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11/12/2021

COVID-19 update for 11/6/2021-11/12/2021. There are 19 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 4 are in the 0-17 age range, 5 are in the 18-40 age range, 8 are in the 41-60 age range and 2 are in the 61-80 age group. Since July 1, 2021, 80% of our cases have been in unvaccinated residents.

We are deeply saddened to report our 38th COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual's family and loved ones. We cannot release any information on this individual, other than they were in the 61-80 age range.

11/05/2021

COVID-19 update for 10/30/2021-11/5/2021. This week's numbers are inflated due to a small backlog of cases that were delayed in their reporting due to system refreshing updates.
There are 44 new cases to report. 7 are in the 0-17 age range, 19 are in the 18-40 age range, 9 are in the 41-60 age range, 8 are in the 61-80 age range and 1 is in the 81 and over age range.
80% of our cases since July 1, 2021 have been in unvaccinated residents.

IDPH Media ReleaseFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Sarah Ekstrandsarah.ekstrand@idph.iowa.gov The Centers for Disease Contr...
11/03/2021
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IDPH Media Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sarah Ekstrand
[email protected]
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced last evening that, effective immediately, they recommend the Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series for everyone ages 5 years and older, under Emergency Use Authorization. COVID-19 vaccines may be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) estimates there are approximately 284,000 Iowans in this age group.
Over 26,000 of the state’s initial 99,000 allocated pediatric doses are in the state currently, with the remaining doses to arrive in the coming days. If vaccines are not immediately available in all Iowa communities, please remain patient as providers wait for their supply. CDC has assured states that pediatric vaccine supply is adequate, and states are able to order more doses when needed.
Most of these pediatric vaccines will be administered in pediatric clinics, family medical clinics, Federally qualified health centers and rural health centers. Families should call their children’s vaccine provider (pediatrician, family medical clinic or local public health) to inquire about scheduling an appointment to have their children vaccinated. Pharmacies throughout the state are also administering the vaccine. Iowans with questions about the Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine should speak with their child’s healthcare provider.
IDPH also announces today the first influenza-related death confirmed as occurring during the 2021-22 influenza season: an elderly woman (81 years and over) from central Iowa with underlying conditions. The current flu season began on October 3, 2021.
Thus far, flu activity in Iowa remains low. The CDC recommends that essentially everyone over 6 months of age receive the flu vaccine. It takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to achieve full benefit against the flu virus.
“Though different in nature, these two announcements highlight how important it is that Iowa families take advantage of one of the most critical public health tools we have - vaccines. Both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from these viruses. Getting vaccinated for both influenza and COVID-19 can help preserve health care resources for other needs, including illnesses, injuries and emergencies,” said IDPH interim Director Kelly Garcia. “As we approach the holidays and winter months, I urge Iowans to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy by choosing to get vaccinated.”
Find a vaccine provider here: vaccinateiowa.gov or https://www.vaccines.gov/.
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Vaccines.gov helps you find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.

11/03/2021

We are deeply saddened to report our 37th COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual's family and loved ones. We cannot release any information on this individual, other than they were in the 41-60 age range.

11/01/2021
Congenital syphilis cases accelerating in Iowa:The upward trend of congenital syphilis cases has continued in Iowa. So f...
11/01/2021
CDC - STD Treatment

Congenital syphilis cases accelerating in Iowa:

The upward trend of congenital syphilis cases has continued in Iowa. So far in 2021, nine cases have met the case definition for congenital syphilis. This equals the number of cases for the past 12 years combined. Several cases have involved persons who were not able to access prenatal care until later pregnancy or did not have adequate time to complete the CDC recommended treatment regimen prior to delivery.

Congenital syphilis is a serious condition in which a pregnant person passes the infection on to their fetus or newborn. Some cases result in stillbirth or neonatal death. It can be averted if
pregnant persons are diagnosed and treated early. All pregnant persons should be tested for syphilis in their first trimester at their first prenatal visit. Repeat testing at 28-32 weeks gestation is often advantageous as it can detect infection acquired during pregnancy. If pregnant persons present late for prenatal care, they should immediately be tested for syphilis. For those who have confirmed positive test results, treatment should begin immediately.
For questions regarding interpretation of syphilis serology tests or recommended treatment regimens, reach out to the Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) assigned to your region or to
George Walton, STD Program Manager at (515) 240-1143.
For more information about congenital syphilis, visit
www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/stdfact-congenital-syphilis.htm.
For complete STI treatment guidelines, visit www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/default.htm.

