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Black Hawk County Public Health News
September 3, 2021


13.0% = 14-Day Average Percent Positive in Black Hawk County

69 New Positive Cases for 9/3/2021

63.7% of Black Hawk County residents (12+) that have received at least 1 COVID-19 vaccine as of 8/29/21

34.6% of ages 18-24 have received at least 1 vaccine as of 8/29/21 compared to 49.9% of ages 12-17


Do you know anyone thinking about getting a COVID-19 vaccination but has financial barriers preventing them from receiving the shot? Share the facts about “Worth-A-Shot, a local new non-profit that will give up to $100 to individuals to assist with out-of-pocket expenses. The vaccine is free, but individuals may need to take off work, are self-employed, have childcare expenses, or need gas money. A 10-minute application starts the process.



A third dose of either Pfizer or Moderna is available now for immunocompromised individuals at least 28 days after the second dose was received. No prescription or referral is needed.


Get Vaccinated: COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in the community. Visit the Black Hawk County Health Department website or for additional information. Vaccines remain the most powerful tool we have against COVID-19.

Get Tested: If you or a loved one are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and get tested as soon as possible. Symptoms may include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell.

Iowans have the option for at-home testing and may choose to pick up a test kit from a site in their community or have a kit sent to their home at no cost. Visit for more information. Test kits can be picked up in Waterloo at:

• Peoples Community Health Clinic: 905 Franklin Street, Waterloo

• ACE-SAP Free Clinic: 207 Logan Avenue, Waterloo

Testing is offered throughout the community at pharmacies and health care clinics including MercyOne, Peoples Community Health Clinic and UnityPoint Health along with local and national pharmacies.

Seek Treatment: If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you may be able to reduce the severity of your symptoms and prevent bad outcomes by receiving Monoclonal Antibodies. These antibodies can reduce the amount of virus in your body. Monoclonal Antibodies do not contain the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s important to do this before your symptoms progress to ensure the best possible outcome. Talk with your healthcare provider about whether this is the right option for you. Find options near you by visiting here.

Practice Prevention: Everyone should continue to follow current practices to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask indoors, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands frequently.