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Mapleton Bomgaars Gives Back

On October 25, 2020, Bomgaars held a night of festive fun and fall shopping just for ladies!  This Ladies Night is a special event in support of local cancer centers and hospitals to raise awareness of womens health issues.  This year the Mapleton Bomgaars contributed $296.81 to Horn Memorial in support of womens health.  Overall, the 94 Bomgaars locations contributed $65,861.66 to local cancer centers and womens health.  THANK YOU for supporting Bomgaars and our local healthcare services.

Receiving contribution in photo from left:  Michelle Weber, HPC Clinic Director, Keith, Mapleton Bomgaars Store Manager, and Christina Davis, RN, Nurse Supervisor.



Ida County Receives First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Ida County received their first shipments of the Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccine on December 22.  A total of 400 doses are available for healthcare workers as defined by Phase 1-A of the Vaccine Shortage Order effective December 14, 2020.  Horn Memorial Hospital will begin vaccination for their healthcare workers on December 29.  Horn Public Health will also begin to offer vaccine to healthcare workers not affiliated with Horn Memorial Hospital on December 29.  Long term care, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities in Ida County have been matched with either CVS or Walgreens pharmacies to provide and administer COVID-19 vaccine for their residents and staff.    

When the majority of those in Phase 1-A are vaccinated the State will allow vaccination of those in Phase 1-B, potentially early February.  Phase 1-B will include: persons age 75 years or greater, firefighters, police, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, teachers and support staff as well as child care workers. 

In Phase 1-C, vaccine should be offered to persons aged 65-74 years, persons aged 16-64 years with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 (cancer; chronic kidney disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies; immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant; obesity; severe obesity; sickle cell disease; smoking; type 2 diabetes mellitus; and pregnancy), and essential workers not previously included (transportation and logistics; water and wastewater; food service; shelter and housing; finance; information technology and communications; energy, legal, media, public safety engineers and public health workers).

During Phase 2 vaccine supply will likely be sufficient to meet demand for critical populations as well as the general public.  Ida County has been working with the health care providers in our county these last several months so they can offer the vaccine to their patients.  Public Health will also offer vaccine clinics for Phases 1-B, 1-C and 2.  Clinics are being planned through St. Paul Lutheran Church, Ida Grove, and Lohff Schumann Memorial Community Center, Holstein.  Dates will be set after public health is notified of each phase opening.  You can check vaccinefinder.org to find a location near you offering vaccine.     

Everyone should continue taking protective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19:

●     Stay home if youre sick

●     Wash your hands often

●     Stay six feet away from others at all times

●     Wear a mask when you cant properly social distance from others

●     Recognize that older people and those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, obesity, heart issues, and organ transplants have a much higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19


Ida County Continues to Plan for COVID-19 Vaccine

As we come closer to receiving COVID-19 Vaccine in our county, Horn Public Health 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) issued a Vaccine Shortage Order effective December 14, 2020 and shall remain in effect until rescinded by IDPH.  The conditions of the order state COVID-19 vaccine shall only be administered to individuals included in Priority Designation Phase 1-A, including: healthcare personnel serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work remotely, and long term care facility residents and staff.  We anticipate the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine for Phase 1-A prior to the end of the year, said Rebecca Burns, Public Health Coordinator for Ida County. 

According to IDPH, Vaccination Phase 1-B preemptively suggests vaccine be open to those listed in Phase 1-A plus assisted and independent living facilities and people 65 and older.  Emergency and law enforcement personnel, food packaging and distribution workers, teachers/school staff, childcare providers and adults with high-risk medical conditions who possess risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness may also be included.

During Phase 2, vaccine supply will likely be sufficient to meet the demand for critical populations as well as the general public.  Ida County has been working with the healthcare providers in our county these last several months so they can offer the vaccine to their patients.  When vaccine becomes available you can check vaccinefinder.org to find a location near you offering vaccine.     

