HCMH announces closing of drive-thru testing site

HCMH sponsored several vaccine clinics last winter and was one of the few rural communities who sponsored a symptomatic drive-thru testing site this fall. While the drive-thru service will be ending, COVID-19 symptomatic patients can be tested at the UnityPoint Clinic or HCMH Walk-In Clinic on Friday late afternoons and weekends.

On Sept. 20, Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) opened a drive-thru symptomatic COVID-19 testing site to meet the demands of patients and provide a rapid test result for COVID-19.
“This proved to be a great resource once again, and helped us isolate those individuals 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 drive-thru testing site effective at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, until further notice,” HCMH Chief Executive Officer Michelle Sleiter said.


HCMH offers symptomatic drive-thru testing option

Individuals looking for Symptomatic COVID-19 testing will have a convenient new option beginning Monday, Sept. 20, when Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) opens a new symptomatic drive-thru COVID-19 testing site.
The new drive-thru testing site will be located in the new HCMH Ambulance Garage off 15th Street and will be accepting symptomatic patients by appointment only. Patients will need to call (515) 332-4200 to schedule an appointment.
The symptomatic drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will be open Monday-Friday from 9–11 a.m. Upon arrival, patients will need to pull into the ambulance garage from the west, complete the registration process and be tested.
Patients will be tested using two swabs. The first is a rapid antigen test that will be resulted in approximately 15 minutes. If the results come back positive, you have COVID-19 and need to isolate for 10 days.


Humboldt County listed as high transmission area for COVID-19

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital CEO Michelle Sleiter reported Thursday that there have been 70 new COVID-19 cases since June 14, with 91 percent of them people who are not vaccinated. Sixty percent of the new cases are persons below the age of 40. Sleiter urges members of public who have not received a vaccine to go to one of the pharmacies in town and get a shot to protect themselves and others around them.

By Michelle Sleiter
I would like to take a moment to provide information on the current state of COVID-19 in Humboldt County. Unfortunately, this pandemic is not over and the cases in Humboldt County and across the State/Country are on the rise. Since June 14, 2021, we have seen 70 new cases of COVID-19. Of these individuals, 91 percent were NOT vaccinated and 60 percent are under the age of 40.
As of today, Thursday, Aug. 5, 3,879 individuals are fully vaccinated or 40.6 percent of the eligible population.
The CDC is currently showing Humboldt County’s Level of Community Transmission as HIGH. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view
While the war against COVID-19 may look a little different than it did in November of 2020, our staff and organization are prepared to fight it once again for the families and communities we serve.


5 new cases reported Tuesday, Humboldt County at 7 percent positivity

Humboldt County Public Health reports an additional 14 new cases of COVID-19 in the county since July 26, raising the number of positive cases in the county since the pandemic first started to 1,265 cases.
The latest figures released on Tuesday, Aug. 3, show five additional cases of COVID-19 in the county. The breakdown is two people in the 18-40 age group, two in the 41-60 age category and one in the 81 or older group.
Coronavirus.iowa.gov reports that Humboldt County has had nine positive cases in the past week for a 7 percent positivity rate. Several counties in southern, western and north central Iowa are reporting positivity rates above 10 percent. The current statewide average is just over 7 percent.
The website reports that there are 46 Iowans currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Those are the highest numbers since April 2021. The high mark for hospitalizations was 258, back in November 2020.


14 active COVID cases; five new in Humboldt County

As public health officials have warned, people should not be letting their guard down regarding the COVID-19 virus just yet.
Humboldt County Public Health reported five new additional COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, July 6. That brings the total positive cases in the county since the virus’ inception to 1,214.
Of the five new cases, three were people in the 18-40 age range and two were adults ages 41-60. The Humboldt County Department of Public Health reports 14 current active cases in the county.
A total of 1,174 people have recovered from the virus in the county and 26 people have died.
Scientists are concerned that the delta variant of the novel coronavirus is the most contagious strain, spreading about 225 percent faster than the original COVID-19 version.


Mask requirement remains in health care settings

As Iowa lifts masking for fully vaccinated people, HCMH remains unchanged to protect the vulnerable populations we serve.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has emphasized that its new masking recommendations for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not apply to health care settings. This means that our staff, patients, residents and visitors are required to continue to wear a mask or face covering as recommended.
This applies to our hospital, UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine, Humboldt County Public Health office, Long Term Care, Springvale Assisted and Independent Living.
As this is an exciting and powerful moment to be able to get back to some sense of normalcy, we thank you for masking up while we care for you and your loved ones.
For more information about COVID-19 in Humboldt County please visit:


COVID cases down in the county

Humboldt County positive cases for the novel coronavirus have dropped precipitously during the past two weeks, which only six new cases reported in the county between April 6 and April 21.
According to the Humboldt County Public Health website, the Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health have identified two additional cases in the county. Both cases were identified late last week and both patients were in the 61-80 age range.
Since the first recorded case in the county on April 18, 2020, there have been 1,188 positive cases in Humboldt County, Of those cases, 1,157 have recovered with 26 deaths. There are 5 positive cases currently in the county. With the two positive cases in the past week, Humboldt’s positivity rate has declined to 1 percent. Humboldt County is 24th lowest in the state in total positive cases since the inception of the virus.


110 doses of Moderna vaccine available April 14

Humboldt County Public Health has announced that the next COVID-19 vaccination clinic has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 14 at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds Events Center in Humboldt.
The county has received 110 doses of the Moderna vaccine.
Prior to your appointment please read the Moderna fact sheet and fill out the First Dose Consent Form.
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses. You will need to come back for your second dose on Wednesday, May 12.
Appointments will be made on a first come first serve basis, if there are no available appointments please call Humboldt County Public Health at 515-332-2492 to be put on our cancellation/waiting list.
Click here to make an appointment: https://www.humboldthospital.org/news-events/humboldt-county-covid-19-va...


Public Health announces 400 vaccines available

Humboldt County Public Health and Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) have received 400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
This clinic will be at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, April 7th. The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine is a single dose vaccine for anyone 18 years and older.
Prior to your appointment please read the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Fact Sheet and fill out the First Dose Consent Form.
The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination is a single dose vaccine.
Appointments will be made on a first come first serve basis, if there are no available appointments please call Humboldt County Public Health at (515)332-2492 to be put on our cancellation/waiting list.
Vaccination Clinic will be held on Wednesday, April 7 at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Humboldt.


This weeks vaccinations open to anyone 16 and older

Humboldt County Public Health has opened this week’s Pfizer COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic to ANYONE 16 years and older. The clinics will be Wednesday and Thursday, March 31 and April 1 at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Humboldt. All Phase 1 vaccinating restrictions have been lifted. There are approximately 650 doses/appointments left for this upcoming clinic. We encourage anyone 16 years and older that would like to get vaccinated to make an appointment.
On the day/time of your appointment, please enter through the south gate at the Fairgrounds. We prefer you come from the east (on 6th Ave N) to eliminate a backup of cars on 5th St N if possible. (see map) From this point, you will be guided through the process by our Hospital staff. The process takes approximately 25 minutes once you get your number at the gate. As a reminder, you are required to wait 15 minutes following your injection to ensure you do not have a reaction.

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