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Please refer to the Iowa Department of Public Health-COVID-19 in Iowa website for current COVID-19 statistics: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

Vaccination Information

January 21, 2021

UPDATE: COVD-19 VACCINATION

Iowa is expanding Phase 1B to include Iowans age 65 and over.

On January 21st, we received notice from Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) that 65 year-old people will be eligible for Phase 1B vaccine. Myrtue’s Public Health currently has 524 reservations for the 75 and older population and we will honor their reservations first. Anyone over 65 years of age and older that calls on or after 1.21.2021 to reserve a vaccine, will be added to the list based on when the request was received. Please keep in mind that the vaccine supply remains very limited and it will take some time to get everyone in Phase 1B vaccinated at current vaccine allocation rates.

Please call 712.755.4406 to reserve your slot if you are 65 and older or are an essential frontline worker as identified in the Phase 1B infographic. You may also email us at vaccine@myrtuemedical.org and provide your name, phone number, date of birth, your address, and your eligibility criteria. We will continue to take reservations through 1.29.2021. The phone lines will be covered from 8 am to 4 pm.

We are subject to Iowa Department of Public Health changes and vaccine allocations and are adjusting accordingly. Unfortunately, the supply did not increase with the expansion of the Phase 1B population. We ask for your patience as we work through this extensive Phase 1B population—both by age and frontline essential workers.

    Phase 1B Priority Populations--UPDATED 1/21/2021

    Persons aged 65 years and over. OR, the following populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure or severity of illness (listed in order of priority):

    Tier 1

    • First Responders
    • PK-12 staff, early childhood education, childcare workers

    Tier 2

    • Frontline essential workers in food, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors who live or work in non-social distanced settings
    • Individuals with disabilities living in home settings and their direct care staff

    Tier 3

    • Staff and individuals living in congregate settings not covered by previous Phase or Tier
    • Government officials, including staff, engaged in business at the State Capitol

    Tier 4

    • Inspectors responsible for health, life and safety

    Tier 5

    • Correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated

    What number do I call to reserve my spot?

    Community members who meet Phase 1B criteria can call Public Health at the following number:

    • 712.755.4406
    • Or email Public Health at: vaccine@myrtuemedical.org. Please include your name, date of birth, address, phone number and essential worker designation in the email.

    If you are age 75 and older and already called to put your name on this, you DO NOT need to call again. Your name will stay on this list.

    January 13, 2021

    COVID-19 Vaccine Update on Phase 1B Priority Group:

    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) released guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine priority populations for Phase 1B. These guidelines are based on recommendations from the Iowa Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) and Iowa Department of Public Health. Myrtue's Public Health will start taking phone calls to reserve your spot. Myrtue will notify you when we have vaccine available for you. Wen we receive our allotment of vaccine, Myrtue's Public Health will call you and set-up a time to schedule your vaccine.

    Who is included in 1B Priority Group:

    1B Priority Population Group Includes (more listed in the press release attached above "Press Release Regarding the Vaccination"):

    • People 75 and older
    • Individuals with disabilities living in home settings whom are dependent on attendant care staff
    • PK-12 school staff, early childhood education and childcare workers
    • First responders including firefighters and police officers
    • Additional groups are listed in the above Press Releases

    What number do I call to reserve my spot?

    Community members who meet Phase 1B criteria can call Public Health at the following number:

    • 712.755.4406 (main)
    • 712.755.4596 (alternate)
    • 712.755.4350 (alternate) OR
    • Email Public Health at: vaccine@myrtuemedical.org. Please include your name, date of birth, address, phone number and essential worker designation in the email.

    When Will I Receive a Vaccine?

    Even though you may reserve your spot, vaccination will not be scheduled until vaccine supply is received. You will be notified at that time. We are anticipating Phase 1B vaccinations will begin on or about February 1st.

    Each state has a unique distribution plan. Learn more about IDPH vaccination plan:

    COVID-19 Information

    When to Seek Care

    Are you experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell?

    • Before visiting PLEASE CALL 712-755-5130 to talk to a nurse.
    • If you think you may have the Coronavirus (COVID-19), DO NOT go directly to the ER, hospital or doctor's office. Call first. Our healthcare providers will evaluate your symptoms and explain your best course of action.
    • Do not go to work, school or social gatherings if you have symptoms.

    Routine Appointments, Check-ups, Screenings and Immunizations

    Maintaining appointments and seeking care is critical for all healthcare conditions, especially those conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, hypertension, and lung disease. It is also important to keep well-child visits and make sure childhood immunizations are up-to-date and delivered on time.

    Virtual appointments are available for various types of visits in the Rural Health Clinic for safety and convenience from their home or anywhere using a computer or mobile device. Telehealth visits allow you to have a medical consultation with a healthcare provider using live video chat from the comfort of your home.

    What You Need to Know

    Myrtue Medical Center is following guidance from the CDC and has put a number of measures in place to ensure the safety of patients and employees.

    • Employees are required to take their temperatures before and after their shifts
    • Increased cleaning practices
    • Masking of employees, patients and visitors
    • Social distancing
    • Additional hand hygiene stations
    • Limited entrances
    • Visitor limitations

    Visitor Guidelines -For the safety of all patients, visitors and staff, please review the following temporary guidelines:

    • All visitors must be screened at the entrances and display a green check mark sticker visible to staff.
    • A mask must be worn at all times throughout the entire facility.
    • Only one healthy adult visitor per patient stay, multiple visitors will not be allowed.
    • If a patient is pending COVID-19 test results or is confirmed COVID-19 positive, NO visitors will be allowed.
    • Hand hygiene must be completed upon entering and exiting a patient room.
    • Guidelines can be reevaluated on a case-by-case basis for hospice/end of life patients and patients under the age of 18.

    Limited Entrances - Myrtue is limiting the access points that patients and visitors can use to enter our buildings. This is to ensure that everyone who enters our buildings has been screened.

    • Main Clinic Entrance—1220 Chatburn Avenue, Harlan
      • Monday – Thursday – 6:30 AM–8:00 PM
      • Friday - 6:30 AM–6:00 PM
      • Saturday – 6:30 AM–12:00 PM
    • Emergency Room—1213 Garfield Avenue, Harlan
      • 24 hours – 7 days a week

    Screening Questions - At these two entrances, screening questions will be asked of each person entering the facility. The screening questions include:

    • Do you have a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
    • Do you have at least two of these symptoms - fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell?
    • Do you live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19?

    Testing Cost -If you do not meet the Iowa Department of Public Health criteria for COVID-19 testing at the State Hygienic Lab, the cash price for a COVID-19 test administered upon the direction of your practitioner is $195.00. The price for a Serology IgG (antibody) test is $67.00.

    Reminders and Additional Resources

    Everyday prevention methods are very important:

    • Wash your hands frequently.
    • Stay home if you are ill.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw tissue in the trash.
    • Keep children home when they are sick.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) with the cleaners typically used. Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label.

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