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: 11885

Positive: 2486

Last 14 Days: 43

Last 7 Days: 21

Recovered: 2374 cases

Total Active Cases: 63

Serology

Tested: 644

Positive: 130

Return to Learn % Positivity:

Johnson County: 5.8%

Washington County: 4%

Jefferson County: 1%

Long-term Care Outbreaks:

Iowa: 2

Washington County: 0 <- State dashboard is incorrect

Hospitalizations

State: 220 hospitalized/ 56 ICU/ 31 last 24 hrs / 20 pts vented

Region 5: 70 hospitalized/ 20 ICU / 11 last 24 hrs / 8 pts vented

Washington County: 4 hospitalized

Deaths

State: 5857

County: 49

Vaccines Administered

Iowa: 1,876,843

IA Series Completed: 781,224

Washington County: 12,807

WC Series Completed: 5,325

This is as of 8:45 AM on 4/13/21.

NEW GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE MONDAY, APRIL 5TH

  • Effective April 5th, all healthy adults will be eligible for vaccination.  Given that we still have a large population in our 65+, Phase 1C tier groups, and those with underlying health conditions, WCPH will be working through our existing lists and priority groups BEFORE opening up to healthy adults.
  • We will not be taking names until our existing lists and priority groups are completed.
  • You may have opportunities to schedule appointments with pharmacies.
  • If you are making appointments for your teenagers, please remember that only Pfizer is approved for those 16+ while Moderna and J&J are approved for 18+.


Phase 1C guidelines effective March 8th

  • The Iowa Department of Public Health announced that individuals in Phase 1C will be eligible for the vaccine starting Monday, March 8th.  
  • You can see if you qualify here: https://bit.ly/3ebijju

  • We will be starting these vaccinations while we concurrently finish Tiers 2-5 in Phase 1B as well as our 65+ population.
  • WE WILL NOT BE GETTING ADDITIONAL VACCINE ALLOCATED AT THIS TIME.
  • You may call our office to be put on a roster list. 
  • We respectfully ask if you find a vaccination elsewhere you call our office so we may focus on resources on others.

Who is included in Phase 1B (in order of priority)?

Effective January 21, 2021, persons aged 65 years and older OR the following populations:

Tier 1 

  • First responders (ex. firefighters, police officers, dependent adult abuse and child welfare social workers) 
  • PK-12 school staff, early childhood education and childcare workers 

 Tier 2 

  • Frontline essential workers in food, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors who live or work in non-social distanced settings 
  • Individuals with disabilities living in home settings and their direct care staff 

 Tier 3 

  • Staff and individuals living in congregate settings not covered by previous Phase or Tier (does not include college dorms)
  • Government officials, including staff, engaged in state business at the Iowa Capitol during legislative session 

 Tier 4 

  • Inspectors responsible for hospital, long-term care, and child safety

Tier 5 

  • Correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated

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