What does it mean now that the Public Health Emergency is ending?
May 11, 2023 officially ends the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Remain up-to-date on vaccinations and stay home when you are ill
COVID and other illnesses are still easily transmitted to vulnerable individuals in our community. Remain considerate of others and your own vaccination status to stay healthy.
No more positive tests reported to the state
Public health will continue to monitor COVID spread just like all other respiratory illnesses.
Test Iowa at home Remains through 2023
Test Iowa will remain an option for FREE at home testing through the end of 2023.
Medicaid Continuous coverage requirement ends April 1, 2023*
Most Iowa Medicaid members must have a full eligibility renewal completed before their coverage can be discontinued.
* Need help with your Medicaid or Hawki renewal? Contact Member services at 800-338-8366. Agents can help you walk through your renewal and direct you to the correct resources depending on when your renewal is due. For additional information visit https://hhs.iowa.gov/ime/unwind.
Cherokee County Public Health encourages those 6 months and older to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Contact your local provider, Cherokee County Public Health, or pharmacy for details on how to get vaccinated.
Additional Dose and Boosters of COVID-19 Vaccine :
If you are feeling severely ill, please schedule an appointment with your provider.
If you are having mild symptoms, Cherokee Regional’s four clinic locations and Cherokee County Public Health have limited inventory of the FREE Quidel QuickVue At-Home Rapid Test Kits available. Please visit your local clinic for your FREE kit. For more information on using your in-home test kits, please click here.
If you are a student, the Cherokee Regional Laboratory provides free testing (while supplies last): Fill out this short Student Testing Request Form and then please call Cherokee Regional Medical Center Laboratory to schedule your COVID-19 test collection at 712.225.1514.
If you are ill & suspect you were exposed to COVID-19:
COVID-19 is spreading throughout the US and is present in Iowa. Cherokee Regional Medical Center is asking patients to take precautions to help keep themselves and others safe! First, call your clinic or Cherokee Regional Medical Center if you have a fever, cough and shortness of breath. A health professional will conduct a phone screening, then advise you on further action.
Cherokee Regional Medical Center Emergency Department – 712.225.5101