Treatment guidelines for sexually transmitted diseases from CDC's Division of STD Prevention

11/01/2021

We are deeply saddened to report our 36th COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual's family and loved ones. We cannot release any information on this individual, other than they were in the 61-80 age range.

10/29/2021

COVID-19 case update 10-23-2021 thru 10-29-2021. There were 12 new cases reported in Monroe County. 1 is in the 0-17 age range, 5 are in the 18-40 age range, 2 are in the 41-60 age range, 3 are in the 61-80 and 1 is in the 81 and over age range.

82% of our cases since July 1st have been in unvaccinated individuals.

We are deeply saddened to report our 35th COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual's family and loved ones. We cannot release any information on this individual, other than they were in the 81 and over age range.

Photos from Monroe County Hospital & Clinics's post
10/26/2021

Photos from Monroe County Hospital & Clinics's post

10/26/2021

IDPH Media Release

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has approved the use of booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer booster doses were approved for use last month. Additionally, the CDC’s recommendations now allow for “mix and match” dosing for booster doses only. These approvals and recommendations are effective immediately.
Moderna Booster
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
• People 65 years and older
• People 18 years and older who reside in long-term care settings
• People aged 18 years and older with underlying medical conditions
• People aged 18 years and older who work or live in high-risk settings

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Booster
Anyone aged ≥18 years who received a single dose Johnson & Johnson primary series (1 dose) can receive a COVID-19 booster dose at least 2 months after completing the primary series.
• J&J vaccine does not have eligibility criteria for the booster dose.
Mix and Match Use
Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines to allow for the use of each of the available COVID-19 vaccines as a heterologous (or “mix and match”) booster dose in eligible individuals following completion of primary vaccination with a different available COVID-19 vaccine. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. Mix and match dosing may be considered for the booster dose only.
Iowans with questions about which booster dose is right for them should consult with their health care provider. The vaccine is the best tool we have to keep ourselves and our families healthy and to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death from the COVID-19 virus. Find a COVID-19 vaccine provider here.

As flu season approaches, IDPH urges all Iowans to get the flu vaccine. By getting vaccinated for both influenza and COVID-19, we can prevent avoidable hospitalizations and help preserve health care resources for other needs, including illnesses, injuries and emergencies. Anyone with questions about either vaccine should reach out to their health care provider.
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10/22/2021

Weekly COVID-19 case report update for 10-16-2021 to 10-22-2021. There are 21 new cases to report. 5 are in the 0-17 age range, 6 are in the 18-40 age range, 6 are in the 41-60 age range and 4 are in the 61-80 age range.

We are deeply saddened to report our 34th COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual's family and loved ones. We cannot release any information on this individual, other than they were in the 61-80 age range.

10/15/2021

COVID-19 update for 10-9-2021 through 10-15-2021. There are 23 new cases of COVID-19 to report. This is a drastic improvement for our county. Our positivity rating has also decreased from a 14 day positivity of 23% to 22.8%, and a 7 day average from 29% down to 17%. We need to remain diligent in our mitigation measures, but it is important to recognize the good news every time that we can. The age ranges for the new cases are as follows: 4 are in the 0-17 age range, 9 are in the 18-40 age range, 8 are in the 41-60 age range and 2 are in the 61-80 age range. 83% of our cases, since July 1, 2021, have been in unvaccinated individuals.

10/14/2021

Monroe County Public Health will have Binax Now rapid antigen COVID testing available starting Monday 10-18-2021. There will be a $10 charge for each test. We do not accept credit cards. All testing is by appointment only. This testing is only available for those WITHOUT symptoms. If you are symptomatic, please see your healthcare provider or we can provide you with an at home test kit that you send to the state hygienic lab. If you need a test for travel, please check with your airline or hotel to verify testing requirements. This would also be available to those without symptoms to test out of quarantine recommendations after day 5 of exposure. We have only a limited supply of test kits so this will only be available while supplies last. For appointments or questions, call 641-932-7191. We are open 8am -4pm Monday thru Friday. No appointments will be made online.

