Coronavirus Information

With the spread of Coronavirus on everyone’s mind, I want to make sure you and your family have the important information you need.

We should be looking out for each other right now and taking precautions to protect those among us who might be at risk of getting the virus. I urge everyone to stay informed and use the state’s hotline (2-1-1) for any questions and to stay up to date. 

If you or your loved ones exhibit symptoms, please contact your local health department or the state health department (1-800-362-2736).

If you’re having any trouble with a federal agency or you’re concerned you’re not getting timely answers, visit our casework page.

 

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Prevention

Preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, include: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home except to get medical care 
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Information for Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it has administered over 322 COVID-19 tests nationwide while taking aggressive steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

The VA is recommending any Veteran with symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local VA facility. VA urges Veterans to call before visiting:

Iowa City VA Medical Center

601 Highway 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246-2209
Main Number: 319-338-0581 

 

Cedar Rapids VA Clinic

2230 Wiley Boulevard Southwest
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-2364
Main Number: 319-369-4340 

 

Decorah VA Clinic

915 Short Street
Suite 163
Decorah, IA 52101-2412
Main Number: 563-387-5840 

 

Dubuque VA Clinic

2600 Dodge Street
Suite A1
Dubuque, IA 52003-7159
Main Number: 563-588-5520 

 

Marshalltown VA Clinic

101 Iowa Avenue West
Marshalltown, IA 50158-4768
Main Number: 641-754-6700 

 

Waterloo VA Clinic

945 Tower Park Drive
Waterloo, IA 50701-9098
Main Number: 319-235-1230 

 

Updates from the Social Security Administration

For the latest information from the Social Security Administration, please visit 

http://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus

 

The SSA's local office locator tool for field offices is here: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp. Each office will have a message indicating that they are closed, but will include a phone number for that office that your constituents can use.

 

Travel Warnings

CDC's travel advisory website: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to most of EuropeChina, Iran, and South Korea. CDC also advises that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions consider postponing nonessential travel to Japan.

The CDC has a frequently asked questions resource page for travelers. 

Airline Coronavirus Infomation

Our Office's Response to Coronavirus

Additional Resources

  • Iowa’s 24/7 information hotline: 2-1-1
  • Iowa Health Department: 1-800-362-2736

New information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below to stay up to date.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my office at (319) 266-6925.