Black Hawk County Public Health is partnering with Operation Threshold to offer expanded child health clinic services in Buchanan County. Beginning August 9, children involved with the WIC program, ages 0-5, can receive oral health care services in the form of dental screenings, fluoride application, and assistance in finding dental care. Staff will also be able offer blood lead testing for children and provide education on reducing lead exposure in the home.
Buchanan County Public Health Releases COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Phase 1B
Feb 04, 2021
Buchanan County Public Health (BCPH) in collaboration with Buchanan County healthcare agencies continue to diligently plan for and distribute COVID-19 vaccine as provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health. With Phase 1A complete, Buchanan County has moved into Phase 1B, which includes the vaccination of individuals age 65 and older among other priority groups. BCPH receives a weekly allocation of vaccine from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Once received, BCPH promptly distributes vaccine supply among area clinics for administration to their patients. There are over 4,000 individuals in Buchanan County who qualify by age for Phase 1B. During the first week of February, BCPH received 600 doses to distribute among all who qualify for Phase 1B and are actively administering all 600 doses.
Due to the low quantity of doses received from the Iowa Department of Public Health, individuals ages 65 and older will receive a phone call from their primary care provider’s office as more vaccine becomes available and do not need to call their provider to be placed on a wait list. Individuals ages 65 and older who seek primary care services outside of Buchanan County should contact their provider to see if they will be providing vaccine to their patients and how they will be notified. BCPH is actively working with local pharmacies to be able to distribute vaccine, should an individual’s out-of-county provider choose not to administer the vaccine to its patients.
Several local clinics have begun to provide their patients with the vaccine and will continue to call upon patients who meet current qualifications as supply increases. With all information subject to change, BCPH and its partners appreciate the community’s interest and patience as they continue to prepare for more vaccine to arrive and distribute. For more information, and to stay up-to-date with the latest news and announcements from Buchanan County Public Health, please visit Buchanan County Public Health on Facebook.
From IDPH - Iowa Moves Forward with Vaccine Campaign
Jan 12, 2021
Today the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is sharing the following guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine priority populations for Phase 1B, based on the recommendations put forward by the Iowa Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) and accepted by Kelly Garcia, IDPH interim Director.
“I am grateful for the incredible work of the Infectious Disease Advisory Council. The work of this group is critical to ensuring Iowa’s most vulnerable are protected and have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. In a situation where there is not a playbook to follow, the thoughtful dialog and recommendations reflect their deep commitment to equity and making the right decisions in the best interest of all Iowans,” said Garcia.
IDPH Adds COVID-19 Vaccine Administration report to State Dashboard
Jan 11, 2021
(Des Moines, IA) Today the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is sharing data on statewide COVID-19 vaccine administration. These updates will be published each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Reports will initially be static visualizations, including high-level information on vaccine administration totals, as well as county-level information. The current update and future dashboard will be housed on the existing https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/ website.
Buchanan County Public Health (BCPH) has received an allocation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for persons in Phase 1-A. This phase includes individuals working in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. Qualifying individuals in this phase and future phases are determined by Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at the federal level and Iowa Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) at the state level.
COVID-19 vaccines will be administered per guidelines set forth by the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health. Phase 1-A persons eligible will include: “Paid & unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) residents and staff.”
Doses of the vaccine will slowly be allocated to each county in the state and Public Health departments will be working with groups who meet this definition to make sure vaccine is prioritized appropriately to LTC residents & healthcare staff who are most vulnerable. As the state moves to additional phases of vaccine priority groups we will be providing more information on our Facebook page, website: https://www.buchanancounty.iowa.gov/services/public_health/COVID19.php & with our media partners.
Buchanan County Continues to Plan for COVID-19 Vaccine Coming Later This Year
Dec 04, 2020
As we get closer to receiving a COVID-19 Vaccine in our county, the Buchanan County Health Department reminds all residents the initial doses of vaccine will be limited and will be available to priority populations prioritized according to guidance received from our state and federal partners.
“The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has preemptively suggested the initial doses of vaccine go to health care providers and those in long term care facilities,” said Tai Burkhart, Director of Buchanan County Health Department. “As more vaccine becomes available, we will be able to offer the vaccine to more people.”
