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COVID-19 Updates

Shelby County COVID-19 Cases as of 4/10/2020: Positive-7 | Negative-54 | Pending-9

Do you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
  • If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, 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.


  • NEW - Visitor Parking - We encourage visitors to use the Main Entrance parking lot off of Chatburn Avenue and enter through the Main Entrance doors. After 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and 12:00 pm on Saturdays, please use the Emergency Room Entrance.
  • Starting March 31, cloth masks will be given to all visitors and clinic patients. The cloth masks will be located at the main entrance and ER. Please have visitors and patients place the mask in the linen basket as they leave the building. Symptomatic patients will still be given a surgical mask and taken to a procedure room for further evaluation.
  • Patients coming to Myrtue Medical Center are discouraged from bringing more than one visitor with them unless absolutely necessary. This limitation should be one healthy adult, no children under the age of 18. This includes one healthy visitor with a patient for doctor appointments, testing, and hospitalization.

  • For our OB patients and their families’ safety, Myrtue is limiting Birthing Center visitors to one healthy adult during the entire stay. Children may visit in the OB waiting room but not in the locked OB corridor.
  • Hospice visitation will be evaluated by the Hospice nurse on a case-by-case basis.

  • All patients and visitors will continue to be asked screening questions.

Postponements, Cancellations and Closings - please check back frequently for updates

  • Tim Knoell - Hearing Aid Clinic - April 10 &15 - Cancelled

  • Dr. Talukdar - Vascular Surgery Clinic - April 13 - Cancelled

  • Dr. Ferrer - OB/GYN Clinic - April 17 - Cancelled

  • Harlan Rural Health Clinic - Closing at 5 pm Monday-Friday until further notice

  • Avoca, Earling & Elk Horn Clinics - Closed until further notice

  • Non-emergent Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and Cardiology appointments are being evaluated on an individual basis to determine if a face-to-face appointment is necessary. You will be notified by your outpatient medical team if your appointment needs to be rescheduled.

  • Prenatal Sneak Peek Ultrasounds - Cancelled until May 1

  • Cardiac Rehab - Closed until further notice

  • Elective surgeries are cancelled starting Monday, March 23, 2020. We are communicating with patients who may be affected.

  • Wellness Center - Closed until further notice

  • Cafeteria Seating Area - Closed until further notice

What You Need to Know

  • NEW - As of Tuesday, April 7th, the Harlan Rural Health Clinic will be closing daily at 5 p.m. The clinic will suspend evening hours until further notice. The Elk Horn, Earling and Avoca Clinics closed on Wednesday, April 8th. They will remain closed until further notice. The Shelby Clinic will continue to operate according to their normal schedule.
  • Limited Entrances - Myrtue is limiting the access points that patients and visitors can use to enter our buildings starting Friday, March 13. This is to ensure that everyone who enters our buildings has been screened. Here is a listing of open entrances:
    • NEW HOURS - Main Clinic Entrance—1220 Chatburn Ave, Harlan
      • Monday – Friday – 6:30 AM–5:00 PM
      • Saturday – 6:30 AM–12:00 PM
    • Emergency Room—1213 Garfield Ave, 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 fever or respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath)?
    • Have you traveled outside of Iowa or Omaha in the last 14 days?
    • Do you live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19?
    • Have you been on a cruise in the last 14 days?
  • Masking and Hand Hygiene - The public may notice the increased number of Myrtue staff wearing masks in order to protect our community. You will also notice extra signage and supplies throughout the facility to encourage masking, hand hygiene, and other preventive measures.
  • Current COVID-19 Testing Framework for Iowa (Updated 3/25/2020)
    • All hospitalized patients (of any age) with fever and respiratory illness
    • Older adults (>60 years of age) with fever and respiratory symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing) and chronic medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, or chronic kidney disease).
    • Persons of any age with fever or respiratory illness who live in congregate setting (i.e., long term care facilities, dormitories, residential facilities, correctional facilities, treatment facilities)
    • Healthcare workers, essential services personnel, first responders and critical infrastructure workers with fever or respiratory illness (ex. healthcare workers, fire and EMS, law enforcement, residential facility staff).
    • If you do not meet the Iowa Department of Public Health criteria listed above 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 $156.00.

Homemade Mask and Gown Guidance

Myrtue Medical Center is following Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance in accepting donations of homemade masks and gowns to be used should there come a time during the COVID-19 response when commercially manufactured gowns and masks are no longer readily available. If you would like to support Myrtue healthcare providers by producing homemade masks and/or gowns, please use the following guidance. Completed masks and gowns can be dropped off at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Please place completed masks and/or gowns in a paper bag and drop off in the lobby outside the Shelby County Chamber office at 1901 Hawkeye Avenue, Harlan.



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.

Perform routine cleaning:

  • 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.

Use credible sources for information to reduce gossip and fear:

News Release - 4/2/2020 - Two Additional Shelby County Residents Test Positive for COVID-19 Making Five Total Cases
News Release - 3/29/2020 - Two Additional Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Shelby County
News Release - 3/27/2020 - First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Shelby County

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