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Date: July 2, 2020

Carroll County Public Health Update

 

The regular public health update that is given each Friday is being sent a day earlier due to the Independence Day holiday and office closure. 

As of Thursday, July 2, Carroll County Public Health has been notified by IDPH of an additional 7 cases bringing our total to 91 cases confirmed positive with one death. 69 cases are confirmed as recovered. Statewide: 316,379 tests have been administered and 29,966 tested positive. 23,757 individuals are listed as recovered with 717 deaths. For real-time numbers please continue to watch the map at www.coronavirus.iowa.gov/.  

We remind everyone not to let your guard down. Stay safe and protect yourself and your loved ones by wearing a mask and practicing social distance. Together, we can still have a happy 4th of July holiday. 

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St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll and St. Anthony Clinic in Denison continue to host TestIowa drive through testing. TestIowa COVID-19 testing helps to rapidly identify patients who test positive. Anyone wishing to be tested can do so by completing the online assessment at www.testiowa.com and calling (712) 794-5835 to make an appointment. Test results can be expected in three to five days. Patients who test positive will be notified by phone and by email. Patients testing negative will be notified by email.  Until patients receive test results, isolation is highly recommended especially if individuals are symptomatic.

Testing is also being conducted in Carroll County through appointments at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Manning Regional Healthcare Center, or McFarland Clinic. Contact your medical provider. For real-time numbers please watch the interactive map at www.coronavirus.iowa.gov/.  These stats continually change as cases are confirmed.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068. 
A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. 
Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


Date: July 1, 2020

Carroll County Public Health Update

As many of us anticipate graduation parties or Fourth of July picnics this coming weekend, Carroll County Public Health Director, Nikki Schwering offers these helpful tips for a successful and safe gatherings:
• If you can maintain physical distance outside, masks aren’t necessarily needed. If you must be within six feet of someone, wear a mask.
• Different households can sit together – separately, to maintain physical distancing.
• Encourage frequent hand washing and have hand sanitizer readily available. Don’t touch your face, and use a tissue or your elbow to contain coughs or sneezes.
• Grilled food should be taken directly from the grill to a person’s plate, not to a big tray of food.
• Use safety precautions when serving salads and main dishes. (Keep cold foods cold, hot foods hot, don’t cross contaminate, keep all surfaces, utensils and platters clean when preparing food.) https://www.fda.gov/…/handling-food-safely-while-eating-out…
• Alcoholic beverages can complicate things so keep an eye on consumption.
• Get rid of bottles and garbage quickly to minimize the risk of virus transmission.
• Be safe and have fun!

Of course, if you feel uncertain about gathering with other households, you can always visit electronically or by phone. If you are in a high risk group or have a compromised immune system, continue to stay home.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll and St. Anthony Clinic in Denison continue to host TestIowa drive through testing. TestIowa COVID-19 testing helps to rapidly identify patients who test positive. Anyone wishing to be tested can do so by completing the online assessment at www.testiowa.com and calling (712) 794-5835 to make an appointment. Test results can be expected in three to five days. Patients who test positive will be notified by phone and by email. Patients testing negative will be notified by email. Until patients receive test results, isolation is highly recommended especially if individuals are symptomatic.

Testing is also being conducted in Carroll County through appointments at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Manning Regional Healthcare Center, or McFarland Clinic. Contact your medical provider. For real-time numbers please watch the interactive map at www.coronavirus.iowa.gov/. These stats continually change as cases are confirmed.

o St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
o A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
o Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


Date: June 29, 2020

Carroll County Public Health Update

Carroll County Public Health has been notified of additional COVID-19 positive cases. The overall number of positive cases is now at 81.

People can contract and spread the COVID-19 virus without showing symptoms, rendering it difficult — if not impossible — to distinguish healthy from infected individuals without a formal test. To protect other people who come into contact with the unknowing individual, it is imperative to continue to practice social distancing measures.You should always wear a mask while in public and practice physical distancing.

Plan accordingly when you must venture out. Bring your mask, clean tissues, and hand sanitizer. Follow everyday health habits. Don’t touch your mask and if you do, wash your hands. Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead. The mask must cover your nose and mouth. Take your mask off by the ear loops or ties only. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth when removing and wash your hands as soon as possible after removing. Cloth masks should be washed and dried after each use. Find out more at https://www.cdc.gov/…/prevent…/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll and St. Anthony Clinic in Denison continue to host TestIowa drive through testing. TestIowa COVID-19 testing helps to rapidly identify patients who test positive. Anyone wishing to be tested can do so by completing the online assessment at www.testiowa.com and calling (712) 794-5835 to make an appointment. Test results can be expected in three to five days. Patients who test positive will be notified by phone and by email. Patients testing negative will be notified by email. Until patients receive test results, isolation is highly recommended especially if individuals are symptomatic.

Testing is also being conducted in Carroll County through appointments at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Manning Regional Healthcare Center, or McFarland Clinic. Contact your medical provider. For real-time numbers please watch the interactive map at www.coronavirus.iowa.gov/. These stats continually change as cases are confirmed.

o St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
o A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
o Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


 

Date: June 26, 2020 Carroll County Public Health Update  

Carroll County Public Health Update

 

As of Friday, June 26th, Carroll County COVID-19 results to date: 73 cases confirmed positive with one death. 54 cases are confirmed as recovered. Statewide: 282,013 tests have been administered and 27,555 tested positive. 17,140 individuals are listed as recovered with 701 deaths.

Given the critical importance of limiting COVID-19 exposure in assisted living facilities and nursing homes, decisions on relaxing restrictions are being made with great caution.  Factors to consider before reopening include:

  • Number of days since last positive or suspected case. 

  • Adequate staffing levels.

  • Adequate supply of personal protective equipment.

  • Ability of local hospitals to accept referrals/transfers. 

  • Capability to provide isolation if needed.

  • A downward trend in number of cases or the % positivity in the region.

  • Programs may use discretion to be more restrictive in areas, where deemed appropriate through internal policies.

As anxious as families are to reunite with their loved ones, it is important for everyone to remain patient and understand the process must be done in a thoughtful, safe manner. Each facility in our region may be on a different schedule for reopening.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll and St. Anthony Clinic in Denison continue to host TestIowa drive through testing. TestIowa COVID-19 testing helps to rapidly identify patients who test positive. Anyone wishing to be tested can do so by completing the online assessment at www.testiowa.com and calling (712) 794-5835 to make an appointment. Test results can be expected in three to five days. Patients who test positive will be notified by phone and by email. Patients testing negative will be notified by email.  Until patients receive test results, isolation is highly recommended especially if individuals are symptomatic.

Testing is also being conducted in Carroll County through appointments at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Manning Regional Healthcare Center, or McFarland Clinic. Contact your medical provider. For real-time numbers please watch the interactive map at www.coronavirus.iowa.gov/.  These stats continually change as cases are confirmed.

          • St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.

  • A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.


