Local organizations and businesses around Black Hawk County supporting our community and the front-line workers that are helping us to navigate the COVID-19 situation.
Schools, community organizations, and employers are mobilizing to support the essential childcare needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first priority of the Committee is to serve ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL, which includes hospital staff, healthcare providers, direct care staff (i.e. nursing homes, group agencies, etc),government personnel essential to infrastructure (public safety, public health,child protection services, etc), emergency responders, and employees in food supply (suppliers, grocery stores, restaurants, etc).
The Child Care Response Initiative is a collaborative effort between Child Care Resource and Referral, YMCA, Waterloo Schools and Cedar Falls Schools.
Advice for talking to children about COVID-19 from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
This guidance was written by the Iowa Department of Education (Department) in consultation with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and is intended to help districts (1) determine when to use each of the Return-to-Learn models they have planned for during the 2020-2021 school year, and (2) handle potential and/or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools. This guidance should be read in conjunction with prior guidance on Return-to-Learn supports, Senate File 2310, and Reopening Guidance. Please consult the Department’s Return-to-Learn Google site for the latest supports for schools.
Updated as of 8/4/2020. The intent of this document is to aid Black Hawk County school districts with a reopening plan to in-person education during the COVID-19 pandemic of fall 2020. This document is meant to supplement guidance developed by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Education, Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), and other professional agencies. It is the recommendation of the Black Hawk County Health Department that school districts make every effort to implement all control measures to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in their schools; with an understanding, if a control measure is determined to not be feasible by the school district at this point in time, that implementation occurs to the extent of the school district’s ability. This guidance will be updated as necessary.
Advice for talking to children about COVID-19 from the National Association of School Psychologists.
A graphic released by Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Department of Public Health that outlines the Return to Learn Plan.
Good suggestions on how to talk to your children from the Child Mind Institute.
A graphic that outlines Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Department of Public Health guidance on evaluating sick students and staff in accordance with the Return to Learn plan.
Talking points for parents to use with children of all ages.
This page has information that pertains to DIA operations related to the 2020 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This website offers business owners guidance from IDPH on reopening their business based on 5/13/20 proclamation from Governor Reynolds.
To help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus, it is important that employees stay home when they are sick.
If you have concerns about your employer's response to COVID-19 you can contact the Human Rights office.
IDPH has not changed business screening guidance due to the complexity of the screening process that would need to occur to account for the broader list of symptoms. Businesses can create their own algorithm for screening based upon the expanded CDC information or they can continue to use this current IDPH screening algorithm.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA) allows for paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave.
This document was updated to reflect new guidance as of 7/21/20. The intent of this document is to provide Black Hawk County businesses guidelines for how to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 in their business. This document is meant to supplement guidance developed by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and other professional agencies.
Iowa Department of Public Health and the Department of Education released the document: Higher Education Guidance in Response to COVID-19. The document gives school administrators guidance to consider as Iowa colleges and universities plan to bring students back to campus.
Telecommunication now being offered.
Virtual urgent care available 8 am - 8 pm- see website for details.
Designated Respiratory Clinic available at United Medical Park.
Call ahead before going. 8 am - 8 pm
See website for visitor restrictions and cancellations.
Virtual Visits are available. Go to MercyOne.com/virtual
Curbside prescription pickup available. See web for details.
COVID-19 testing site has moved to MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center. Patients must be referred by primary care provider, urgent Care, online Virtual Visit or over-the-phone assessment.
Important information about COVID-19 symptoms and how to seek care.
Information in SPANISH on COVID19 Symptoms and how to access testing.
Information in FRENCH on COVID19 Symptoms and how to access testing.
Information in BOSNIAN on COVID19 Symptoms and how to access testing.
Information in BURMESE on COVID19 Symptoms and how to access testing.
Information in MARSHALLESE on COVID19 Symptoms and how to access testing.
Information in CHIN on COVID19 Symptoms and how to access testing.
It is important that all our residents have information in the language that is most familiar to them.
Here are some good resources in our community. Please share with those who may need it.
For questions about COVID-19 questions, there are language specific hotlines available:
Meal sites are closed.
Offering delivery of frozen meals for people who are 60 and older
7 or 14 frozen meals per week available
Telephone intake required.
Please limit rides to essential needs.
Wash hands before and after riding.
Front lobby closed.
All work being done by phone, email or internet.
Weatherization program ended.
Energy Assistance deadline extended to May 31, 2020.
Curbside food pantry.
Meals available Tuesday and Thursdays 11:30 am- 12:30 pm
Shelters open with increased cleaning.
This provides information on where to call after hours for assistance with COVID-19 emergencies.
Overnight help for COVID-19 emergencies. Information provided in Burmese.
Overnight phone numbers for COVID-19 emergencies after hours.
Overnight phone numbers for COVID-19 emergencies after hours.
Information on COVID-19 symptoms and how to access Respiratory clinics.
Information on how to get emergency COVID-19 questions answered after regular business hours.
Information on how to access help with COVID-19 questions after regular business hours.
Information on where to call after regular business hours with questions about COVID-19.
Information for residents on how to access testing for COVID-19 and what to do if they are feeling sick.
Information on how to get help after regular business hours with COVID-19 questions.
Black Hawk County Health Department offers some COVID-19 guidance on summer gatherings.
While there are methods that can reduce the risk to spread COVID-19 there is no way to eliminate the risk, and the Black Hawk County Health Department does not recommend that traditional trick-or-treating occur this year. Anyone planning to participate in trick-or-treating this year should use the following guidelines to reduce the risk as much as possible.
Please read closely. There have been changes to the definition of "close contact" for COVID019 cases for the purposes of contact tracing and quarantine. The Black Hawk County Health Department strongly encourages the use of face coverings, and to continue to practice social distancing. Although with the new close contact definition face coverings are considered to prevent exposures, layered approaches remain important to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. Please continue to practice all control measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying home when you are sick or been exposed to COVID-19, practicing regular hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a face covering, and practicing social distancing of 6ft between others.
Le département de santé du comté de Black Hawk offre des conseils COVID-19 sur les rassemblements d'été.
El departamento de salud del condado de Black Hawk ofrece una guía COVID-19 sobre reuniones de verano.
Odjel za Zdravstvo Black Hawk Okruga nudi neke COVID-19 upute o ljetnim okupljanjima.
Black Hawk County Health Department eo ej kobellok jet COVID-19 kollaajrak ko ilo ien ibben dron koi lo summer in.
Idara ya Afya ya Kaunti (Kata) ya Black Hawk inatoa mwongozo dhidi ya COVID-19 juu ya mikusanyiko ya wakati wa majira ya joto.