Call Ahead if you have Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted 3/14/2020 in Public Health

Have a cough? Fever? Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing? Other flu-like symptoms?

Call first to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Please do not drive into the clinic or hospital first. The goal is to avoid people sitting in waiting rooms unintentionally infecting others. After you have called ahead, when you are in the clinic or hospital for coughing, fever, or flu-like symptoms, please put a mask on as soon as you arrive.

As community spread has been identified in the state of Iowa (in Dallas County), it is very important that the public follows the guidelines set forth by the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health.

For trusted information and updates related to COVID-19, visit and follow IDPH on Facebook (@IowaDepartmentofPublicHealth) and Twitter (@IAPublicHealth). Or, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 2-1-1.