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Floyd Valley Healthcare Sets Clinics for Second Priority Group

(Le Mars) As directed by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Floyd Valley Healthcare anticipates moving from Tier 1A Frontline Healthcare workers caring for COVID patients to Tier 1B Priority Group.  These clinics will begin the second week of February after the clinics wrap up for the 1A Priority Group.

 

Due to the current and short-term projections for vaccine allocation for Iowa, Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) recommends the following more narrowly defined, eligible populations for Phase 1B:

  • Persons aged > 75years,
  • OR the following populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure or severity of illness:
  • Individuals with disabilities living in home settings who are dependent on attendant care staff, and their attendant care staff, if not otherwise vaccinated under Phase 1A.
  • Correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated, including state and city or county-operated facilities.
  • Staff of and individuals living in congregate settings, not covered by the first two bullets, including shelters, sober living homes, behavioral health treatment centers, and detention centers. College dormitories shall not be included as part of Phase 1B.
  • Where public health data indicates outbreaks or clusters of disease among food, agriculture, distribution and manufacturing workers who work in or live in congregate settings that do not allow for social distancing. For example, working in a meatpacking or manufacturing production line or migrant workers who live in bunkroom style housing.
  • PK-12 school staff, early childhood education, and childcare workers. Sub-prioritization should consider persons who work with younger and at-risk children in care, to better ensure child well-being and mitigate impact to parent workforce.
  • First responders (e.g., firefighters, police officers, and dependent adult abuse and child welfare social workers).
  • Inspectors responsible for health, life and safety, including those in hospital and long-term care settings, child, and food production safety.
  • Government officials, including staff, to ensure continuity of government, engaged in state business at the Iowa Capitol during the legislative session.

 

1B Priority Group clinic dates are:

February 10th and 11th from 11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

February 17th and 18th from 11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

February 24th and 25th from 11 a.m.  – 7 p.m.

 

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 712.546.3646.  Please bring your insurance information as there will be an administration fee, which is covered by most insurance providers.

 

Those vaccinated will be required to remain for 15 minutes of observation after receiving the vaccine, with 30 minutes of observation being recommended for patients who have experienced a severe allergic reaction in the past, such as to oral medications, foods, bees, etc.  Due to social distancing concerns and potential adverse reactions with this new vaccine, we are discouraging all staff from one entity or facility to receive the vaccine at once, but spreading vaccinations for your staff through the various clinic times.

 

Due to storage and handling of this sensitive vaccine, there will be no off-site clinics or drop-ins to planned clinics allowed.  While we understand the desire for many to receive this vaccine, we ask that you are patient as we work through this process.  Please do not overwhelm the appointment desk with general inquiries, we will update our communities of additional steps in the vaccination process through all Plymouth County media, our website at FloydValley.org and our Facebook page.

 

Due to the volume of people to be vaccinated and stringent guidelines, Floyd Valley Healthcare will not be vaccinating any group early or keeping a waiting list for those wishing to be vaccinated.  All vaccinations will be given in a vaccination clinic setting and not on an individual basis.  All clinic dates are based on adequate vaccine supplies, but dates could change if supplies are not received in a timely manner.

 

More Vaccination Recommendations

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released more recommendations December 12, recommending two doses of the vaccine 28 days apart (+/- 2 days) for most individuals, including several specific populations:

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women after having informed discussion with patient as risk of COVID infection is higher than risk to fetus/infant.
  • Immunocompromised individuals, such as transplant and cancer patients. May be less effective but still recommended.
  • Individuals with underlying health issues, such as COPD, asthma, diabetes, etc.
  • Individuals over 65.
  • Those who have completed isolation after COVID-19 infection.
  • Those who have received other vaccines at least 14 days ago and those who plan to have vaccines in 14 days.
  • Those who have completed quarantine after COVID-19 exposure. This is not a safety-based recommendation; rather, it protects vaccine staff. The exceptions are long term care and congregate settings, in which vaccination is recommended for quarantining individuals using adequate PPE.
  • If I already had COVID-19, there is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. The CDC cannot comment on whether people who had COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 vaccine at this time.   A previous infection with COVID-19 infection, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, is not considered a contraindication to vaccination and serologic testing for SARS-CoV-1 antibodies is not recommended prior to vaccination.