10/14/2021
10/08/2021

COVID-19 case update for 10-4 through 10-8. We have 52 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 11 are in the 0-17 age range, 19 are in the 18-40 age range, 14 are in the 41-60 age range, 5 are in the 61-80 age range and 3 are in the 81 and over age range. 83% of our cases since July 1 have been in unvaccinated residents.

We are deeply saddened to report our 33rd COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to th...
10/06/2021
Iowa Coronavirus Information

We are deeply saddened to report our 33rd COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual's family and loved ones. We cannot release any information on this individual, other than they were in the 81 and over age range.

The updated positivity ratings for Iowa have been released on coronavirus.iowa.gov/

Monroe County is the highest rated county in the state of Iowa for positivity by a pretty large margin. The 14 day positivity rating for Monroe County is 23%, and the 7 day rate is on the rise at 29%. The next closest 7 day positivity rating is Mahaska County at 21%.

If you test positive for COVID-19, it is important that you are staying home and away from others for 10 days from your symptom start. You may return to normal activities on day 11, if you have been fever free without the use of fever reducing medications for 24hrs and your symptoms are markedly improved. If you don't meet the two criteria on day 11, you take it day by day and remain isolated until you meet fever free and symptom improvement. As soon as you find out you are positive for COVID-19, you should be contacting anyone that you may have exposed. Exposure counts as anyone within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more from 48 hours before the symptoms started and throughout the entire 10 days. If both parties were masked during the interaction, then it would not count as an exposure.

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 from 48 hours before symptom onset or any time during their 10 days, you should be quarantining for 10 days from your last/most recent exposure to the contagious individual. On day 11 you may return to normal activities outside of your home as long as you have remained symptom free. Individuals that have been fully vaccinated (have completed the entire 2 or 1 dose series and are at least 2 weeks out from their final dose) are not required to quarantine, but should be very mindful/watchful for symptoms and should consider wearing a mask during close interactions with others.

If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever (some cases never exhibit a fever), cough, sore throat, nasal congestion/runny nose, headache, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea), then you should be staying home and avoiding others and seek out one of the many testing options available to you/your family. Local healthcare providers, pharmacies and public health all have some testing options available. Call ahead for availability and options.

It is important that we work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Vaccination is important. Handwashing frequently and wiping down high-touch surfaces are important. Staying home when you are ill and seeking testing when/if needed are important. Wearing masks when in groups/gatherings or when you are unable to socially distance is important. Abiding by isolation and quarantine guidelines is important. It is important that each and every one of us do our part in all of the ways that we can in order to make a noticeable and lasting change in the current trajectory of health in our county.

Take care of yourselves and your bodies. Eat well and drink plenty of fluids. Take advantage of the quickly waning sunshine and vitamin D. Exercise and enjoy the fresh fall air. We have many tools to aid us in this long and continued journey with COVID-19, but we need to pitch in together.

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10/01/2021

If you are not symptomatic or mildly symptomatic and are concerned that you may have COVID, please be aware that Monroe County Public Health has at-home test kits available free of charge. Please contact us and we will deliver the test kits to your car curbside. If you are having moderate to severe symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider and seek medical care for emergent needs. We all need to be aware of our healthcare resources and utilize them appropriately.

10/01/2021

COVID-19 update for the week of 9-27-2021 thru 10-1-2021. We have 53 new cases to report in Monroe County. 4 are in the 0-17 age group, 18 are in the 18-40 age range, 20 are in the 41-60 age range and 11 are in the 61-80 age range. 83% of our cases since July 1, 2021 are in unvaccinated individuals.

Monroe County remains the highest in the state of Iowa for positivity rating. We are at 17% positivity for the past 14 days and are on the rise at 20% for the past 7 days.

It remains very important to stay home if you are feeling ill and to self quarantine for 10 days from any known exposure to someone with COVID-19 if you haven't been vaccinated.

