Updates are being made rapidly regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus-19). Please visit this page for updated information from Cherokee Regional Medical Center and Cherokee County Public Health. We will strive to keep you informed. Cherokee County Public Health will provide COVID-19 updates and details through Cherokee Regional’s website dedicated COVID-19 page, Cherokee Regional’s Facebook page, local area newspapers, KCHE radio, and other forms of communication throughout the communities we serve in Cherokee County.

Cherokee County COVID-19 Vaccine Updates:

Cherokee County Public Health encourages those 12 and over to receive the Pfizer Vaccine and those 18 and over are eligible for any of the available vaccines. Contact your local provider or pharmacy for details on how to get vaccinated.

Additional Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine:

An additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after an initial 2-dose primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series should be considered for people with moderate to severe immune compromise due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments. These conditions and treatments include but are not limited to:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
This 3rd dose needs to be given at least 28 days after the 2nd dose. You can get vaccinated at any of the locations providing COVID vaccinations. Please continue with the same type/brand of vaccine you used for the first 2 doses.  If you have questions about how to get vaccinated please call Cherokee County Public Health at 712-225-2129.  If you have further questions about whether you qualify please contact your Healthcare Provider. 
  • More information on the boost doses for the general public coming in September 2021.  

In-Home COVID-19 Test Kits:

Cherokee County Public Health is a designated pick up site for FREE In-Home Saliva Test Kits for COVID through Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). These in-home test kits are replacing the Test Iowa sites.  To obtain a kit, please call Cherokee County Public Health at 712-225-2129 to arrange a pick-up time and date. Your kit will be placed in the drop box outside the front door at the new Public Health location (212 East Bow Drive, Cherokee, Iowa 51012). Please do not enter the Public Health office if you are feeling ill or have been exposed to COVID.
  • Patients will need to fill out a survey online to enter the ID# of the kit when ready for collection.
  • The kit includes detailed instructions on collection and a prepaid self addressed label to return via UPS drop off site. There is a UPS drop box located OUTSIDE of State Savings Bank (200 S 2nd St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012) with a pick up time of 4pm.
  • Once tests reach the State Hygienic Lab (within 72 hours) the results should be completed within 24 hours and emailed to the patient.

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
  • Cherokee Medical Clinic – 712.225.6265

FREE COVID-19 Test for Area Students

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 would like to be seen by a provider for your illness, please call Cherokee Regional Clinics to schedule an appointment at 712.225.6265.

COVID-19 Testing Charge Information

  • COVID-19 Lab Testing $120.00 (CPT 87635)

Visitor Restrictions at Cherokee Regional Medical Center

To protect our patients, families, healthcare workers and community, and to prevent further spread of the disease, visitor restrictions have been implemented. Current restrictions can be found Updated Visitor Restrictions as of 6-3-21.

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Other CRMC COVID-19 Communication

State & Federal Resources:

Iowa Department of Public Health – Up-to-date information on diagnosed cases in Iowa, news bulletins and prevention tips.

Updates from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ office.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – The CDC is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 across the United States, and serves as a source for the latest information.

Iowa Department of Human Services – COVID-19 DHS Resources

Valuable Information from the CDC: