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Black Hawk County Public Health News

 October 14, 2021

Increased COVID-19 Testing Options in Black Hawk County


Black Hawk County Public Health is partnering with Iowa Department of Public Health, the State Hygienic Lab, and community partners to increase the availability of COVID-19 testing options in Black Hawk County. Test Iowa home test kits are available at no cost, on a walk-in basis at several locations in Black Hawk County.



Pinecrest Building  Lobby, 1407 Independence Avenue, Waterloo

ACE-SAP Free Clinic,  207 Logan Avenue, Waterloo

Peoples Community Health Clinic,  905 Franklin Street, Waterloo

Select MercyOne & UnityPoint  Health locations in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, La Porte City, and Hudson


Visit  to find the location closest to you.



For a video demonstrating how to  complete the test kit, go to:


Activated and completed test kits can be dropped off at: Peoples Community Health Clinic, 905 Franklin Street, Waterloo.
Tests received by 1 pm, Monday-Friday, will be  transported the same day to the State Hygienic Lab, with results expected  within 24 hours.
Tests dropped off after 1 pm on Friday, will be transported  the following Monday.
Tests can also be dropped off at any UPS location. Find  a UPS location here:


People experiencing COVID-19 symptoms  are encouraged to remain at home, separated from other members of their  household while they await test results. Please contact your health care  provider with questions on how to manage symptoms, or if your symptoms worsen.  


COVID-19 Booster Doses and Vaccines for Ages 5-11


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee (FDA) is meeting today and tomorrow to discuss the use of booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. The committee will also discuss the use of a booster of a different approved vaccine than the one used for the primary series.


The FDA advisory committee is also scheduled to meet on October 26 to consider the request from Pfizer to allow the use of its vaccine in children 5-11 years of age.


Booster doses are now available and recommended by the CDC for those aged 65 and older, residents of long-term care settings and people aged 50-64 with underlying medical conditions receive a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine at least 6months after completing their Pfizer primary series. Other groups, including those who work or live in high-risk settings and those aged 18-64 with underlying medical conditions are also eligible for a booster at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer primary series. Learn more here:




11.2% = 14-DayAverage Percent Positive in Black Hawk County

35 = New Positive Cases for 10/14/21

66.6% of Black Hawk County residents (12+) have received at least 1 COVID-19 vaccine as of 10/10/21


Black Hawk County remains at High COVID-19 transmission risk level. Along with testing, getting vaccinated and wearing masks in indoor settings is also recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19.