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2021 COVID-19 Situational Awareness

Current SITREP

As a quick reference, we have developed a Frequently Asked Questions page that you can FIND HERE

The State Emergency Operation Center has been activated following the confirmation of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Iowa, including cases of community spread.

The Iowa Department of Public Health's COVID-19 information page contains daily updates that can be viewed HERE.

Gov. Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan effective at noon on March 17, 2020. Full text of the proclamation is available HERE. This proclamation has been modified.  The full text of that proclamation is available HERE.

In response to the emergency proclamation, the Iowa Department of Transportation has taken the following actions effective March 18, 2020, until the declared disaster has ended. Full details are available on the IDOT website.


Though COVID-19 is a relatively new illness, the preventative measures and precautions remain very similar to that of the flu:

  • Make a plan and discuss it with your family. What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your daycare provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill? These are all questions to think about.
  • Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death.
  • It is important to understand the risk of influenza is much higher than the risk of COVID-19 in Iowa right now.
  • Prevention of COVID-19 is the same as that for other respiratory illnesses (like flu):
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
    • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
    • Contain germs by staying home when ill


For Businesses and Organizations

IDPH COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses 3.2.30

IDPH COVID-19 FAQ for Businesses 3.6.20

IDPH COVID-19 Business Webinar 3.3.20

IDPH COVID-19 Child Care Webinar 3.3.20

IDPH COVID-19 Law Enforcement, Prisons, & Residential Facilities Webinar 3.5.20

IDPH COVID-19 Recommendations for Faith-Based Organizations 3.4.20

CDC COVID-19 Resources for Business and Employers

For Schools

IDPH COVID-19 Planning Checklist: K-12 School Administrators 3.6.20

IDPH 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ for Schools 3.5.20

Iowa Department of Education COVID-19 Webinar for K-12 3.2.20

IDPH COVID-19 Guidance: K-12 School Administrators 3.1.20

IDPH Talking Points: Schools and COVID-19 3.5.20

IDPH Advice for Talking to Children about COVID-19 2.26.20

CDC COVID-19 Guidance for School Settings

For Colleges and Universities

IDPH COVID-19 Guidance: Colleges and Universities 3.6.20

IDPH COVID-19 Colleges and Universities Webinar 3.3.20

CDC COVID-19 Resources for Institutes of Higher Education

For Healthcare

IDPH COVID-19 Guidance for Healthcare Providers & Facilities 3.5.20

CDC Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities

IDPH Just in Time Guidance for Healthcare Providers Testing Patients for COVID-19 2.12.20

IDPH COVID-19 Fact Sheet for 911 Answering Points 2.27.20

IDPH Recommendations for Emergency Medical Providers and Medical First Responders 2.27.20

IDPH COVID-19 Webinar for Healthcare Coalitions 3.4.20

IDPH COVID-19 Webinar for EMS Providers 3.4.20

IDPH COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Screening Patients at Dental Facilities 3.6.20

For Long Term Care

IDPH COVID-19 Guidance for Long Term Care Facilities 3.2.20

IDPH COVID-19 Webinar for Long-Term Care Facilities 3.4.20

For the Public

IDPH COVID-19 Fact Sheet for the Public 3.5.20

IDPH 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ 3.5.20

CDC Coronavirus website

If you have concerns about symptoms or are interested in finding more information about COVID-19, please call 211.


IDPH COVID-19 Guidance for International Travel 3.5.20

IDPH Instructions for Self-Isolation for Iowans Returning from Countries Affected by COVID-19 3.6.20

CDC COVID-19 Information for Travel

State & Federal Situational Awareness 

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus (COVID-19) website

Iowa Department of Public Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website

If you have concerns about symptoms or are interested in finding more information about COVID-19, please call 211.

County | Local Situational Awareness 

Cass County


Cerro Gordo County


Dubuque County Public Health


Polk County


Scott County


Siouxland District Health Department


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