Date: June 24, 2020 Carroll County Public Health Update

 

Carroll County Public Health Update

 

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency requests your help to the stop the spread of false COVID-19 rumors by doing three easy things:

  1. Use trusted sources of information.

  2. Share information from trusted sources.

  3. Discourage others from sharing information from unverified sources.

To find trusted sources, look for information from official public health and safety authorities. You can find many official sources at coronavirus.gov. Check your state and local government or emergency management websites and social media accounts for trusted information specific to your area.

On social media, be sure to check for a blue verified badge next to the account name. This tells you it's an official account. Don’t re share posts from questionable sites or pages.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll and St. Anthony Clinic in Denison continue to host TestIowa drive through testing. TestIowa COVID-19 testing helps to rapidly identify patients who test positive. Anyone wishing to be tested can do so by completing the online assessment at www.testiowa.com and calling (712) 794-5835 to make an appointment. Test results can be expected in three to five days. Patients who test positive will be notified by phone and by email. Patients testing negative will be notified by email.  Until patients receive test results, isolation is highly recommended especially if individuals are symptomatic.

Testing is also being conducted in Carroll County through appointments at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Manning Regional Healthcare Center, or McFarland Clinic. Contact your medical provider. For real-time numbers please watch the interactive map at www.coronavirus.iowa.gov/.  These stats continually change as cases are confirmed.

 

          • St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.

  • A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

  • Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


Date June 22, 2020 Carroll County Public Health Update

Carroll County Public Health Update

 

According to the CDC, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Be mindful about how many people you will interact with, and whether they are social distancing or wearing cloth face coverings. Keep six feet of space between you and others. Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces where it might be harder to keep people apart and there’s less ventilation. Asymptomatic people still have the potential to transmit the virus to others.
Carroll County Public Health stresses the importance of everyday social distancing measures to stop the continued spread of this pandemic.

  1. Wash your hands often. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  2. Avoid close, prolonged contact with others outside of your home.

  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face mask when venturing out.

  4. Cover coughs and sneezes.

  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often.

  6. Monitor your health.

 

The current number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County is 70 with 18 listed as recovered.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll and St. Anthony Clinic in Denison continue to host TestIowa drive through testing. TestIowa COVID-19 testing helps to rapidly identify patients who test positive. Anyone wishing to be tested can do so by completing the online assessment at www.testiowa.com and calling (712) 794-5835 to make an appointment. Test results can be expected in three to five days. Patients who test positive will be notified by phone and by email. Patients testing negative will be notified by email.  Until patients receive test results, isolation is highly recommended especially if individuals are symptomatic.

Testing is also being conducted in Carroll County through appointments at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Manning Regional Healthcare Center, or McFarland Clinic. Contact your medical provider. For real-time numbers please watch the interactive map at www.coronavirus.iowa.gov/.  These stats continually change as cases are confirmed.

 

          • St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.

  • A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

  • Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


 
6/18/2020 9:30 am

Carroll County Public Health has been notified by the Iowa Department of Public Health of 6 additional positive COVID-19 cases bringing the county total to 63.


Date: June 17, 2020 Carroll County Public Health Update

Carroll County is following statewide trends showing that persons in the 18-40 age group are contracting COVID-19 at an exponentially higher rate followed by the 41-60 age group. Although Iowa has reopened businesses and organizations, it is important to be respectful and continue social distancing measures to stop the continued spread of this pandemic.

***Carroll County Public Health has been notified of 12 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total to 57 individuals in Carroll County. For real time statistics, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/. These stats change as cases are confirmed.***

Anyone wishing to be tested for COVID-19 through TestIowa can do so by completing the online assessment at www.testiowa.com and calling (712) 794-5835 to make an appointment. Test results can be expected in three to five days. Patients who test positive will be notified by phone and by email. Patients testing negative will be notified by email.

Until patients receive test results, isolation is highly recommended especially if individuals are symptomatic.
Carroll County Public Health begins investigation and contact tracing as soon as a confirmed positive case result is received. If positive, the individual will receive a phone call from a public health nurse. A series of questions will be asked which include identification of others who may have been exposed. Those individuals will then be notified of the exposure and will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.

Testing is also being conducted in Carroll County through appointments at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Manning Regional Healthcare Center, or McFarland Clinic. Contact your medical provider.

o St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
o A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
o Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


6-16-20

Data regarding COVID-19 for Carroll County can be found at any time by using the website coronavirus.iowa.gov. Please follow the photos below for a guide on how to find this information. Local data is shared every Friday in the 11 am update. This is shared once a week due to the vast amount of information and time needed to gather and compile the data.

**Carroll County Public Health has been notified of one additional case of COVID-19 bringing the confirmed county total to 4...4 positive COVID-19 cases. CCPH is aware that the map states 49. CCPH is working with IDPH to determine the difference in numbers. CCPH will post additional cases after they have been confirmed to CCPH by IDPH. This allows CCPH to ensure that the case belongs to Carroll County.** Identifying information such as age, race etc is distributed at a state wide level and is available on the state website. This information or the town is not given at a county level in order to protect patient privacy. Please continue to practice safety precautions. Stay well! (Photos can be found on Facebook.)


As of 12:45 pm on Sunday June 15, 2020 the Iowa Department of Public Health has notified Carroll County Public Health of an additional five positive cases of COVID-19. This brings the county total to 43. 

CCPH is aware that this differs from the map total of 47. CCPH will post numbers after they are confirmed to CCPH by IDPH to ensure accuracy of the county designated. CCPH encourages everyone to follow precautions.



June 13, 2020 Carroll County Public Health strongly recommends the use of masks in public. Carroll County has community spread of COVID-19. Community spread occurs when individuals have been infected with the virus in an area and cannot specifically identify the source of the infection, or do not know how or where they became infected. In community spread, you should assume the person next to you could possibly be infected and take proper precautions. Limit social gatherings. Stay home if ill. Have 1 person complete your shopping. Wash your hands. Do not touch your face. Cover coughs and sneezes. Practice social distancing. Wear a mask if you cannot maintain social distancing. Take precautions seriously.


As of 12:00 pm on Saturday, June 13, 2020 the Iowa Department of Public Health has notified Carroll County Public Health of an additional eight positive cases of COVID-19. This brings the county total to 38. CCPH encourages everyone to follow precautions. 

Watch this short video for reminders on how to stay healthy and prevent further spread of COVID-19. 
https://youtu.be/W-zhhSQDD1U


June 12, 2020 CCPH has been notified of 2 additonal cases of COVID-19. This brings the total to 30 as of 7:00 pm on 6/12/20. CCPH is aware the map currently says 33. CCPH has not been notified of the additional 3 cases at this time. CCPH announces additional cases once they are confirmed to CCPH by the Iowa Department of Public Health. This is why the posted number may be different from the map. Continue to follow CCPH for updates. Take precautions and stay safe and well!


6/12/2020 1:45 pm   Carroll County Public Health has been notified of eight additional cases of COVID-19. This brings the county total to 28. Case investigation and contact tracing has begun.

