Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Iowa Department of Public Health is updating the number of cases regularly on their website. They also have guidance information available. To access this information, please visit: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/


Get Iowa back on track with statewide COVID-19 testing learn more at www.testiowa.com

Testing through TestIowa continues to be available in Denison on Tuesdays and Thursdays behind St. Anthony Clinic. Complete the assessment through the link above. You will be asked if you are interested in being tested; select the “I am interested in being tested” option. A list of options will appear on the next screen. Select the last option that says “Other” options. On the next screen, choose “I would like to be tested at a local clinic.” A list of clinic locations will appear; choose the one that works best for you. If appointments are required a the location you choose, call the number that is given on the screen to schedule your appointment.

Updated 6/25/2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There are some simple steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Stay home if you’re sick-except to get medical care!
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Put distance between yourself and others-at least 6 feet. If you cannot do this, consider wearing a face covering.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow and then wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces, such as door knobs, light switches, and phones at least daily.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.
PEOPLE WITH SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 AND/OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 need to isolate themselves until after these three things have happened:

  • You have no fever for at least 72 hours (three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, your cough is getting better) AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms started

PEOPLE WITH SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 WHO HAVE TESTED NEGATIVE AND WHO ARE NOT CLOSE CONTACTS OF A POSITIVE CASE can go back to daily activities 24 hours after their fever and other symptoms are gone.
PEOPLE WHO ARE CLOSE CONTACTS OF A POSITIVE CASE need to quarantine until 14 days after their LAST exposure to the positive case.

If you test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms, you should self-isolate until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive test AND
  • You continue to have no symptoms since the test

Updated travel guidance
While there is no longer a recommendation to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home from travel outside of Iowa and within the US, as long as the traveler remains well and has not been identified as a close contact of an ill individual, travelers should continue to:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others. Keep 6 ft of physical distance from others. If this is not possible, consider wearing a face covering.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow and then wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend that persons returning from international travel stay home for 14 days after they return.