Everyone should continue taking protective measures to limit the spread of COVID-19:

●     Stay home if youre sick

●     Wash your hands often

●     Stay six feet away from others at all times

●     Wear a mask when you cant properly social distance from others

●     Recognize that older people and those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, obesity, heart issues, and organ transplants have a much higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19


COVID-19 Incubation Timeline

 



HPC-Odebolt Now Open Monday thru Friday!

 



HPC Offers Telehealth Visits


 


Newly Published Health Measures for COVID effective November 11.

 



Shop Ida Grove and Mapleton Bomgaars this Sunday and Support Horn Memorial Hospital

 



Foot & Ankle Specialist Joins Specialty Clinic at HMH

 



Influenza Vaccine Available for under-served through CDC Initiative

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be providing adult influenza vaccines to states to increase influenza vaccine coverage in the United States as a critical part of COVID-19 response to work. Increasing adult influenza coverage will result in a decreased strain on the nations health care system.  This one-time initiative for the 2020-21 influenza seasons allowed states to order adult influenza vaccine with availability of the vaccine expected to be from late October-January. The priority for this initiative seeks to immunize adults with no health insurance, who are under-insured or have limited access to influenza vaccine.  There is no charge for the flu vaccine.

There will be a limited supply available during our VFC Clinic October 13th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and October 14thfrom 9:00-Noon and 2:00-5:00 p.m. and by appointment only on October 19thfrom 3:00-6:00 p.m. Please call ahead to Community Health at 712-364-7311.


COVID-19 Death Confirmed in Ida County

 COVID-19 Death Confirmed in Ida County

The Ida County Department of Public Health today announced the first death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county. The individual was greater than 80 years old.

We wish to extend our sympathy to this individuals family, said Rebecca Burns, Ida County Public Health Coordinator.  Ida County Public Health and all of our key partners throughout the county and state continue to work to limit the spread and impact of this virus in our communities.

All residents should:

  • Stay home as much as possible. Leave only for essential errands like groceries or getting medication. When you run these errands, send only one person from the household, if possible.
  • Stay home when even mildly ill (the kind of illness that normally wouldnt prevent you from your everyday activities).
  • Wear a face covering when in public and practice social distancing when possible.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus or coronavirus.iowa.gov. and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.


Horn Community Health Offers Flu Clinics

Now is the time to prepare for the flu season. Horn Memorial Community Health will be offering flu shot clinics. Please call our office at 712-364-7311 to reserve your time to receive the flu vaccine.  We will not be taking walk-ins this year, so please call ahead and schedule your time.  This will help eliminate a crowd of people at the same time.  We also require you to wear a mask when you come to receive your flu vaccine.  The following are the locations and time frames we will be offering the flu vaccine.

  • Thursday, October 8thfrom 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Ida Grove Fire Station
  • Thursday, October 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Battle Creek Fire Station
  • Friday, October 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at HMH Community Health Office
  • Wednesday, October 21st from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at HMH Community Health Office
  • Thursday, October 22th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Holstein Fire Station

A Medicare card or Medicare Advantage Plan card is required.   There will be a charge for private pay.  If you are home-bound and would like to receive the flu shot, please call Horn Memorial Community Health at 364-7311.

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

The flu is different from a cold.  Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death.  The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue, and though more common in children than adults, vomiting and diarrhea. 

People with flu can spread it to others up to about six feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.  To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends annual vaccination for all people ages 6 months and older who do not have a contraindication to the vaccine.  While the flu vaccine is the best defense against getting influenza, its also important to take personal actions to help prevent the spread of illness.  Remember the 3Cs: Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill.


2020 Membership Drive Raises $17,170

Horn Memorial raised $17,170 from the 2020 Membership Drive.  As earmarked, these funds were used to purchase 16 new mattresses for our Inpatient beds.  These mattresses provide our patients the comfort they need to rest and heal.  In following our vision, to have highly satisfied patients, updates such as replacing mattresses is vital for us to continue to offer comfort and care with a personal touch. Thank you to our community for your continued support. 


Present in the photo from left:  Kim Schreiber, RN, House Supervisor; Amy Miller, RN, Inpatient Director, and Jill Wingert, Health Unit Coordinator


Horn Physicians Clinic is GROWING