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Health Department urges residents to take caution over Labor Day Weekend

(Des Moines, IA) – 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.

“Holiday weekends do not give us a free pass to forget about COVID-19,” said Helen Eddy, director of Polk County Health Department. “The people you are around and the places you go over the weekend not only impacts you but your family and those around you.”

Labor Day weekend 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:

  • If you don’t have to go places, don’t. Limit outings and utilize delivery services.
  • Limit the number of people attending gatherings or events to 10 people or less.
  • Continue to wear masks and maintain at least 6 feet social distance wherever you go.
  • If you are in quarantine for COVID-19, stay in quarantine for a full 14 days even if you test negative.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid others until you feel well.
  • If you have COVID-19 and are sick, follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19, stay home and avoid others until you have your test results.

“Continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing,” said Eddy.  “This is your best form of protection to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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



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.