With increased testing we anticipate our numbers will rise. Please remember to use social distancing, wash your hands, do not touch your face, stay home if ill, and cover your coughs and sneezes. Wearing a mask is recommended when you cannot maintain social distance.



Date: June 12, 2020
 
Carroll County Public Health Update

As of Friday, June 12th, Carroll County COVID-19 results to date: 915 tests have been administered and 20 cases confirmed positive with one death. 14 cases are confirmed as recovered. Statewide: 212,827 tests have been administered and 23,166 tested positive. 14,054 individuals are listed as recovered with 641 deaths. For real-time numbers please continue to watch the map at www.coronavirus.iowa.gov/.  

St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll and St. Anthony Clinic in Denison partnered with TestIowa to begin drive through testing on June 10th. Anyone wishing to be tested can do so by completing the online assessment at www.testiowa.com and calling (712) 794-5835 to make an appointment. In the first three days of testing nearly 200 tests will be performed. Test results can be expected in three to five days. Patients who test positive will be notified by phone and by email. Patients testing negative will be notified by email.

As testing increases, the results will increase as well, both positive and negative. This is to be expected due to a higher number of individuals being tested.  TestIowa COVID-19 testing helps to rapidly identify patients who test positive. As the State of Iowa reopens most aspects of the economy, responsible social distancing is needed to stop the spread of COVID-19.  

St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available. 



6/11/2020 1:55 pm Carroll County Public Health has been notified of two additional cases of COVID-19. This brings the county total to 20. Case investigation and contact tracing has begun.



6/10/2020 Carroll County Public Health has been notified of an additional case of COVID-19. This brings the county total to 18. Case investigation and contact tracing has begun.


Date: June 10, 2020   

Carroll County Public Health Update

As of Wednesday, June 10th, there are 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County with 13 cases listed as recovered. 

St. Anthony Regional Hospital is now providing TestIowa coronavirus testing in Carroll and Denison to anyone who wants to be tested.

  1. Individuals who wish to get tested via TestIowa must first complete the online assessment at testiowa.com. For assistance to complete the online survey, call (712) 794-5835.

  2. Appointments for both St. Anthony drive-thru testing sites can be made by calling (712) 794-5835. You will be assigned an appointment time and given specific directions. Outside of typical business hours, voice mails may be left. Messages will be returned next business day.

  3. Test results are typically received in 48-72 hours. Positive test results will be reported to the patient by phone and email. Negative results will be reported to the patient by email. 

Patients needing a COVID-19 test prior to a surgical procedure, should arrange testing through their primary care provider.

We will continue to keep you updated on the new cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County. For real-time numbers please continue to watch the map at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/.   Contract tracing is completed prior to official updates from Carroll County Public Health.

  • For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

  • St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.

  • A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

  • Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


Date: June 8, 2020                                                      
Carroll County Public Health Update

As of Monday, June 8th, there are 17 confirmed cases of OVID-19 in Carroll County with 9 cases listed as recovered.

***In partnership with the State of Iowa, St. Anthony Regional Hospital will begin to provide Test Iowa coronavirus testing in Carroll and Denison on Wednesday, June 10th.  The testing will be on the St. Anthony Regional Hospital campus in Carroll and at the St. Anthony Clinic in Denison.***

“Providing testing for the people of west central Iowa gives us the opportunity to protect our families, friends and neighbors,” said Ed Smith, president and CEO, St. Anthony Regional Hospital.  “Protecting our region is our priority, which makes our partnership with the state so beneficial.”

Governor Kim Reynolds has announced that anyone that wants to receive a COVID-19 test can now get one.  Individuals who wish to get tested must first complete the online assessment at testiowa.com.

Appointments for the two St. Anthony drive-thru testing sites can be made by calling (712) 794-5835.

We will continue to keep you updated on the new cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County. For real-time numbers please continue to watch the map at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/.   Contract tracing is completed prior to official updates from Carroll County Public Health.

o   For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

o   St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.

o   A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

o   Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


June 7, 2020: Carroll County Public Health has been notified of an additional case of COVID-19. This brings the county total to 16. Case investigation and contact tracing has begun.


Date: June 5, 2020    Carroll County Public Health Update

Carroll County Department of Public Health today announced the first death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county.  The individual was 81 and older. 

“We wish to extend our sympathy to this individual’s family,” said Carroll County Public Health Director Nicole Schwering.  “Carroll County Public Health and all of our key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of this virus in our communities.”
  
As of Friday, June 5th, Carroll County COVID-19 results to date: 521 tests have been administered, 471 have returned as negative, 50 are pending, 15 confirmed cases, 1 death and 10 have recovered of COVID-19. For statewide case listing, please visit www.coronavirus.iowa.gov.

Testing continues in Carroll County at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Manning Regional Healthcare Center, and McFarland Clinic by appointment. Contact your medical provider.  Emergent messages will be issued as needed.

We will continue to keep you updated on the new cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County, for real-time numbers please continue to watch the map at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/.   Contract tracing is completed prior to official updates from Carroll County Public Health.

o   For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
o   St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
o   A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
o   Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.




Date June 4, 2020 Carroll County Public Health has been notified of an additional case of COVID-19. This brings the county total to 13. Case investigation and contact tracing has begun.



Date: June 3, 2020                       Carroll County Public Health Update

As we look forward to planning and attending weddings and graduation parties we may want to consider creative alternatives.  When planning the menu “keep it simple”, and consider having a server at buffet style events.   If possible move your party outdoors and take advantage of the fresh air and remember to give your guests adequate personal space.   Events held in public venues must follow the Governor’s proclamation.

Carroll County Public Health has some suggestions for a safe and enjoyable event:       

  • Encourage frequent hand washing and have hand sanitizer readily available and remember to use a tissue or your elbow to contain coughs or sneezes.

  • If you can maintain distance outside, masks aren’t necessarily needed. Use your best judgment.

  • Monitor alcohol consumption.

  • Be safe and have fun!

Testing continues in Carroll County through appointments at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Manning Regional Healthcare Center and McFarland Clinic.  Contact your medical provider.  If you do not have a medical provider, complete the assessment on the Test Iowa website https://www.testiowa.com/en or contact your local public health department. 

  • For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

  • St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.

  • A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

  • Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.



Date
: June 2, 2020               Carroll County Public Health Update

Carroll County Public Health has identified an additional case of COVID-19 in Carroll County, bringing the county’s total confirmed case count to twelve. Investigation and contact tracing has begun.

Carroll County Public Health will update the public when new cases are confirmed. For real time numbers please continue to watch the map at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/. You may notice discrepancies between the state map and public health announcements due to timing of real time updates to the map.

Testing continues in Carroll County through appointments at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Manning Regional Healthcare Center and McFarland Clinic. Contact your medical provider. If you do not have a medical provider, complete the assessment on the Test Iowa website https://www.testiowa.com/en or contact your local public health department.

o For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
o St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
o A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
o Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.



Date: June 1, 2020

Carroll County Public Health Update

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Carroll County Public Health have identified two additional cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the county’s total case count to eleven.