Vaccination for COVID-19 is recommended and encouraged for anyone 12 and up. If you have questions about vaccination, eligibility or scheduling you should contact your healthcare provider, local public health or pharmacy. Currently, 40.6% of Monroe County residents are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Individuals age 65 and over are eligible for a 3rd dose of Pfizer if they received Pfizer for their initial series; this dose is to be administered at least 6 months after completing the initial series.

Individuals that are moderately to severely immunocompromised may receive a 3rd dose of Moderna or Pfizer at least 28 days
following the second dose. Contact your previous vaccine provider to determine eligibility.

09/24/2021

COVID update
There are 41 new positive cases of COVID19 in Monroe County for Sept.18, 2021 through Sept. 24, 2021. There are 8 in the 0-17 y/o, 12 in the 18-40 y/o, 11 in the 41-60 y/o, 8 in the 61-80 y/o, and 2 in the 81 and over. 82% of all cases since July 1, 2021 are in the unvaccinated.
Please stay home if you are ill or are waiting for results of a COVID test. Vaccination, social distancing and wearing a mask continue to be important to reduce your risk of getting COVID19.

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COVID-19 update for 11/6/2021-11/12/2021. There are 19 new cases of COVID-19 to report. 4 are in the 0-17 age range, 5 are in the 18-40 age range, 8 are in the 41-60 age range and 2 are in the 61-80 age group. Since July 1, 2021, 80% of our cases have been in unvaccinated residents. We are deeply saddened to report our 38th COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual's family and loved ones. We cannot release any information on this individual, other than they were in the 61-80 age range.
COVID-19 update for 10/30/2021-11/5/2021. This week's numbers are inflated due to a small backlog of cases that were delayed in their reporting due to system refreshing updates. There are 44 new cases to report. 7 are in the 0-17 age range, 19 are in the 18-40 age range, 9 are in the 41-60 age range, 8 are in the 61-80 age range and 1 is in the 81 and over age range. 80% of our cases since July 1, 2021 have been in unvaccinated residents.
IDPH Media Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sarah Ekstrand [email protected] The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced last evening that, effective immediately, they recommend the Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series for everyone ages 5 years and older, under Emergency Use Authorization. COVID-19 vaccines may be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) estimates there are approximately 284,000 Iowans in this age group. Over 26,000 of the state’s initial 99,000 allocated pediatric doses are in the state currently, with the remaining doses to arrive in the coming days. If vaccines are not immediately available in all Iowa communities, please remain patient as providers wait for their supply. CDC has assured states that pediatric vaccine supply is adequate, and states are able to order more doses when needed. Most of these pediatric vaccines will be administered in pediatric clinics, family medical clinics, Federally qualified health centers and rural health centers. Families should call their children’s vaccine provider (pediatrician, family medical clinic or local public health) to inquire about scheduling an appointment to have their children vaccinated. Pharmacies throughout the state are also administering the vaccine. Iowans with questions about the Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine should speak with their child’s healthcare provider. IDPH also announces today the first influenza-related death confirmed as occurring during the 2021-22 influenza season: an elderly woman (81 years and over) from central Iowa with underlying conditions. The current flu season began on October 3, 2021. Thus far, flu activity in Iowa remains low. The CDC recommends that essentially everyone over 6 months of age receive the flu vaccine. It takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to achieve full benefit against the flu virus. “Though different in nature, these two announcements highlight how important it is that Iowa families take advantage of one of the most critical public health tools we have - vaccines. Both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from these viruses. Getting vaccinated for both influenza and COVID-19 can help preserve health care resources for other needs, including illnesses, injuries and emergencies,” said IDPH interim Director Kelly Garcia. “As we approach the holidays and winter months, I urge Iowans to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy by choosing to get vaccinated.” Find a vaccine provider here: vaccinateiowa.gov or https://www.vaccines.gov/. ________________________________________###
We are deeply saddened to report our 37th COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual's family and loved ones. We cannot release any information on this individual, other than they were in the 41-60 age range.
