COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus discovered in December 2019 and is dangerous to some people. It is very contagious and has quickly spread around the world. COVID-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, a flu, or pneumonia, but COVID-19 can also harm other parts of the body.
For those who need testing for screening purposes, check with local pharmacies, stores, online vendors, or you may order one directly from the Test Iowa website. https://www.testiowa.com
Travel screening, check with the Des Moines airport. Information can be found at Airport COVID Testing (www.flydsm.com)
If you have tested Positive to COVID-19 or have been Exposed to COVID-19 and have questions after visiting our website, please call our office at 641-828-2238 option 0. You can also contact us below!
Marion County Public Health no longer calls those who test positive to do follow up and case tracking. Like all other routine diseases, individuals and families need to determine how best to protect themselves from exposure. Public health guidance in Iowa continues that families should evaluate their own risk, based on their habits and routines, and act accordingly to prevent disease spread. In addition to vaccination for vaccine preventable diseases, Marion County Public Health continues to recommend the use of mitigation approaches, including staying home when you are sick, washing and/or sanitizing your hands, cover your cough, using facemasks per your family’s decision on masking, and social distancing as appropriate.
Know how it Spreads
The best way to prevent getting the virus is to not be exposed to it in the first place.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay at least six feet from others at all times.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
- The mask helps to protect others if you are sick and don’t know it.
- Everyone should wear a mask when in public settings; especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Continue to maintain social distancing even when wearing a mask.
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop
Iowa Department of Public Health
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
John Hopkins Coronavirus Center
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You can also call the Marion County Public Health Department at 641-828-2238.