 

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is not currently recommended in:

  • Individuals under 18
  • Individuals with a known history of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (see Full EUA Prescribing Information at https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua/ ).
  • Individuals with a severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic, etc.) to any prior vaccine or other SC/IM/IV injection. However, if individuals experienced a less severe reaction vaccine is recommended.

 

Floyd Valley Healthcare Sets Clinics for First Priority Group

(Le Mars) Floyd Valley Healthcare expects to receive the planned allotment on Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.  As directed by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), we anticipate moving from Tier 1A Frontline Healthcare workers caring for COVID patients to Tier 1A Frontline Workers in Other Healthcare Settings in early January.  Appointments are required and can be made by calling 712.546.3646 after December 27th.  Phones will answered Monday – Fridays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Identification from an employer, such as a name badge or letter from the employer, will be required to assure those seeking a vaccination are in the current priority group.

 

As set forth by IDPH, Tier 1A Frontline Workers in Other Healthcare Settings:

  • Healthcare providers (HCP) with direct patient contact and thus who are unable to telework, including those who work in inpatient, outpatient, or community settings, who provide services to patients or patient's family members, or who handle infectious materials including: CNAs/LPNs/RNs, Chiropractors, Dental Workers, Dieticians, EMS, Massage Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Physicians, Podiatrists, Psychologists, Radiological Techs, Respiratory Care Practitioners and Social Workers
  • HCP working in residential care or long‐term care facilities
  • Skilled nursing facility residents

 

1A Community Group clinic dates are:

  • January 6th from 3 – 7 p.m.
  • January 7th from 3 – 7 p.m.
  • January 8th from 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Those vaccinated will be required to remain for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine for an observation period, with 30 minutes of observation being recommended for patients who have experienced a severe allergic reaction in the past, such as to oral medications, foods, bees, etc.  Due to social distancing concerns and potential adverse reactions with this new vaccine, we are discouraging all staff from one location to receive the vaccine at once, but spreading vaccinations for your staff through the various clinic times.

 

While we try to provide some flexibility with our communities, we will not be able to offer that with this vaccination.  Due to storage and handling of this sensitive vaccine, there will be no off-site clinics or drop-ins to planned clinics allowed.  While we understand the desire for many to receive this vaccine, we ask that you are patient as we work through this process.

 

As we receive the priority group guidelines from IDPH, we will keep the community informed of the ever evolving plan.  We anticipate that the next priority group will be announced in late January with clinics held after that update.  Due to the volume of people to be vaccinated and stringent guidelines, Floyd Valley Healthcare will not be vaccinating any group early nor keeping a waiting list for those wishing to be vaccinated.  All vaccinations will be given in a vaccination clinic setting and not on an individual basis.  Please continue to monitor media sources for future updates.

 

More Vaccination Recommendations

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released more recommendations December 12, recommending two doses of the vaccine 28 days apart (+/- 2 days) for most individuals, including several specific populations:

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women after having informed discussion with patient as risk of COVID infection is higher than risk to fetus/infant.
  • Immunocompromised individuals, such as transplant and cancer patients. May be less effective but still recommended.
  • Individuals with underlying health issues, such as COPD, asthma, diabetes, etc.
  • Individuals over 65.
  • Those who have completed isolation after COVID-19 infection.
  • Those who have received other vaccines at least 14 days ago and those who plan to have vaccines in 14 days.
  • Those who have completed quarantine after COVID-19 exposure. This is not a safety-based recommendation; rather, it protects vaccine staff. The exceptions are long term care and congregate settings, in which vaccination is recommended for quarantining individuals using adequate PPE.
  • If I already had COVID-19, there is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. The CDC cannot comment on whether people who had COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 vaccine at this time.   A previous infection with COVID-19 infection, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, is not considered a contraindication to vaccination and serologic testing for SARS-CoV-1 antibodies is not recommended prior to vaccination.