If you have delayed some of your routine health exams during this pandemic, you may now wish to schedule them and get back on track. Restrictions related to COVID-19 are easing in our region but public safety is still a great concern.

When you call to make an appointment with your medical provider, you’ll be asked if an in-person or telehealth visit is more appropriate. If an in-person visit is necessary, you can expect to see some changes when you arrive. At the entrance, staff will take your temperature and ask you a series of health screening questions. If you have a mask, wear it to your appointment. If you don’t have a mask, one will be supplied to you. In most cases, you’ll be taken directly to your exam room but if you have to wait, you’ll notice appropriate distancing between chairs.

Heightened cleaning protocols and sanitizing measures for exam rooms, waiting areas, restrooms, elevators, and other frequently touched areas have been implemented. You may also see Plexiglas shields in place at the reception desks, more hand sanitizer stations, and everyone wearing masks. All of these additional measures will help control the spread of infectious diseases.

Testing continues in Carroll County through appointments at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Manning Regional Healthcare Center, or McFarland Clinic. Contact your medical provider

• For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
• St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
• A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
• Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


May 29, 2020

Carroll County Public Health Update

Iowa Department of Public Health along with Carroll County Public Health began monitoring for COVID-19 on February 3rd following recommendations from the President’s Task Force on Coronavirus. Governor Kim Reynolds announced Iowa’s first three cases on March 8th. Carroll County received notice of its first positive case on March 12th.

As of Friday, May 29th, Carroll County COVID-19 results to date: 421 tests have been administered, 398 have returned as negative, 23 are pending, and 9 confirmed cases- 8 are now recovered. For statewide case listing, please visit www.coronavirus.iowa.gov.

Testing continues in Carroll County through appointments at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Manning Regional Healthcare Center, or McFarland Clinic. Contact your medical provider.

o For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
o St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
o A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
o Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


May 27,2020

Carroll County Public Health Update

Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency until June 25, 2020. The proclamation permits bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and social and fraternal clubs may reopen on May 28 with the same public health measures as restaurants in place.

The proclamation also permits the reopening on June 1 of additional establishments, including outdoor performance venues, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement parks, skating rinks, skate parks, outdoor playgrounds.

The proclamation again permits social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people if public health measures are implemented, including limiting attendance to 50 percent of the venue capacity and maintaining six feet of distance between those attending. This also allows practices, games, and competitions for youth and adult baseball, softball, and individual sports such as running, biking, swimming, tennis, and golf to resume with appropriate public health measures in place.

The proclamation extends regulatory relief to those affected by this public health emergency until June 25.

Follow this link for full details: https://governor.iowa.gov/…/gov-reynolds-signs-new-proclama…

Testing continues in Carroll County at clinics and the hospitals by appointment. Contact your medical provider. Emergent messages will be issued as needed.

o For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
o St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
o A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
o Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.



May 25, 2020

Carroll County Public Health Update

Additional Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Carroll County

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Carroll County Public Health have identified one additional case of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the county’s total case count to nine.

“We continue to remind residents to take preventive measures to slow the spread of this virus,” said Carroll County Public Health Director Nicole Schwering “It’s important for everyone to stay home as much as possible and to practice social distancing – this simply means to stay away from groups of people, to keep a 6-foot distance from other individuals, and wear a mask in public if unable to maintain appropriate distance.”

All residents are encouraged to:

* Stay home as much as possible. Leave only for essential errands like groceries or getting medication. When you run these errands, send only one person from the household, if possible.
* Stay home when even mildly ill (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities)
* Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm.
* Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.




Date: May 22, 2020
Carroll County Public Health Update

As of Friday, May 22, 2020, Carroll County COVID-19 results to date: 379 tests have been administered, 351 have returned as negative, 28 are pending, with 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 6 recovered. For statewide case listing, please visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

The Memorial Day holiday weekend traditionally consists of parades, ceremonies at cemeteries, and backyard barbeques. Although the pandemic has prevented us from gathering in large groups, we still can visit the graves of fallen soldiers and loved ones privately, in small groups. We also can invite friends and family to backyard barbeques in a safe manner. Carroll County Public Health Director, Nikki Schwering offers these helpful tips for a successful and safe gathering: 

• Encourage frequent hand washing and have hand sanitizer readily available. Don’t touch your face, and use a tissue or your elbow to contain coughs or sneezes. 
• Grilled food should be taken directly from the grill to a person’s plate, not to a big tray of food.
• Use safety precautions when serving salads and main dishes. (Keep cold foods cold, hot foods hot, don’t cross contaminate, keep all surfaces, utensils and platters clean when preparing food.) https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/handling-food-safely-while-eating-outdoors
• Different households can sit together – separately, to maintain physical distancing. 
• If you can maintain distance outside, masks aren’t necessarily needed. Use your best judgment.
• Alcoholic beverages can complicate things so keep an eye on consumption.
• Get rid of bottles and garbage quickly to minimize the risk of virus transmission. 
• Be safe and have fun!

Of course, if you feel uncertain about gathering with other households, you can always visit electronically or by phone. If you are in a high risk group or have a compromised immune system, continue to stay home. 

Carroll County Public Health updates will now be issued on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays except Monday, Memorial Day.  Emergent messages will be issued as needed. 

Testing continues in Carroll County at clinics and the hospital by appointment. Contact your medical provider.  

For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068. 
A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. 
Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


The Carroll County Public Health Facebook page is currently down and having technical difficulties.  CCPH is unable to respond to comments and the inbox on FB at this time. Please call 712 794 5400 with your questions. Also follow CCPH on Twitter at @ccphiowa and Instagram at carrollcountypublichealth. We apologize for any inconvenience.


 

Date: May 20, 2020                                               

Carroll County Public Health Update

As Iowa carefully reopens during this pandemic, it is important to stay up to date on vaccinations for infants and children for vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles and whooping cough. Nationwide, the limited movement outside the home resulted in fewer vaccine doses being administered to children, but now it’s time to catch up.

If your child has missed a well-child visit and/or recommended vaccines, contact your medical provider or the Carroll County Public Health office to schedule in person appointments. Stringent safety protocols have been implemented in their offices.

“Carroll County Public Health has moved to private vaccine appointments instead of our usual public walk-in clinics to ensure physical distancing,” said Sara Schulte, BSN, RN, Public Health Nurse. “Call for an appointment at (712) 794-5408. Much of the information that we discuss about the vaccines can be done over the phone before you arrive.”

Carroll County Public Health updates will now be issued on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.  Emergent messages will be issued as needed.

Testing continues in Carroll County at clinics and the hospital by appointment. Contact your medical provider. 

  • For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

  • St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.

  • A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

  • Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


May 19, 2020      Carroll County Public Health Update

Iowans are being asked by Gov. Kim Reynolds and public health officials to be patient as changes are made to Covid-19 website. Due to the fluid nature of the number of cases that emerge, the new cloud based software will update the case map as they occur. 

