HCMH announces COVID-19 rapid test site


Humboldt County Public Health continues to be besieged by COVID-19 cases in the community, 23 more were reported on Wednesday.

With novel coronavirus cases escalating rapidly in Humboldt County and throughout Iowa, Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) has announced a new rapid COVID-19 testing site in Humboldt.
Individuals looking for rapid COVID-19 testing will have a convenient new option, which began this past Monday, Nov. 2.
The new testing site, located on the north side of the hospital between the Emergency Room and Surgery Center, will be accepting symptomatic patients by appointment only.
Patients will need to call 515-332-7665 Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., to make an appointment. Upon arrival, patients will need to call from their car to complete the registration process and be notified when they can come in. All patients will be required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.
“Accessible, timely testing is critical to reduce transmission of the virus and protect our community.” HCMH Chief Executive Officer Michelle Sleiter stated about the new testing location.
The expansion of the symptomatic testing service in Humboldt County coincides with an increase in positive cases and appointment capacity within the local UnityPoint Clinic.

Highest total
During the past week, Humboldt County has reported 83 new positive cases of COVID-19, its highest one-week total since the pandemic hit the U.S. That was as of Monday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m.
As of Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m., Humboldt County Public Health reports another 26 positive COVID-19 cases since Monday, including 23 additional cases on Wednesday.
That brings the total number of positive cases in the county since the pandemic began to 438 cases. Of those, 365 have recovered with three patients deceased. The number of active positive cases in the county is reported at 70.
Of the latest 23 cases, four are juveniles, ages 0-17; six are in the 18-40 age range; six are ages 41-60; six are ages 61-80; and one is age 81or older.
“This isn’t just Humboldt County, it’s all over,” Sleiter told the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Monday.
Public Health Director Joleen Sernett said combating the disease means everyone has to do their part. This means staying home if you are sick, maintaining six feet distance from those outside of your household, washing your hands often, and wearing a face covering when social distancing is not possible.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/ and follow Humboldt County cases at https://www.humboldthospital.org/news-events/covid-19-update

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