 

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is not currently recommended in:

  • Individuals under 18
  • Individuals with a known history of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (see Full EUA Prescribing Information at https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua/ ).
  • Individuals with a severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic, etc.) to any prior vaccine or other SC/IM/IV injection. However, if individuals experienced a less severe reaction vaccine is recommended.

 

 

Changes for the Safety of our Patients and Staff

For Patients

  • If you have a fever over 100.4 degrees, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, chill, muscle pain, loss of taste of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea or suspect you are infected with COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who might have COVID-19, please call ahead for screening prior to visiting campus.
  • If scheduled for an appointment at Floyd Valley Healthcare, one visitor will be allowed with a clinic or outpatient appointment.

 

For Visitors

  • We allow limited visitors in the hospital, surgery center, emergency department and outpatients clinics during regular visitor hours. Visitor restrictions are still in place for patients diagnosed with COVID-19. There will continue to be no visitors at Park Place Estates Assisted Living to protect this very vulnerable population. Adequate supply of protective equipment, including masks, is now available so that Floyd Valley Healthcare can begin allowing more visitors. One visitor will be allowed with a clinic or outpatient appointment. One visitor per patient per day will be allowed for the inpatient floor, with the visitor in OB being a birthing partner. In end-of-life care, the spouse and/or children will be allowed to visit.
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Elective Surgery

  • Elective surgeries are being scheduled again. Please contact your surgeon directly for scheduling. Everyone entering facility must wear a face mask.

 

Donations

  • We are taking donations of N95 masks, face masks, face shields, gowns, gloves and new or used goggles.  Please drop these items off at the East Entrance.

 

Material and Design Information for Homemade Masks

 

Bouffant Sew Easy Head Coverings

Face Mask

Easy to Sew Cloth Foot Coverings

Mask Design

  • Optimal fabric is single ply cotton-blend t-shirt material (newer shirts; not worn or tattered)
  • Second choice for fabric is quilting cotton
  • Pre-wash material prior to sewing
  • Head loop or ear-loop preferred over ties (ties tend to tangle in laundry)
  • Masks with ties may be sewn if no elastic available
  • Medium or Large size

 

Supplies Needed

  • Fabric, - ½ yard per 2-3 masks
  • Elastic band, approximately ¼” wide, or elastic hair tie/band
  • Head loop preferred due to ability to obtain tighter fit;
  • If head-loop, elastic band - 23 inch long
  • If ear-loop, - 8 inches long OR, elastic hair tie/band may be used
  • Ties may be used instead of head or ear loops.
  • Four ties (2 upper edges, 2 lower edges), each ~ 16” long.
  • OR, 2 long ties (one each side), - 36” that is sewn along out sides of each mask so that approximately 16” extends from each upper and lower edge of mask.
  • All-purpose thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sharpie pen

 

 For Staff

  • Staff will need to enter either the main East or West Entrances for screening upon arriving to work. The East Entrance will be staffed from 6 am –10 pm. After hours, please use the phone to contact the ED to be screened for entry. The West Entrance will be staffed Mon–Thurs from 6:15 am – 8 pm, 6:15 am - 5 pm on Friday and 8 am – 12 pm on Saturday. All other doors will remain locked.
  • There are shortages of certain supplies, so we ask that you use PPE in the appropriate settings only as defined by policy.
  • We thank our volunteers for their unwavering support, but we are asking that they remain safe in their home during this time. You will be alerted when you may resume volunteering. This includes the closing of the Gift Shop.
  • Internal classes for employees will continue to be offered as scheduled (CPR, ACLS, PALS).
  • We will continue to work with graduate level students that are currently here for their training, but will not be accepting new students or high school or undergraduate students.

 

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