Play Responsibly - Youth Winter Sports 2020 COVID Guidance
Nov 12, 2020
Sports that require close interaction, are played indoors, and share equipment may pose a greater risk for COVID-19 infection or transmission. The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person among other ways. The closer the physical interaction, the more sharing of equipment there is by multiple players, and the longer the interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
Buchanan County Public Health (BCPH) has acquired 400 doses of the influenza vaccine through a program with Iowa Department of Public Health. BCPH is working collaboratively with Buchanan County Health Center to distribute this vaccine through its primary care clinics in Independence, Jesup, and Oelwein.
As Iowans prepares to celebrate Halloween, IDPH & BCPH wants to remind all that COVID-19 is still circulating in Iowa and encourage all Iowans to continue to take precautions to protect the health of themselves and their families. Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. For 2020 Halloween festivities, IDPH strongly encourage Iowans to follow CDC’s guidance when deciding what is appropriate for their families.
COVID-19 Response: When to Quaratine For Business, Education, and Child Care Settings
Sep 30, 2020
For non-healthcare, non-residential settings, quaratine is no longer recommended if a potential exposure occurs while both the infectious individual and the close contacts are wearing face coverings consistently and correctly.
Buchanan County Public Health Reminds Residents to Gather Responsibly Over Labor Day Weekend
As Iowans prepare to celebrate the accomplishments of American workers and mark the unofficial end of summer vacation this Labor Day weekend, Buchanan County Public Health urges residents to be informed about how COVID-19 spreads and steps they can take to reduce the spread of the virus.
Parents Urged to Schedule Well Child and Immunization Appointments Now
Aug 10, 2020
Parents and guardians are encouraged to schedule their children’s well visits, back-to-school and sports physicals now. Many children are required to have vaccines before entering school and without the proper medical documentation of vaccines; this can hinder students from starting school on time.
Buchanan County is seeing a rise in COVID cases The Buchanan County Public Health Department reminds residents that they need to continue to take precautions to protect themselves and others against COVID during the upcoming holiday weekend. Buchanan County has seen a rise the number of cases over the past two weeks. “We had no new cases during the first two weeks in June,” reports Buchanan County Public Health Director Tai Burkhart, “Since June 17th we have had 11 new cases.” Ninety-one percent of these new cases are among individuals 45 years and younger.
As COVID-19 Case Count Rise in Iowa, Buchanan County Residents Asked to Continue Prevention Efforts
Apr 13, 2020
The Buchanan County Public Health Department thanks residents who are taking steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. As of today, April 13, 2020, there are 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buchanan County. For complete press release.
Buchanan County Public Health Advises Against Easter Travels
Apr 10, 2020
Easter and spring holidays are a traditional time of family gatherings, celebrations and observances. Like many other events and activities, Buchanan County Public Health advises residents that these observances should be different this year.
Homemade Gown & Mask Request for Buchanan County There is a national shortage of commercially-produced personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and gowns for healthcare providers. Many individuals in the county have made masks for our healthcare providers in Buchanan County. Thank you to all who have donated! We would encourage anyone who can to continue to make and donate masks and gowns to do so.
There is a national shortage of commercially-produced personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks. While there are many in the public and private sectors working to address this shortage, health care providers may need to rely on homemade masks to prolong the life of the commercially manufactured masks. Buchanan County Public Health Department (BCPH), Buchanan County Health Center (BCHC), and Long-Term Care Centers in Buchanan County are all working together during this time and would like to provide guidance on these mask donations.
Buchanan County Public Health Department continues to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local partners to monitor and respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and has since been detected in other parts of the world, including the U.S.
Buchanan County is advising residents about what they can do now to prepare for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. To date, no one in Iowa has tested positive for COVID-19.
Risk Factors: 1. Age: Affects more than 2 million Americans over 50 years old. 2. Genetics: Family history 3. Smoking: Increases your risk for progression 4. Other eye conditions: hyperopia and light colored iris 5. Systemic diseases associated - Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia & Cardiovascular disease 6. Gender: women are more likely to be affected than men 7. Race: Caucasian 8. UV Light: No significant proven risk but caution and sunglasses advised.
Random Act of Kindness Week
Feb 18, 2020
It's your chance to have a little fun by being kind!
Lend a helping hand when you see an opportunity!
Pay it Forward - buy the person's meal behind you in the drive-thru.
Make sure everyone in meetings or classroom feel included today.
