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Visitor Restriction Guidelines for Polk County Hospitals

Due to significant increases in positive COVID-19 cases in Iowa, including Polk and Dallas Counties, the following visitor restriction policies have been put in place by Broadlawns Medical Center, MercyOne Des Moines and West Des Moines Medical Centers and UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.

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7/20/2020

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It is BEAUTIFUL today! Enjoy the outdoors and maintain #socialdistance.

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8/3/2020

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Limited cooling centers in Polk County

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many daytime cooling centers in Polk County are closed. There are public options including malls, stores and other businesses that people without air conditioning can visit to get temporary relief from the extreme heat.

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7/7/2020

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If you are out and about this weekend, #wearyourmask. And don't forget to #socialdistance!

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7/31/2020

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Confirmed Surge of Positive COVID-19 Cases in Polk County

The Polk County Health Department continues to see an increase of positive COVID19 cases. We are seeing this trend with the younger population. With the surge in cases and the holiday weekend quickly approaching, we strongly urge residents to celebrate the Fourth of July with caution.

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7/2/2020

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We ❤️ a sweet repeat...🎼Will #COVID19 ever stop? Yo, we don’t know...just keep washing your hands before you go...🎼

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7/30/2020

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COVID-19 Cases on the Rise in Central Iowa: Increased Concern for Long Term Care Residents

Our country has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past several weeks. The United States has experienced the highest case counts of the pandemic, over 40,000 cases in the past two days. Central Iowa is now following the same trend. Over the past seven days, our positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise again. Since the beginning of June, Polk County has been averaging around 50-55 cases a day. The seven-day trend has shown an increase of 20% of new cases reported in central Iowa. We are seeing community spread of COVID-19 as our community has re-opened.

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6/30/2020

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It's important to keep up with routine vaccines during the pandemic. Call your child's healthcare provider today to set up vaccine appointments! #vaccinate

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7/28/2020

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COVID-19 Cases on the Rise in Central Iowa

Our country has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past several weeks. Central Iowa is now following the same trend. Over the past seven days, our positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise again.

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6/29/2020

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Last week, Health Department staff investigated 90 Chlamydia cases, 60 Gonorrhea cases, 5 Syphilis cases and 0 cases of HIV and in 2020; we have investigated 1913 Chlamydia cases, 1005 Gonorrhea cases, 141 Syphilis cases and 20 cases of HIV. #gettested

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7/27/2020

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Infant Deaths on the Rise in Polk County

Over the past three months, infant deaths have been on the rise in Polk County. From April to June 2020, the Polk County Medical Examiner autopsied seven babies. Five out of the seven deaths occurred in unsafe sleep environments. This is a stark contrast from January to March 2020, where there was only one infant death related to natural disease.

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6/25/2020

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Heat Advisory today. #Staycool and indoors!

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7/25/2020

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.