Congenital syphilis cases accelerating in Iowa: The upward trend of congenital syphilis cases has continued in Iowa. So far in 2021, nine cases have met the case definition for congenital syphilis. This equals the number of cases for the past 12 years combined. Several cases have involved persons who were not able to access prenatal care until later pregnancy or did not have adequate time to complete the CDC recommended treatment regimen prior to delivery. Congenital syphilis is a serious condition in which a pregnant person passes the infection on to their fetus or newborn. Some cases result in stillbirth or neonatal death. It can be averted if pregnant persons are diagnosed and treated early. All pregnant persons should be tested for syphilis in their first trimester at their first prenatal visit. Repeat testing at 28-32 weeks gestation is often advantageous as it can detect infection acquired during pregnancy. If pregnant persons present late for prenatal care, they should immediately be tested for syphilis. For those who have confirmed positive test results, treatment should begin immediately. For questions regarding interpretation of syphilis serology tests or recommended treatment regimens, reach out to the Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) assigned to your region or to George Walton, STD Program Manager at (515) 240-1143. For more information about congenital syphilis, visit www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/stdfact-congenital-syphilis.htm. For complete STI treatment guidelines, visit www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/default.htm.
We are deeply saddened to report our 36th COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual's family and loved ones. We cannot release any information on this individual, other than they were in the 61-80 age range.
COVID-19 case update 10-23-2021 thru 10-29-2021. There were 12 new cases reported in Monroe County. 1 is in the 0-17 age range, 5 are in the 18-40 age range, 2 are in the 41-60 age range, 3 are in the 61-80 and 1 is in the 81 and over age range. 82% of our cases since July 1st have been in unvaccinated individuals. We are deeply saddened to report our 35th COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual's family and loved ones. We cannot release any information on this individual, other than they were in the 81 and over age range.
IDPH Media Release The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has approved the use of booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer booster doses were approved for use last month. Additionally, the CDC’s recommendations now allow for “mix and match” dosing for booster doses only. These approvals and recommendations are effective immediately. Moderna Booster For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series: • People 65 years and older • People 18 years and older who reside in long-term care settings • People aged 18 years and older with underlying medical conditions • People aged 18 years and older who work or live in high-risk settings Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Booster Anyone aged ≥18 years who received a single dose Johnson & Johnson primary series (1 dose) can receive a COVID-19 booster dose at least 2 months after completing the primary series. • J&J vaccine does not have eligibility criteria for the booster dose. Mix and Match Use Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines to allow for the use of each of the available COVID-19 vaccines as a heterologous (or “mix and match”) booster dose in eligible individuals following completion of primary vaccination with a different available COVID-19 vaccine. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. Mix and match dosing may be considered for the booster dose only. Iowans with questions about which booster dose is right for them should consult with their health care provider. The vaccine is the best tool we have to keep ourselves and our families healthy and to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death from the COVID-19 virus. Find a COVID-19 vaccine provider here. As flu season approaches, IDPH urges all Iowans to get the flu vaccine. By getting vaccinated for both influenza and COVID-19, we can prevent avoidable hospitalizations and help preserve health care resources for other needs, including illnesses, injuries and emergencies. Anyone with questions about either vaccine should reach out to their health care provider. ________________________________________###
Weekly COVID-19 case report update for 10-16-2021 to 10-22-2021. There are 21 new cases to report. 5 are in the 0-17 age range, 6 are in the 18-40 age range, 6 are in the 41-60 age range and 4 are in the 61-80 age range. We are deeply saddened to report our 34th COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual's family and loved ones. We cannot release any information on this individual, other than they were in the 61-80 age range.
COVID-19 update for 10-9-2021 through 10-15-2021. There are 23 new cases of COVID-19 to report. This is a drastic improvement for our county. Our positivity rating has also decreased from a 14 day positivity of 23% to 22.8%, and a 7 day average from 29% down to 17%. We need to remain diligent in our mitigation measures, but it is important to recognize the good news every time that we can. The age ranges for the new cases are as follows: 4 are in the 0-17 age range, 9 are in the 18-40 age range, 8 are in the 41-60 age range and 2 are in the 61-80 age range. 83% of our cases, since July 1, 2021, have been in unvaccinated individuals.
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