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Health Department urges residents to make smart choices for Thanksgiving holiday

The past week has been terrifying for Polk County hospitals and healthcare providers. We have seen record breaking COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Polk County and across the state. Healthcare workers are overwhelmed and metro hospitals have been leaning on rural hospitals to help treat patients. Public health officials project positive cases and hospitalizations will substantially increase after the Thanksgiving holiday.

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11/16/2020

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You can take part in making Thanksgiving safer. Wear a mask with two or more layers over your mouth and nose, and ensure your mask fits snugly against your face. #MakeThanksgivingSafe

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11/22/2020

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Polk County COVID-19 hospitalizations at all-time high

Today, Saturday, November 14, 2020, Polk County has 204 COVID-19 hospitalizations. This is the highest number of hospitalizations Polk County has seen throughout the pandemic. We cannot stress enough how alarming and urgent the situation has become for hospitals and their health care workers.

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11/14/2020

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Get your flu shot today! Our drive up clinic is open until 4:00 PM today. Don’t forget your insurance card! #getyourflushot

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11/20/2020

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Critical Polk County Hospital Public Announcement

We are coming together today to plea to our community to please help in our fight against COVID-19.

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11/9/2020

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#WearYourMask

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11/19/2020

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Drive up flu clinic closed for Veterans Day

November 9, 2020 In honor of Veterans Day, our drive up flu clinic will be closed Wednesday, November 11, 2020. We will reopen Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 9:00 AM.

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11/9/2020

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Dr. Jason Mohr from @TheIowaClinic with a message about working the frontline during this #COVID19 community spread. https://t.co/WRTHQwfC9z

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11/18/2020

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Support Person Restriction Guideline Updates for Polk County Hospitals

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, MercyOne – Des Moines and Broadlawns Medical Center maintain the current visitor restrictions for the safety of our patients and team members. However, we recognize the importance of having a support person available for a patient’s well-being. With some exceptions, one support person will be permitted to be with a patient per day during hours set by each hospital. This change will be effective Wednesday, October 14, 2020. NOTE: Hospitals may further restrict visitation in certain situations.

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10/14/2020

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New #covid19 public health measures put into place by @IAGovernor.

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11/17/2020

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Health Department urges everyone six months and older to get their flu shot

Each year, flu season is unpredictable and severe. Some years, we have seen a mild flu season. . The truth is we have no idea what this year’s flu season will look like. What we do know is that possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

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9/22/2020

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Public health officials project positive #COVID19 cases and hospitalizations will substantially increase after the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more ➡️ https://t.co/camJUge4mJ

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11/16/2020

If you think you need to get tested for COVID-19 or have been exposed, call your clinic FIRST. DO NOT go to the ER or clinic. You could potentially expose others to COVID-19 or be exposed to COVID-19.