precautionary measures.

July NEWS (Nutrition Education with Seniors) Newsletter

 This edition features:·     Sunny Vitamin D·     “Raisin” Shine, It’s Sumer Time!·     Grocery Shopping and Refrigerator Tips·     Recipe for Take Along Trail MixSunny Vitamin D   Did you know your skin helps make vitamin D for your body? Sun exposure enables your skin to produce vitamin D.
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Test Iowa sites relocated in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids

Test Iowa sites in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids will be moved to new locations in those communities later today when testing concludes at 6 p.m. The Des Moines site, currently located at the Iowa Events Center north parking lot, was the first to open in the state on April 25.  It will move to Polk County River Place at 2309 Euclid Avenue in Des Moines.


Dr. Brian Meeker was elected vice-president of the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association.Brian Meeker, D.O. of Vinton, Iowa attended and graduated from Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in 1984. He completed his residency at St. Luke’s Medical Center and internship at Davenport Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab share guidelines for reopening

Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab received guidance from Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) on the phased-in reopening of nursing homes. Phase I of the reopening plan does not change any of our current practices until we have 14 days without any positive or suspected cases in staff or residents. We have two staff members off at this time, and we will reevaluate once we have 14 days without having to remove staff from work due to screening positive with symptoms.
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Vinton's Red Cross Community Blood Drive to be held June 19

The Vinton Red Cross Community Blood Drive will be held Friday, June 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Vinton Skate Center.  Due to COVID requirements, you must have an appointment and bring a mask if you have one.  Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-733-2767, calling Kristie at (319)472-4292, or go online at

Preserve Your Garden’s Bounty

Preserving your garden’s summer bounty is a great way to enjoy home-grown produce year round– as long as you don’t serve foodborne illness, like botulism, with your home preserved foods. “Home food preservation is not difficult, but it does require following specific directions exactly,” said Kelsey Salow, Iowa State University, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist.
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