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Polk County Health Department Provides Update on Current COVID-19 Vaccine Phases and Tiers

As Polk County’s vaccine supply that is allocated by the state remains limited, Polk County will not be opening up additional eligibility until substantial progress is made on the current groups. If the supply of vaccine from the state increases, we will open to additional groups faster.

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3/11/2021

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Health Department Opens COVID-19 Vaccination to 64 Years and Under with Underlying Health Conditions Starting Monday, March 15, 2021

Starting, Monday, March 15, 2021, The Polk County Health Department, Polk County hospitals and clinics and select Medicap pharmacies will open COVID-19 vaccine appointments to 64 years and under with underlying health conditions pending vaccine allocation.

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3/11/2021

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Health Department and Hy-Vee Expand Partnership to Vaccinate Individuals Needing Second Dose

The Polk County Health Department is delighted to share an expansion of its partnership with Hy-Vee. Hy-Vee is helping the Polk County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic by vaccinating individuals who need their second dose of Moderna.

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3/2/2021

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Polk County Health Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Office Warn Against COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

The Polk County Health Department and the Polk County Sherriff’s Office have been alerted to several COVID-19 vaccine scams in our community.

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3/1/2021

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Second Dose COVID-19 Vaccination Updates from Polk County Health Department

In January, we saw larger allocations of Moderna than Pfizer. The Polk County Health Department made a planning assumption that the supply of both brands would continue to increase and in an effort to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

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2/23/2021

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COVID-19 Vaccination Updates from Polk County Health Department

On behalf of Polk County hospitals, clinics and pharmacies, we want to thank our community for their patience and understanding as we continue vaccinating individuals eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as efficiently as possible. Collectively, we are committed to keeping everyone safe and healthy.

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2/17/2021

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Polk County Medical Coordination Center Media Release: COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Polk County Healthcare Partners

On behalf of the Polk County hospitals, clinics and pharmacies, we want to thank our community for their patience and understanding as we continue vaccinating individuals eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as efficiently as possible. Collectively, we are committed to keeping everyone safe and healthy.

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2/11/2021

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POLK COUNTY VACCINE CLINIC TO FOCUS ON EDUCATORS NEXT WEEK

This influx of vaccine for older adults will allow the Polk County Health Department to shift next week’s allotment to Polk County educators in an effort to safely re-open schools this month.

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2/4/2021

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Health Department and Partners COVID-19 vaccine appointments are FULL now through Jan. 31

The Polk County Health Department and partners would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we start vaccinating individuals 65 years and older. The Polk County Health Department and select Hy-Vee and Medicap pharmacies COVID-19 vaccine appointments are FULL now through Jan. 31, 2021.

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1/22/2021

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Health Department and Partners Open COVID-19 Vaccination to 65 Years and Older

Starting, Thursday, January 21, 2021, The Polk County Health Department and select Hy-Vee and Medicap pharmacies will open COVID-19 vaccine appointments to 65 years and older pending vaccine allocation at their pharmacy locations. Partners will continue to vaccinate Phase 1A during this time.

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1/21/2021

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Health Department and Partners Add Additional Pharmacies to Vaccinate for COVID-19

The Polk County Health Department and partners open additional pharmacies for individuals to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Polk County is STILL in Phase 1A.

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1/20/2021

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Health Department and Partners Expand COVID-19 Vaccination to Additional Healthcare Workers in Phase 1A

The Polk County Health Department will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to additional healthcare workers (working in Polk County) eligible for vaccination in Phase 1A beginning Monday, January 11, 2021.

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1/15/2021

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Health Department reminds public COVID-19 vaccine phasing

The Polk County Health Department will like to remind the public that we are STILL in Phase 1A.

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1/13/2021

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Health Department and Partners Expand COVID-19 Vaccination to Healthcare Workers in Phase 1A to Additional Groups

The Polk County Health Department will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all healthcare workers eligible for vaccination in Phase 1A, beginning Monday, January 11, 2021. The vaccinations will be offered at the Polk County Health Department and select community pharmacies by appointment only.

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1/6/2021

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Polk County Health Department Tentative COVID-19 Vaccine Timeline

Based on vaccine supply, this is a TENTATIVE TIMELINE on when we will see vaccine in our community for the following phases. Please note this is a fluid situation and can change at any time.

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1/6/2021

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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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1/6/2021

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Health Department Plans for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Polk County

Our COVID-19 frontline healthcare providers are receiving the vaccine after fighting the virus and protecting our community for nine long months. We will continue to do so until every healthcare worker in our hospitals, clinics and long-term care centers are vaccinated.

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12/28/2020

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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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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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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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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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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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City of Ankeny Offers Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic

The Ankeny Fire Department, in partnership with the Polk County Health Department, will be offering a Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, 1 – 6 p.m. at Ankeny Fire Station Headquarters, 120 NW Ash Drive, Ankeny.

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9/16/2020

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Health Department urges residents to take caution over Labor Day Weekend

Over the past weeks, we have seen an alarming increase of positive COVID-19 cases in the state. Cases in Polk County are still on the rise and do not show any signs of slowing down. As families get together and students come home from college, we strongly urge residents to celebrate Labor Day weekend with extreme precaution.

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9/1/2020

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Recommendations for individuals who use oxygen and are without power

The recent storm has caused widespread power outages that affect a large number of people that use oxygen.

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8/12/2020

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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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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

COVID-19 call center for seniors (65 years and older) WITHOUT computer or internet access, please call 515 323-5221 Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.