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Van Buren County Stakeholders - Covid 19 Unified Press Release

Van Buren County Public Health, Board of Supervisors, Van Buren County Community School District, Van Buren County Hospitals and Clinics, Keosauqua Healthcare Center, Lee Pharmacy, Van Buren Secondary Road Department, Van Buren County EMA, Van Buren County Child Care Center


To the citizens of Van Buren county:

    As you are aware the nation is facing a challenging time with the COVID-19 virus response that is affecting not only the nation but other countries around the world. Each of the county stakeholders want to update you as to the current recommendations.

Emergency Management Agency: Please check out the Facebook page for the different county offices. As new information is put out, we will be updating those sites with the current information. Find Emergency Management information at the Facebook page titled Van Buren County Emergency Management Agency.

Public Health:  We want to remind everyone to use the three C’s when preventing illness: 1. Clean hands frequently by handwashing or using hand sanitizer when water is not available,  2. Cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue or coughing into your elbow, avoid touching eyes, mouth, nose with unwashed hands, 3. Contain germs by staying home when you are not feeling well especially with respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and /or fever. The high risk population is defined as people over 60 years’ old and/or underlying chronic conditions such as heart, lung, or kidney disease, diabetes, neurological conditions, or immunocompromised (chemotherapy, long term steroid use, etc.). The high risk population should stay home and reconsider any travel in or out of the United States. Public health recommends a family member or caregiver, if available; perform shopping tasks for essentials for this high risk population.

Social distancing at this time is recommended as it has been shown there is community spread in Iowa. Community spread means the virus has been spread in the community with no link to travel or someone who has traveled. Social distancing consists of keeping a 6 foot distance between people in the community. Limiting nonessential work travel, working from home if possible, and limiting meetings, are other aspects of social distancing. It is recommended to postpone events in the community for the next 8 weeks that contain 50 or more people.  

Call 211 with any general questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus.  

Lee Pharmacy: As Van Buren County's only pharmacy, Lee Pharmacy is happy to help in any way we can.  We continue to offer home delivery or mail service for medications daily Monday-Friday.  We would also be happy to offer curb-side pick up to anyone who wants to call ahead.

Van Buren County Community School District: We will be offering meals to all students during school cancellations due to Covid-19. The food service team will be making sack lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday's sites for food pick up include the following: Birmingham, Stockport, Milton, Cantril, Farmington, Hillsboro, Bonaparte, Keosauqua and Douds. More details will be placed on Facebook, the district website and sent on school messenger regarding pick up times, locations and start date. 

Keosauqua Health Care Center: Currently, visitor restrictions remain in place for all visitors, volunteers and non-essential health care personal.  Exceptions may be made for certain compassionate care situations such as end-of-life.  These exceptions will be handled on a case by case basis. The facility will remain locked as well.  If you believe a visit to the facility is necessary, we request that you contact Kayla Huntington at (319) 293-3761 prior to your arrival. Outings, that are not an emergent need, also remain restricted. In accordance with CMS recommendations and the National State of Emergency, we will be cancelling all group activities and communal dining.  Rest assured dining services and life enrichment will continue for your loved one. We understand this is of great concern with the current visitor restrictions.  We encourage you to continue connecting with your loved one through telephone (even outside their window), emails, texts, ecards, video chat or social media.


Van Buren County Hospital and Clinics perspective on COVID-19

  • Patients are strongly encouraged to call before coming to clinic 319-293-8732. This ensures we are limiting potential exposure to other patients, visitors, and staff.

  • We will be following CDC / IDPH guidelines for testing. These guidelines are listed on our website. www.vbch.org

  • Supply for testing is VERY limited – we are working to obtain more. At this time, we will only test individuals that fall under these guidelines.

  • We are separating our clinic waiting rooms – wellness visits and acute illness

  • Visitors will be limited – specific information will be posted as final decision is made.  This may be changing due to proximity of positive cases to Van Buren County. 

  • If there are any questions please call 211, which is the IDPH hotline number. 


Van Buren Childcare Center

  • We will remain open at this time as directed by the Department of Human Services.

  • We continue to use practices for preventing disease spread, such as: covering a cough, staying home when sick, and washing hands. We have implemented regular deep-clean practices, while continuing daily cleaning as normal. 

  • Parents are to drop-off and pick-up children at the front door. Adults will have limited entry to the facility. Children’s temperatures will be taken in the morning when they first arrive.

  • We do have some daycare openings, on a daily basis, to help cover closings. Please call 319-293-7100 and talk to Debbie Martin.