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Union County Public Health

Covid-19 & Flu Information

Pediatric Covid Testing Guidance:

Download pdf here.

Viral Self Care Instructions:

Download pdf here.

Our Team

Zach Woods, Director
Robin Sevier, RN

Contact Us

Union County Public Health

Highway Medical 

803 Wyoming Ave

Creston, IA 50801

Hours

Monday-Friday

8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Union County Public Health

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Zach Woods,
Director of Union County Public Health

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Robin Sevier,
RN

Take home testing kits for COVID-19 are available at the Union County Public Health office.

To ensure test kit availability, please call the Union County Public Health office at (641) 782-3545 to arrange a pickup time for the kit. The kits are free to all and come with detailed instruction, as well as a pre-paid label to the State Hygienic Lab. Once the test is mailed, results should be available within 3-4 days (the results will be given directly to the patient through Test Iowa).

 

Union County Public Health is here to assist with any questions regarding the take home kits. The process is:

  1. The patient picks up a test kit from Union County Public Health.

  2. The patient will complete the online survey at testiowa.com and will instruct the patient to activate the test kit by entering the test kit barcode ID.

  3. The patient completes the test by following instructions for collecting a sample and packaging the sample.

  4. The patient sends the test sample back to the State Hygienic Lab as soon as possible using a prepaid label included with the test kit.

  5. The State Hygienic Lab receives the test sample within 72 hours and processes the sample.

  6. The State Hygienic Lab provides the test results within 24 hours of receiving the sample. Results are provided via email to the patient.

 

If you are a patient of Greater Regional Primary Clinic and are not showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, patients will be able to schedule a test by a nurse visit. Call the Primary Care Clinic at (641) 782-2131.

 

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please seek medical attention.

 

Remember to plan ahead for any COVID-19 testing that may need to be done prior to traveling. Visit www.cdc.gov for details about travel and return to work guidelines with testing.

Booster Update for Pfizer Vaccination

Effective immediately, CDC recommends for :

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Certain medical conditions for the 18-64 ages can be found here. Individuals may self-attest to having these conditions and receive a booster shot.  In short, these conditions are:

  • Cancer

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension

  • Dementia or other neurological conditions

  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)

  • Down syndrome

  • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension)

  • HIV infection

  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)

  • Liver disease

  • Overweight and obesity

  • Pregnancy

  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia

  • Smoking, current or former

  • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant

  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain

  • Substance use disorders

 

Certain occupations aged 18-64 are eligible for boosters. Defined occupational settings can be found here. Individuals may self-attest to having these occupations and receive a booster shot. In short, these occupational settings are:

  • First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)

  • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)

  • Food and agriculture workers

  • Manufacturing workers

  • Corrections workers

  • U.S. Postal Service workers

  • Public transit workers

  • Grocery store workers

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Board of Health

Board of Health member information can be found here: Union County Public Health Department.

What is Public Health?

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases.

10 Essential Public Health Services

  • Assess and monitor population health.

  • Investigate, diagnose and address health hazards and root causes.

  • Communicate effectively to inform and educate.

  • Strengthen, support and mobilize communities and partnerships.

  • Create, champion and implement policies, plans and laws.

  • Utilize legal and regulatory actions.

  • Enable equitable access.

  • Build a diverse and skilled workforce.

  • Improve and innovate through evaluation, research and quality improvement. 

  • Build and maintain a strong organizational infrastructure for public health.