COVID-19 NEWS

IDPH and its public and private partners have continued to prepare plans and procedures in case they should be needed. It is important for Iowans to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way they prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt their normal routine.

Please use the links below to access the most current information about COVID-19.

COVID 19 Clinic Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Current COVID statistics for Washington County

An update on COVID-19 in our community:

Tested: 12207

Positive: 2520

Last 14 Days: 27

Last 7 Days: 11

Recovered: 2421 cases

Total Active Cases: 49

Serology

Tested: 654

Positive: 135

Return to Learn % Positivity:

Johnson County: 4.5%

Washington County: 2.3%

Jefferson County: 1.9%

Long-term Care Outbreaks:

Iowa: 1

Washington County: 0

Hospitalizations

State: 195 hospitalized/ 48 ICU/ 34 last 24 hrs / 23 pts vented

Region 5: 57 hospitalized/ 18 ICU / 13 last 24 hrs / 11 pts vented

Washington County: 1 hospitalized

Deaths

State: 5959

County: 50

Vaccines Administered

Iowa: 2,390,239

% Population fully vaccinated: 33.6%

Washington County: 15,928

% Population fully vaccinated: 33.2%

This is as of 8:45 AM on 5/4/21.


I received my first dose elsewhere. Can WCPH give me my second dose?

Unfortunately no. We are only given enough boost doses to match the prime doses already given.  We encourage you to reach out to the provider who gave you your first dose to get your second dose scheduled.

I am planning a vacation. What do I need to know?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new order effective January 26, 2021 to reduce introduction and the spread of new COVID-19 variants. This order requires all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs. Proof of a negative test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 is required before boarding a flight. 

What should I expect after I am vaccinated?

  • Two vaccine doses are needed (2nd dose – Pfizer 21 days; Moderna 28 days) 
  • It takes about two weeks after getting the 2nd dose for the body to produce enough antibodies for fullest protection 
  • Some common side effects are: arm pain or swelling at the injection site, fever, chills, tiredness, headache, and body aches

I have been vaccinated. Do I need to quarantine?

  • If you are two weeks post your completed vaccination series (2 doses of Moderna or Pfizer or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson) and have an exposure, you do not need to quarantine if you have no symptoms.
  • If you travel internationally, you still need to quarantine regardless of vaccination status.

I have had COVID. Am I eligible for the vaccine?

Yes IF you meet the criteria below: 

  • You fall into a specified priority group AND
  • You are not actively ill (meaning in quarantine, isolation, or showing signs of symptoms)

I have had COVID. Is there a waiting period to receive the vaccine?

No – HOWEVER you will need to meet criteria for a specified priority group, not be actively ill (meaning in quarantine, isolation, or showing signs of symptoms),  and check with your physician

When will our children be vaccinated?

At this time, Pfizer is approved for individuals 16 years of age and older. Moderna is approved for those 18 years of age. Unfortunately we do not have a timeline when a vaccine will be approved for children.

Where is the most up to date information on the vaccine?

  • This website (washph.com) 
  •  State of Iowa dashboard (https:\\coronavirus.iowa.gov
  •  WCPH Facebook page 
  • The Washington Journal 
  • KCII radio