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Polk County Medical Coordination Center Encourages Patients to Visit Healthcare Provider for Routine Health Needs

The Polk County Medical Coordination Center would like to remind our community that it is safe to schedule a visit with your medical provider for critical health visits or to seek care at the emergency room or urgent care.

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5/28/2020

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Polk County Health Partners Requires Patients and Visitors to Wear Masks

The Polk County Medical Coordination Center is requiring all patients and visitors who are coming into hospitals and clinics to wear masks or homemade face cloths for appointments or visiting patients.

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5/22/2020

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Message from the 211 medical triage call center

As our healthcare systems have now adjusted to the ongoing demands surrounding COVID-19 and we have seen the numbers to our 211 medical triage line decrease, we will be winding down that line on Friday, May 22, 2020.

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5/21/2020

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Board of Health Advisory Committee Meeting Canceled for May

Board of Health Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled: Friday, May 15, 2020, at 8:30 AM Has been CANCELLED due to the COVID 19 outbreak

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5/8/2020

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Polk County Health Partners Asking Patients and Visitors to Wear Masks and Call 911 for Heart Attacks or Strokes

(Des Moines, IA) – The Polk County Medical Coordination Center is asking all patients and visitors who are coming into hospitals and clinics to wear masks or homemade face cloths for appointments or visiting patients.

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5/7/2020

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Polk County Health Partners Provide Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment and Homemade Mask Donations (04-01-2020)

(Des Moines, IA) – The Polk County Medical Coordination Center would like to thank our community who has stepped up and donated personal protective equipment (PPE) for our healthcare staff, first responders and care facilities.

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4/28/2020

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Polk County Health Partners Encourage Community to Wear Homemade Face Cloths in Public Settings

The Polk County Medical Coordination Center encourages the public to follow the CDC's guidance on wearing homemade face cloths in public settings such as the grocery store or pharmacy, where social distancing of 6 feet is difficult to maintain.

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4/23/2020

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Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services Provides Additional Sexual Assault Exam Site

Planned Parenthood North Central States and Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services have partnered together to provide survivors of sexual assault with an alternative exam site during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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4/21/2020

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April BOHAC Meeting Canceled (04-07-2020)

Due to COVID-19, The Polk County Board of Health Advisory Committee meeting on April 17, 2020 is canceled.

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4/10/2020

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Health Department Changes Hours and Services Due to COVID-19 Response (03-31-2020)

As of April 6, 2020, The Polk County Health Department will change hours and services.

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4/10/2020

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Polk County Opens COVID-19 Shelter for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Polk County and community partners will be using the Youth Inn at the Iowa State Fairgrounds as a shelter for people experiencing homelessness in response to COVID-19. As COVID-19 spreads throughout our community, it is imperative that everyone stays healthy and safe.

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3/24/2020

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Weekly Totals for August 12-16, 2019

August 12 – 16, 2019, Health Department staff investigated...

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10/17/2019

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Central Iowa Experiences First Extreme Heat Event

With very hot weather expected this weekend the Polk County Health Department encourages residents to take extra precautions to stay safe. Hot and humid conditions are expected in central Iowa Friday into Monday. High temperatures are forecast in the...

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10/17/2019

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.