Monroe County Public Health and Monroe County Hospital & Clinics have partnered in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and will be offering scheduled vaccine clinics.

The first COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. located at Monroe County Hospital & Clinics Conference Rooms 1 & 2. Parking is available in the east parking lot. This clinic will be offered for those in Phase 1B, 65 years of age or older. Screening will take place for all who enter Monroe County Hospital & Clinics and masks are required at all times.

All clinics will be by appointment only. Interested individuals will need to call Monroe County Public Health at 641-932-7191 to schedule an appointment. Monroe County Hospital & Clinics will not be taking appointment requests.

The COVID-19 Vaccine is administered in the upper arm. A short sleeve shirt is recommended. Please plan accordingly.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit coronavirus.iowa.gov.

7-day average drops to 4%

Iowa’s seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests has dropped to 4.1 percent, one of the lowest levels since the pandemic began. In Monroe County, which a month ago had a state high of over 30 percent, has dropped to 4 percent.

Area counties have seen similar drops with Appanoose at 3%, Lucas and Mahaska 4%, Marion 5% and Wapello at 9%. Monroe County deaths attributed to COVID-19 stand at 27. Lucas County is the only surrounding county lower, with 21 deaths.

All area public schools are back to in-person learning, although bitterly cold weather and recent snow storms have caused schools to use virtual learning a couple of days in the past few weeks.