Mass testing is currently being performed by TestIowa. You will notice that the state has revised the case count for Carroll County and has reassigned cases to other counties based on investigation results. The current number for Carroll County has been corrected and is at 7 cases.

When new cases are discovered, the Iowa Department of Public Health notifies local public health departments to begin case investigations to confirm county of residence and home address. During investigation, local public health staff can verify if the case is recorded correctly. Case numbers will change throughout the day when duplicate patients, wrong county, wrong address, or missing addresses are discovered during the local investigations. The online stats will refresh as cases are entered or edited.

Testing continues in Carroll County at clinics and the hospital by appointment. Contact your medical provider. 

o   For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
o   St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
o   A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
o   Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.



Date: May 18, 2020                                     

Carroll County Public Health Update

On Monday, May 18th, the state reported the 9th positive case of COVID-19 in Carroll County. Positive cases by age groups, sex, race and ethnicity are reported on a statewide aggregate chart located at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/case-counts. Due to privacy concerns this data is no longer published for individual counties.

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation to permit salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place which began on Friday, May 15th. It also permits restaurants (but not bars), fitness centers, libraries, and race tracks to reopen in the 22 counties (including Carroll County) where they had remained closed.

The proclamation continues the other ongoing closures and public health measures, including the prohibition on social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people, until May 27, 2020.

It also strongly encourages all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, in all counties of the state to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose

If you choose to participate in any reopening of a business, please continue to make prevention a priority. These actions include:

  • Practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible

  • If you must go out in public, wear a cloth face covering. Visit this link for how to correctly wear a mask: https://youtu.be/tRaYGsuaX44

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.

  • Stay home when ill.

  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and countertops with effective cleaner.

Collection for testing continues in Carroll County at clinics and the hospitals by appointment. Contact your medical provider. 

  • For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

  • St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.

  • A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

  • Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


Date: May 15, 2020 
Carroll County Public Health Update

The City of Carroll is a regional employer, shopping destination, and major health care provider destination. According to a past study by the City of Carroll, the population of the city roughly doubles in size during the day between workers coming to town, shoppers, medical and hospital visits, and drive through traffic. Being a regional economic engine is important to Carroll. 

Recently, we are seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases in surrounding counties so this is a good reminder to continue to make virus prevention a priority for ourselves and others. 

These actions include:
• Practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible
• If you must go out in public, wear a cloth face covering. Visit this link for how to correctly wear a mask: https://youtu.be/tRaYGsuaX44
• Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.
• Stay home when ill.
• Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and countertops in homes and businesses with effective cleaner.

As of Friday, May 15, 2020, Carroll County results to date: 312 tests have been administered, 296 have returned as negative, 16 are pending, with 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 5 recovered.

Statewide, 93,556 individuals have been tested with 14,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 6,561 cases recovered. 336 individuals have passed away.  It is worth noting that the case numbers on the statewide map are based the county where the individual lives, not where they were tested.

Collection for testing continues in Carroll County at clinics and the hospitals by appointment. Contact your medical provider.  

o For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
o St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068. 
o A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. 
o Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


 Date: May 14, 2020                 Time:  11:00 am                       

Carroll County Public Health Update

***Carroll County Public Health has identified one additional case of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the county’s total case count to eight. Investigation has begun on this case. As part of Carroll County Public Health’s contact tracing investigation, if you have been in direct contact with a positive case you will be contacted by CCPH.***

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs. Smoking impairs lung function making it harder for the body to fight off coronaviruses and other diseases. Tobacco is also a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes which put people with these conditions at higher risk for developing severe illness when affected by COVID-19. 

The World Health Organization is constantly evaluating new research, including research that examines the link between tobacco use, nicotine use, and COVID-19. A review of studies by public health experts found that smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19, compared to non-smokers.

If ever there was a time to quit smoking, this is it. For more information or to find help to quit smoking, you can always contact your medical provider or visit the Iowa Department of Public Health (QuitLineIowa) https://dhs.iowa.gov/ime/providers/csrp/SmokingCessation to read more about smoking cessation programs available to help you quit the habit. 

Collection for testing continues in Carroll County at clinics and St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Manning Regional HealthCare center by appointment. Contact your medical provider. 
 
o For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
o St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068. 
o A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. 
o Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


May 13, 2020 Time: NOON

Carroll County Public Health Update

At 11am on Wednesday, May 13, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced during the daily press briefing that additional businesses and organizations may reopen across the state in a safe and responsible manner following social distancing measures previously relayed. Reopening guidance will be available at: https://governor.iowa.gov/ and at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Iss…/Novel-Coronavirus.

If you choose to participate in any reopening of a businesses and organizations, please continue to make prevention a priority.

Approximately 80 percent of Iowans infected with COVID-19 will experience only mild to moderate illnesses. Most mildly ill Iowans may not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm that they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house until:
• You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
AND
• Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
AND
• At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

If you think that you may need to visit a healthcare provider, call first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home. There may also be options for you to talk to a medical provider from home using telehealth.

Collection for COVID-19 testing continues in Carroll County at clinics, St. Anthony Regional Hospital, and Manning Regional HealthCare Center by appointment. Contact your medical provider.

o For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
o St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
o A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
o Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


Date: May 13, 2020

Additional Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Carroll County

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Carroll County Public Health have identified one additional case of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the county’s total case count to seven.

“We continue to remind residents to take preventive measures to slow the spread of this virus,” said Carroll County Public Health Director Nicole Schwering “It’s important for everyone to stay home as much as possible and to practice social distancing – this simply means to stay away from groups of people, to keep a 6-foot distance from other individuals, and wear a mask in public if unable to maintain appropriate distance.”

All residents are encouraged to:
o Stay home as much as possible. Leave only for essential errands like groceries or getting medication. When you run these errands, send only one person from the household, if possible.
o Stay home when even mildly ill (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities)
o Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm.
o Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

The daily Carroll County update will be released after the governor’s press conference held today at 11:00.

 

 



Date: May 12, 2020

Carroll County Public Health Update

Convalescent plasma collected from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 may contain a potentially rich source of antibodies to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Transfer of plasma from these recovered patients should neutralize the virus in current patients, preventing further replication and halting ongoing tissue damage. This approach is predicted to work best in patients with less severe infection, earlier in the disease course, or prophylactically in highly susceptible individuals such as exposed health care workers or family caregivers of COVID-19 patients.

Although promising, convalescent plasma is experimental and has been approved in clinical trials at select facilities throughout the country which includes St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll. So far, the results for the patients who received convalescent plasma are very encouraging.
Recovered COVID-19 patients may contact plasma or blood collection services to request additional information for how they can donate their blood plasma. Potential donors must meet standard blood donor eligibility requirements. Blood center sites for plasma are being established almost daily and information is rapidly evolving.

Visit: https://www.lifeservebloodcenter.org/…/recovered-covid-19-…/
Collection for COVID-19 testing continues in Carroll County at clinics, St. Anthony Regional Hospital, and Manning Regional HealthCare Center by appointment. Contact your medical provider.
o For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
o St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
o A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
o Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.



Date: May 11, 2020                           

Carroll County Public Health Update

Some businesses and organizations have reopened in parts of Iowa and in Carroll. Increased cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection frequencies for all areas of the establishment, especially high-contact surfaces such as door handles, tables, chairs, and restroom fixtures have been recommended to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

As people, despite the best laid plans, missteps occur. For success, we must take responsibility for our own health and our own actions. Did you remember to use hand sanitizer? Did you accidentally step inside of someone’s 6 foot distancing area? It is important to understand and accept that mistakes will occur. We can mitigate the chance of virus spread if all of us continue to step up our virus protection measures. Protect yourself from your own and others’ missteps. Wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, wear cloth masks in public, and wipe down surfaces of your grocery carts, handles etc.

Testing continues in Carroll County at clinics and St. Anthony Regional Hospital by appointment. Contact your medical provider. 

  • For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

  • St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.

  • A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

  • Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.



Date: May 8, 2020 
 
Carroll County Public Health Update

As of 11:00 am on Friday, May 8, 2020, Carroll County results to date: 251 tests have been administered, 229 have returned as negative, 22 are pending, with 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 3 recovered. 

Statewide, 70,261 individuals have been tested with 11,457 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 4,685 cases recovered. 243 individuals have passed away.

It has been announced that a Test Iowa COVID-19 drive-through testing site will begin operation at Denison Middle School parking lot beginning tomorrow, May 9th. This site will be open to people who have been pre-approved for testing after having taken the online assessment at www.TestIowa.com. 

This drive-through site is in response to an initiative launched by Gov. Kim Reynolds that encouraged Iowans to complete a novel coronavirus screening survey. Based on those results, up to 3,000 tests will be administered each day at a handful of sites throughout the state, including Denison. The test site is only open to those with appointments. 

Testing continues in Carroll County at clinics and the hospital by appointment. Contact your medical provider.  

o For up-to-date information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
o St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s Covid-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068. 
o A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. 
o Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.



Date: May 7, 2020

Carroll County Public Health Update

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Carroll County Public Health have identified one additional case of COVID-19 in the county, a patient aged 61-80, bringing the county count to 6.

As Governor Kim Reynolds gradually lifts restrictions in other parts of the state, it is important to note that you must remain vigilant and continue to practice physical distancing and the prescribed hygiene measures including wearing a cloth mask in public. Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Limit close contact with others outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to continue to stay away from others when possible, even if you—or they—have no symptoms. Physical distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov also follow and like Carroll County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health on Facebook.

o For information about novel coronavirus, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov
o St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s COVID-19 information phone line for Carroll County residents to call with questions is (712) 794-5068.
o A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24 hours a day by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.
o Non English speakers in Iowa may call 1-877-558-2609, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm but may leave a voice message outside of these hours. 19 languages are available.


Past Announcements from the Public Health Department can be found on the Public Health Website Archive of Covid-19 Announcements


Please check Carroll County Public Health's Facebook page (Carroll County Public Health) for regular COVID-19 updates and other health information. Additional Carroll County Public Health social media sites include Twitter (@ccphiowa) and Instgram (carrollcountypublichealth).

Carroll County Offices are closing for an undetermined period of time.  Please contact individual departments by phone to ask questions. Take advantage of Mail, Email, Online access and phone to do your business with the County.  This includes all county offices in the Courthouse, Paul S. Fricke Building, Ambulance, Conservation, and Engineer.

Visitation at the Carroll County Jail
will be suspended until further notice. 3-16-20 Sheriff Pingrey 712-792-4394

The Sheriff Department will not be able to obtain or renew their permits to carry. This office will be making allocations to extend your renewal date period if your permit is set to expire while this closure is in effect.  We will not be allowing the public to come in for fingerprinting.  We will also be suspending our free weapon's permit classes until further notice. 712-792-4393

The Carroll County Recycling Center is Closing to the public. 712-792-5001

Passport Agency in Carroll County will suspend onsite Passport Services until further notice.  Passport agencies in neighboring Counties may still be taking appointments.  Please find the contact information for these facilities on the US Department of State website or call 712-830-1018 for more information and options.   www.travel.state.gov 

ElectionsDue to closure of the courthouse the following procedures will need to be followed to meet required deadlines:
ndash; those wishing to file nomination papers for county offices (Sheriff/Auditor/Supervisor Districts 1, 3, 5) need to file by March 25th.
-those wishing to file nomination papers for township trustee or Soil Water Commissioners need to file by March 20th
-Candidates need to call our office at 712-792-9802 to make arrangements to drop off their paperwork
-Local Authorities wishing to file their budgets with the Auditor’s office will need to call our office to make arrangements to drop off or mail


Treasurer:

At this time, all business with the treasurer’s office will be conducted through the mail (Carroll County Treasurer, PO Box 68, Carroll, Iowa 51401), online at https://www.iowatreasurers.org, or by using the county drop box at the bottom of the steps on the north side of the courthouse.

Property Taxes: Property taxes may be paid online, by mail, or by using the courthouse drop box.  Please include your phone number with your payment in case we need to contact you.  If you would like a receipt, you will need to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.

All tax deadlines remain in effect.  Taxes are due March 31 and delinquent on April 1.  However, due to the most recent proclamation issued by Governor Reynolds, penalty will be waived on March tax payments made on or before June 25th.  Payments postmarked after June 25th, paid online after June 25th, or dropped in the drop box after June 25th will be subject to penalty.

This is subject to change with the extension of Governor Reynolds' proclamation.


DRIVER'S LICENSES

Please go to https://iowadot.gov/covid-19/Public-Response for current updates and complete information.

ARE DRIVER’S LICENSE SERVICE CENTERS OPEN?

Iowa DOT operated service centers, except Davenport are currently open by appointment only . Walk-in customers will not be served. To maintain proper social distancing recommendations and adjust to the evolving situation we are only releasing appointment times for the next 14 days. We suggest that you use our online service selector tool to determine if there are other ways you might be able to receive service. If you must make an appointment and one is not available, we encourage you to check back often.

The Davenport driver’s license service center currently closed until May 19 because an employee tested positive for COVID-19. This closure will allow time for thorough cleaning and for our staff to self-isolate.

Customers who do not have access to the internet or English is not their primary language may call 515-244-8725 to set up an appointment at their preferred location.

Please note that driver’s license and ID services are also conducted at county treasurer’s offices. Many locations are closed or are not conducting business as usual. It is suggested that you contact the location you plan to visit before making the trip.

 

 

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

To maintain proper social distancing recommendations and adjust to the evolving situation we are only releasing appointment times for the next 14 days. We suggest that you use our online service selector tool to make an appointment or determine if there are other ways you might be able to receive service. If you must make an appointment and one is not available, we encourage you to check back often.

All customers entering a DOT service center 
will be asked a series of questions to evaluate their risk of exposure to COVID-19 and exposure to others being served. If it is determined that there may be a heightened risk for the customer to be served, they will be asked to delay services to a later date.