Tell a cashier they are doing a great job.
Let someone merge in front of you in traffic.
Volunteer to do the dishes after supper.
Say "Please" & "Thank-You"
Tell someone "Have a great day!"
Hold the door open for someone.
National Donor Day
Feb 12, 2020
National Donor Day is a time to focus on all types of donation – organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelets and marrow.
Why Should I register?
Another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.
22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time.
One organ, eye and tissue donor can save and heal more than 75 lives.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds parents the key to a lifelong, healthy smile is early preventive care. Beginning regular dental visits by the age of 1 year, using fluoridated water and brushing twice a day can help prevent painful cavities from forming in a child’s mouth.
Having a Super Bowl party game plan can help keep you and your guests from getting sacked by foodborne illness. Check out these food safety tips from USDA to keep a strong defensive line during your party:Continue Reading
How contagious is norovirus? Just a very small amount - as few as 18 viral particles - of norovirus on your food or your hands can make you sick. In fact, the amount of virus particles that fit on the head of a pin would be enough to infect more than 1,000 people!
Take 3 Actions to Fight Flu Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that can be serious. Every year, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu. CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from the flu.
New Year resolutions are common this time of year. Some are easily broken; others are sincerely made, but hard to keep. The decision to quit tobacco is a commitment that takes self-control and support. Buchanan County reminds residents who have made the healthy choice to quit tobacco that help, and support is available through Quitline Iowa.
Health & Fitness Goals for 2020 don't have to be extreme. Remember it all adds up! How much activity do adults need? Moderate-intensity aerobic activity: Anything that gets your heart beating faster counts: at least 150 minutes a week. AND Muscle-strengthening activity: Do activities that make your muscles work harder than usual: at least 2 days week. Source: http://health.gov/moveyourway
E-cigarettes and Vaping: Resources for Parents
Dec 23, 2019
E-cigarettes (e-cigs), vapes, vape or hookah pens, e-pipes, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), electronic smoking devices and other vaping products are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale, or vape, aerosolized liquid (e-juice). E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine - the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products - flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol. Users inhale this aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales into the air. E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.
The Buchanan County Public Health Department will be closed Tuesday December 24th, 2019 & Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 in observance of Christmas.
Protect Yourself from Norovirus
Dec 16, 2019
IDPH and our partners have investigated several norovirus outbreaks across the state recently. Norovirus is the most common cause of infectious diarrhea and vomiting, and is extremely infectious. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2YKDuz7
12/11/19 - DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds, Iowa Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Iowa Department of Education (DOE) launched a new vaping awareness and prevention campaign aimed at informing teens about the reality of vaping and its consequences, and helping parents know how to address the issue and protect their kids. The “Vaping vs. Reality” video can be viewed here. The “Hiding in Plain Sight” video can be viewed here.
The Iowa Smokefree Air Act turns 10 years old July 1, 2018. Iowa is one of25 states that have enacted comprehensive smoke-free laws addressing secondhand smoke exposure in workplaces, restaurants and bars. Continue Reading
Every day, 91 Americans die from opioid overdose. In Iowa, opioids are impacting women age 45-64 at an ever increasing rate. Why? In part, because they don't even know it. Women in this age group are more likely to have physical conditions for which opioids are prescribed, yet they don’t know about the severe risks of opioid misuse.
Influenza spread and severity is building in Iowa, as the Iowa Department of Public Health reported four new influenza-related deaths today: an elderly (81+ years of age) female and older adult (61 to 80 years of age) female in Southeast Iowa; an elderly female in Northeast Iowa; and an elderly male in Northwest Iowa.
Teresa (Teri) Schloss has been hired by the Buchanan County Board of Health as the new public health nurse for the Buchanan County Public Health Department. Teri officially started in February and will be one of the two nurses employed in the department upon the retirement of the current Director in AprilContinue Reading
The Buchanan County Board of Health has named Tai Burkhart, MPH, BSN, RN as the next Director for the Buchanan County Public Health Department. She will assumethis position upon the retirement of the current Director, Amy Marlow, in April.Continue Reading
College students returning home may bring the virus with them. There have been several cases of mumps reported in Buchanan County. Mumps is a highly contagious disease that is typically preventable through vaccination.
2015 Press Releases
Dec 31, 2015
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2014 Press Releases
Dec 31, 2014
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