POCAHONTAS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT

21 3rd Avenue NE
Pocahontas, IA 50574
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Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: 712-335-4142
Toll Free: 1-888-335-4142
Fax: 712-335-3581

AGENCY ADMINISTRATOR:
  Anne Thompson

OFFICE STAFF:
  Hannah Hubbell
  Kayla Nedved

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST:
  Nate Vento

HEALTH NURSES:
  Betsy Dahl
  Brooke Krips
  Kelly Metzger

BOH Agendas & Minutes

COVID-19 Update/Response

As of 5/18/2021, there has been 899 cases of COVID-19 reported in Pocahontas County residents. That is up 23 from 4/13/2021.

The COVID-19 response is ongoing. Response efforts have included education, information sharing with staff, community, local residents, businesses, collaboration with local health partners and schools and others regarding latest guidance, isolation and quarantine recommendations.

IDPH continues to provide weekly webinars on several COVID-19 topics and updates. The first COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived on December 21st.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Moderna: (20 doses remaining)

Prime (1st) doses administered: 1680 (1700 received)

Boost (2nd) doses administered: 1600 (1700 received)

 

Johnson & Johnson:

200 doses allocated on 3/31 to use at Bobalee, Inc. and for special or at-risk populations

30 doses used at Bobalee on April 9th

10 doses used at our office on May 13th

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160 doses remaining

 

UPCOMING VACCINATION SCHEDULE – (CLINICS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!)

May 21st – 60 2nd doses from 4/23 2 – 4pm in the Assembly Room

June 10th – 20 2nd doses from 5/13 at our office

 

Anne Thompson, Administrator

About the Department

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Health Department shall be to prevent disease, promote rehabilitation, and provide health education.

Department Duties & Services
  • Child, Adolescent and Adult Immunizations
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program
  • Communicable disease teaching and follow up
  • Community education on health related topics and prevention
  • Emergency preparedness planning & prevention
  • Response to disasters & assist in recovery
  • Disease prevention, surveillance & follow-up
  • Senior Health - visit Home Care Aide Agency for more information
  • Disease surveillance & follow-up
  • Tobacco Prevention
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention Education
Pocahontas County Board of Health

The Pocahontas County Board of Health supports local public health vision, mission, and advocacy and encourage community involvement in setting public health priorities.

Current Board Members:

  • Donna Stall
  • Connie Harmon
  • Joe Kramer
  • Kyle Smith
  • Dr. Ted George

Duties of the Board of Health

  1. Appoint a qualified Administrator; administrative and supervisory functions shall not be delegated to another Agency or organization.
  2. Adopt and periodically review the Agency’s policies governing operations of the Health Department.
  3. Oversee the management and fiscal affairs of the Agency. This shall include participation in preparing the annual operating budget and capital expenditure plan with final approval granted.
  4. Meet regularly as needed to conduct business, and when called by Chairperson they will conduct meetings in accordance with State of Iowa open meeting law.
  5. Establish a fee schedule for the service by the Health Department according to the cost of provision of said service. A sliding fee scale will be adopted considering income and family size.