Confirmed Surge of Positive COVID-19 Cases in Polk County

(Des Moines, IA) – The Polk County Health Department continues to see an increase of positive COVID-19 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.

“The things you do and the places you go over the holiday weekend not only impacts you but your family and those around you,” said Helen Eddy, director of Polk County Health Department. “We have to be especially careful with those who have other health conditions and the elderly.”

The Fourth of July holiday is a time where individuals enjoy gatherings with family and friends. This year, we strongly encourage individuals to rethink their plans and celebrate with caution. When thinking about how to celebrate, please consider the following:

  • Watch firework shows by social distancing from others or your vehicle. This will reduce your contact with others who may be positive for COVID-19.
  • Be cautious of the gatherings and events you attend. Wherever you go, maintain at least 6 feet social distance.
  • If you are sick, do NOT go out in public until you have negative test results. Stay in quarantine if it hasn’t been 14 days since you were exposed.
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19, stay home and avoid others until you have your test results and the appropriate guidelines to follow.
  • Continue to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines wherever you go.

“If you are going to practice one thing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, that one thing needs to be wearing a mask,” said Eddy. “This is your best form of protection to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

For more information about the COVID-19 in Polk County, please Polk County Health Department’s website at



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.