 

ARE YOU OFFERING DRIVE TESTS AT THIS TIME?

Drive tests for Commercial Driver’s Licenses and motorcycles are currently being conducted and non-commercial drive tests will be offered beginning May 18. All drive tests are being conducted by appointment only. Walk-in customers will not be served. To maintain proper social distancing recommendations and adjust to the evolving situation we are only releasing appointment times for the next 14 days. (We will begin accepting appointments for non-commercial drive tests on May 4). We suggest that you use our online service selector tool and choose “testing” from the drop down menu to walk you through the steps on how to receive service and make an appointment. If you must make an appointment and one is not available, we encourage you to check back often.

For drive tests involving staff entering vehicles, customers must pass screening questions to determine their potential exposure to COVID-19, bring and wear their own mask (homemade cloth masks are fine), have a clean automobile that is safe for our staff to enter, understand that we might wipe down touchpoints such as door handles with sanitizing wipes. Please note that commercial drive tests may be conducted without staff entering the vehicles. Iowa DOT staff will wear appropriate PPE as they are conducting drive tests.

 

HOW CAN MY TEEN GET THEIR PERMIT?

Teens getting their driver’s instruction permit now have the option to take the web-knowledge test that is required to obtain the permit at home. Their parent will need to apply to administer the test and the student will need to have an electronic device connected to the internet. After the teen passes the knowledge they will still need to make an appointment to come into a facility to be issued their permit. Please note that to maintain proper social distancing recommendations and adjust to the evolving situation we are only releasing appointment times for the next 14 days, so it may take a little bit to get into a service center. If you cannot get an appointment immediately, we encourage you to check back often. You can find more information on the Skip the Trip program here.

HOW CAN MY TEEN MOVE FROM A PERMIT TO AN INTERMEDIATE LICENSE OR FROM AN INTERMEDIATE TO A FULL LICENSE DURING THIS TIME?

Teens in Iowa moving from a learner’s permit to an intermediate driver’s license or from an intermediate to a full driver’s license now have an option to receive those cards remotely without having to come into an Iowa DOT driver’s service center. A parent must complete the remote consent form online. Once a completed form is received, Iowa DOT staff will contact the family to answer some questions and complete the process over the phone. The child will receive their license in the mail, just as they would have done if the family had come into a service center.
If you chose to come into a service center, you must make an appointment. We will not accept walk ins at this time. Please note that to maintain proper social distancing recommendations and adjust to the evolving situation we are only releasing appointment times for the next 14 days, so it may take a little bit to get into a service center. If you cannot get an appointment immediately, we encourage you to check back often.

 

I NEED TO GET A REAL ID GOLD STAR ON MY LICENSE. CAN I DO THAT AT THIS TIME?

The deadline for REAL ID enforcement has been moved back to Oct. 1, 2021, in addition TSA has announced that they temporarily will accept expired driver’s licenses as proof of identity in order to fly. Therefore, we suggest that you wait to come into a service center if you are wanting to get a REAL ID only. However, if you have other services you also need to receive at the time you will need to make an appointment, we will not accept walk ins at this time. We suggest that you use our online service selector tool to make an appointment or determine if there are other ways you might be able to receive service.



DRIVER'S EDUCATION

WHAT IF MY CHILD NEEDS TO START DRIVER’S EDUCATION, BUT HAS NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO RECEIVE THEIR INSTRUCTION PERMIT?

We are temporarily waiving the requirement that a student possess a valid instruction permit prior to beginning a driver’s education course. If a student has taken and passed the instructional permit knowledge test, through our Skip the Trip at Home program, they can begin the classroom portion of driver’s education. However, no behind-the-wheel instruction can be conducted without first obtaining an instruction permit.  Prior to beginning the classroom course, the driver’s education instructor will verify that the student passed the knowledge test, which can be done by providing the emailed test results a student receives after successfully completing the Skip the Trip permit knowledge test at home. This waiver will end 90 days after the end of the Governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which would currently be Aug. 25, 2020.

Each school and private driver’s education company is responding to COVID-19 in their own way, including offering virtual classroom instruction, so please contact your school to discuss driver’s education options.

 

IF I’M A PARENT CAN I TEACH MY CHILD DRIVER’S EDUCATION AT HOME?

Iowa law specifies that parent-taught driver’s education is only available for parents who have homeschooled their children during the previous year through the present year (Iowa Code section 321.178A). To be eligible for the parent-taught driver’s education program, the teaching parent must be providing competent private instruction pursuant to Iowa Code sections 299A.2 or 299A.3, which does not include taking classes or learning online through accredited public or private school programs.

If you are seeking options for your child to obtain driver’s education during COVID-19 school closures, we encourage you to contact your school district, or a nearby private driver's education provider to discuss the options available during this time.



CDL HOLDERS

DOES THE WAIVER OF DRIVER’S LICENSE EXPIRATION APPLY TO MY COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE OR COMMERCIAL LEARNER’S PERMIT?

Yes. Governor Reynold’s emergency proclamation provides that for ANY driver’s license expiring January 16, 2020 or later, the expiration date will not be enforced during this declared disaster. If your commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP) expired on January 16, 2020 or later, you can continue to operate validly in Iowa.

Additionally, if your CDL or CLP expired on March 1, 2020 or later, your expired license will also be considered valid if you are driving out-of-state, in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidance.

MY CDL MEDICAL CERTIFICATE HAS EXPIRED OR WILL EXPIRE SOON – WHAT CAN I DO?

Customers who are currently required to provide the DOT with an unexpired medical examiner’s certificate will not have their CDL downgraded if their medical certificate expired on March 1, 2020 or later through the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. In other words, if you currently hold a CDL or CLP, and our medical certificate or medial variance expires during this time, you may continue to operate validly in your current license class through Jun. 30, 2020. This in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidance.

School bus drivers should check with their school’s administration for any school-related medical certification requirements during this time.

Find additional guidance on CDL’s from FMCSA here.

I NEED TO RENEW MY TSA THREAT ASSESSMENT FOR MY CDL HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ENDORSEMENT (HME). HAVE ANY REQUIREMENTS CHANGED?

Yes. A driver whose Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) expires between March 1, 2020 and the end of the declared disaster will be allowed a 180-day extension of their endorsement. This means that you may continue to operate validly under the provisions of the endorsement for an additional 180 days after the expiration of your current HME without having to complete a TSA security threat assessment. However, 60 days before your 180-day extension ends, you must initiate the renewal process of your threat assessment.

For example, if you hold a CDL with a Hazardous Material Endorsement, and your TSA threat assessment expires on April 15, 2020, the HME will now be considered valid until October 12, 2020, and you must initiate renewal of your security threat assessment no later than August 13, 2020. Due to the evolving public health situation and circumstances, some enrollment centers may close for a period of time to ensure the safety, health and wellness of staff and the public. Applicants planning to visit an enrollment center should use the “Find an Enrollment Center” feature to determine if the center is open, its hours of operation, and if appointments are required. Note: this exemption does not apply to CDL holders seeking to obtain a new HME.

