LOCAL COVID-19

Fri
05
Mar

New vaccines for essential workers; Hy-Vee also has vaccines

Humboldt County Public Health would like to extend its sincerest thank you to our 65 and older community and our educators for their flexibility and patience at our COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week.
This week the department provided vaccines to 449 individuals between first time and second dose vaccinations.
Public Health has confirmation of 120 doses, which will arrive early next week. With this limited supply, the department will begin to vaccinate essential workers in food processing, agricultural production, distribution and manufacturing, that cannot properly socially distance in the workplace. Public Health will be working with the employers to get dates and times scheduled.

Sun
28
Feb

Public Health announces 230 COVID-19 vaccines for Wednesday, March 3 clinic

Humboldt County Public Health has received confirmation from the Iowa Department of Public Health that it will be receiving 230 doses of COVID-19 vaccine by early this week.
With that confirmation, a vaccine clinic is being scheduled for Wednesday, March 3, at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds for Humboldt County residents 65 and above.
Appointments will be open for scheduling on Tuesday, March 2, at 1 p.m. There are two options for scheduling. People ages 65 and older can either schedule on-line at humboldthospital.org or call the scheduling phone line at (515) 332-7668. Both options will open at 1 p.m. on Tuesday for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic Wednesday, March 3 from 7:30-11 a.m. at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds Events Center.
Appointments are required and will be made on first come first served basis through the online and phone registration formats.

Fri
19
Feb

Humboldt County vaccine doses continue at about 100 per week

Humboldt County continues to receive an allocation of 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per week. This limited supply is challenging, Humboldt County Public Health reports, as number of individuals wishing to be vaccinated is outpacing the limited supply.
Humboldt County Public Health continues to work with the state on allocation numbers, and is hopeful the amount will be increasing in the future.
“We have received notification from the Iowa Department of Public Health that due to the winter weather conditions in the U.S. there may be a delay in vaccination distribution over the next week,” Humboldt County Public Health Director Joleen Sernett reports. “We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed.”

Sun
14
Feb

COVID testing site closes; walk-in clinic to open

On November 2, 2020 Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) opened a symptomatic COVID-19 testing site to help meet the demands of our patients and provide a rapid test result for COVID-19. This proved to be a great resource and helped isolate those individuals infected much faster to help reduce/prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Today, less patients are needing to be seen for symptoms of COVID-19 and so we are making the decision to close this testing site until further notice. We have been working with our providers at UnityPoint Clinic to ensure we have the access available should patients need to be tested for COVID-19. The providers at UnityPoint Clinic have same day availability to meet all your healthcare needs and do rapid COVID-19 testing. Please call 515-332-2015 to schedule an appointment,” said HCMH Chief Executive Officer Michelle Sleiter.

Thu
11
Feb

Three more COVID-related deaths in county

The Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health reported five additional cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Humboldt County Public Health also reports three additional deaths in Humboldt County due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. That brings the total number of deaths in the county related to the disease to 22.
Of the five new cases reported Wednesday, one was in the 0-17 age range, three were ages 41-60 and one was ages 61-80.
The county currently has 43 active cases the Department of Public Health reports. A total of 1,050 cases of COVID-19 in the county have recovered.

Fri
05
Feb

Humboldt County Public Health announces second vaccination clinic

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Humboldt County Public Health and Humboldt County Memorial Hospital were able to vaccinate 227 individuals.
Friday, Feb. 5, Public Health received confirmation of an additional 100 doses arriving early next week. With only 100 doses being received for the week, Public Health is staying with the same vaccination protocol and age range.

Mon
01
Feb

COVID-19 vaccines for adults 75 and older Wednesday at Humboldt County Events Center; appointments required

From Michelle Sleiter, HCMH CEO and Joleen Sernett, Humboldt County Public Health director
Today (Monday, Feb. 1,) Public Health departments are allowed to move into Phase 1b in the vaccination plan. This is great news, but continues to bring challenges due to the vaccine shortage occurring. Each county is allowed doses based on their population and usage. We are actively working to get as many vaccines in the arms of Humboldt County residents as quickly as possible.
We did receive 100 doses on Friday and will be receiving an additional 100 this week to begin Phase 1b. We have spent significant time over the last few days determining our best plan with the limited number of doses. With that being said, here is our plan:
We will be injecting 200 doses to Humboldt County residents 75 and older on Wednesday, February 3 from 12-2:30 p.m. at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds Events Center. An appointment is required.

Thu
21
Jan

Vaccine information from HCMH administration

From Michelle Sleiter HCMH CEO and Joleen Sernett, Humboldt County Public Health Director
Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through the plans of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of today (Thursday, Jan. 21,) we have received a total of 400 prime (1st) dose and 300 2nd doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We have given 328 of the 400 prime doses and started the 2nd doses of vaccine on Monday, Jan. 18. As of yesterday, 109 individuals have received their 2nd dose.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has begun updating their documents and preparing us for what Phase 1b will look like. As of now, Feb. 1 is the date that we would be able to move into the next phase. We are awaiting the number of doses this will be for Humboldt County to determine how we are going to manage getting the priority groups vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Tue
05
Jan

Health leaders answer COVID-19 vaccine questions

We are grateful so many people want to be vaccinated and we understand that waiting for the vaccine is extremely difficult right now. Everyone’s opportunity to get vaccinated will come; it will just take some time and patience.
In Humboldt County, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding priority groups, vaccination schedule and any additional guidance that may come forward.
As more information becomes available, we promise to keep you informed. Please stay tuned to our sources of communication which include our hospital website, social media, local radio and local newspaper.
Please take a few minutes to read the top questions being asked about the COVID-19 vaccine in Humboldt County. We hope this will provide clear communication and answers to many of the questions out there.

Thu
31
Dec

Closing the books on COVID-19 2020

The year 2020 could not end soon enough for most people, including Humboldt County Public Health and health care providers at Humboldt County Memorial Hospital and UnityPoint Family Medicine – Humboldt.
Through Wednesday, Dec. 30, the county was trying to keep the number of positive COVID-19 cases below the 1,000 mark for the year. A total of 10.3 percent of the county’s 9,547 residents (according to 2018 U.S. census data), or 982 people, contracted the disease during the 2020 calendar year. Humboldt County’s first confirmed positive case was not reported until April 18.
According to the Humboldt County Public Health website, there were 52 active cases in the county on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Another 29 additional cases were reported Wednesday. Of those numbers, 8 were juveniles, ages 0-17; 10 were young adults, ages 18-40; six were ages 41-60; and five were ages 61-80.

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