If your CDL expires January 16, 2020 or later, you can continue to operate validly in Iowa, pursuant to Governor Reynold’s emergency proclamation (see above). Upon the end of the declared disaster, you will be required to take the Hazardous Materials knowledge test and have a valid security threat assessment, as usual, to renew your CDL with HME.

Find additional information here.

HOW DO I GET A RESTRICTED CDL FOR THE MOVEMENT OF AGRICULTURAL GOODS DURING THIS TIME?

 

Restricted CDLs issued to eligible suppliers or employees of suppliers of agricultural chemicals, fertilizer, seed or animal feeds can be obtained remotely during this emergency period. If you are in need of a restricted CDL please contact our CDL Program administrators at [email protected]. Please provide:

·         The driver’s license number

·         Duration of the first restricted CDL period of validity (60-90-180 days)

·         The intended restricted CDL start date.

·         If you’ve have had a restricted CDL before:

·         Is there a Driver Self-Certification on file? If not then complete and send the form to [email protected]  or [email protected]

·         If you are a nonexcepted interstate driver you need to provide DOT a valid medical certificate to [email protected]. Find more information here

·         Phone number for follow up and payment information. We can process payments via credit or debit card.

Find more information on restricted CDLs here

 

VEHICLE REGISTRATION, LICENSE PLATES, AND TITLES

Please go to https://iowadot.gov/covid-19/Public-Response for current updates and complete information.

IS THERE A PLACE TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT HOW I CAN RECEIVE MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICES DURING THIS TIME?

Yes, please go to https://iowadot.gov/mvd/vmcs-services for information about your options for receiving motor vehicle related services.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY VEHICLE REGISTRATION OR LICENSE PLATES ARE EXPIRED?

If your registration was due on Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31 or Apr. 30, you are not required to renew at this time and will not be assessed any penalty for failing to renew. Your new expiration date will be considered May 31 and you will have a grace period for the month of June. If you do not pay your registration on Jun. 30 or before you will begin accruing late penalties, beginning Jul. 1. You will not be assessed late penalties for the months of Feb. , Mar., Apr. or May.

If your registration was due Dec. 31, 2019 or before your registration is not covered by the emergency waiver. You will accrue penalties as normal, throughout the emergency period.

Please note, you can renew your vehicle registration on-line by following the instructions on your renewal notice. While most county treasurer’s offices are not open for in-person business, many are accepting and processing renewals sent by mail and in some cases delivered through drop boxes. Certain offices may also accept payment by phone. Your registration sticker will be mailed to you. Please contact your local county treasurer’s office to ask about options.

WHAT DO I DO ABOUT A TITLE AND REGISTRATION IF I RECENTLY PURCHASED A VEHICLE OR TRANSFERRED TO A NEW OWNER?

If you purchased, transferred, or brought a vehicle into the state, including CMVs subject to apportioned registration on or after Feb. 16, 2020, you do not need to apply for a title and registration within 30 days.

If the purchase or transfer occurred between Feb. 16 and Mar. 15, 2020 please check here to determine your deadline to apply for a title and registration and when late penalties will begin to be assessed.

If the purchase or transfer occurred on or after Mar. 16 your new deadline to apply for a title and registration is June 29.

We also recognize that you or the dealer may be waiting for title documents from other states that have suspended operations.

Title and registration transactions are done through your local county treasurer’s office. Most county treasurer’s offices are closed for in-person visits. However, if you have all of your necessary transfer documents, most county treasurer’s offices are accepting and processing applications sent by mail and in some cases delivered through drop boxes. Your title, standard license plates, and registration sticker will be mailed to you. Please contact your local county treasurer’s office to ask for options. 

DO I STILL NEED TO OBTAIN A SALVAGE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE FOR A WRECKED OR SALVAGE VEHICLE WITHIN 30 DAYS?

Vehicle rebuilders; persons engaged in the business of buying, selling, or exchanging vehicles of a type required to be registered in the state; or insurers are not required to obtain a salvage certificate of title within 30 days, during the disaster emergency in Iowa, which currently extends to May 27.

Title and registration transactions are done through your local county treasurer’s office. Most county treasurer’s offices are closed for in-person visits. However, if you have all of your necessary transfer documents, most county treasurer’s offices are accepting and processing applications sent by mail and in some cases delivered through drop boxes. Your title, standard license plates, and registration sticker will be mailed to you. Please contact your local county treasurer’s office to ask for options. 

DO I NEED TO OBTAIN LICENSE PLATES IF I PURCHASE A VEHICLE FROM A DEALER?

If you purchased a vehicle from a dealer on or after Feb. 1 and obtained a temporary license plate, you may continue to use the temporary plates past the 45-day issuance period.

If you obtained the temporary license plate from a dealer between Feb. 1 and Mar. 15 please check here to determine when you need to switch to permanent plates.

If you obtained the temporary license plate on or after Mar. 16 you will need to affix permanent plates by July 13.

We also recognize that you or the dealer may be waiting for title documents from other states that have suspended operations.

Most county treasurer’s offices are closed for in-person visits. However, if you or the dealer have all of your necessary transfer documents, most county treasurer’s offices are accepting and processing applications sent by mail and in some cases delivered through drop boxes. Your title, permanent license plates and registration sticker will be mailed to you. Please contact your local county treasurer’s office to ask about options.

 

 

MAY I STILL PURCHASE SPECIALTY OR PERSONALIZED LICENSE PLATES?

The Iowa DOT is still accepting applications for personalized and specialty plates submitted on-line, as well as by mail and in our drop box at 6310 SE Convenience Blvd in Ankeny.  If your chosen personalization is available and approved, your plates will be manufactured and delivered to the county treasurer's office in the county where you live. You will be notified when the plates are ready. Please reach out to your local county treasurer’s office to check availability and when pick up will be available.  



PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES PARKING PRODUCTS

HOW DO I GET A PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES PARKING PERMIT?

There are three different parking products offered to persons with disabilities:

·         Designated license plates

·         Removable windshield placards

·         License plate stickers

 

Persons with disabilities license plates can be ordered online and will be available at your local county treasurer’s office. While most county treasurer’s offices are not open for in-person business, they are accepting and processing requests. Please contact your local county treasurer’s office to ask about options for receiving the license plates.

 

Removable windshield placards or license plate stickers are typically available from our service center at 6310 SE Convenience Blvd. in Ankeny. For the protection of the health and safety of our staff and customers we will only be accepting requests for persons with disabilities placards or license plate stickers via mail or email. Please complete the Persons with Disabilities Parking Permit Application and mail it the to the Iowa DOT 6310 SE Convenience Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50021 or email to [email protected].

 

 

For complete information go to https://iowadot.gov/covid-19/Public-Response

 



Real ID Enforcement Date Extended:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of Public Affairs


Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

“Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days.

 

“The federal, state and local response to the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline. Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to remove any impediments to response and recovery efforts. States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes.

 

“Protecting both the health and national security of the American people continues to be the top priority for the President of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security.rdquo;


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