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Important Message: If you want to be tested for COVID-19, but are NOT experiencing symptoms, please DO NOT go to a clinic, urgent care or emergency department for a COVID-19 test.
Instead, pick up a Test Iowa kit at your county public health department or visit your pharmacy for symptomatic or asymptomatic testing, as well as retesting for returning to work.
Mercy is requiring anyone entering a Mercy or MercyCare facility to self-screen for COVID. If you have a fever, have been exposed to COVID within the last 14 days, or have common symptoms of COVID, you may need to reschedule (depending on the service needed) or not enter as visitors.
See where to park and enter for the service you need. Current entrances available (click to enlarge the map):
The symptoms are very similar to the flu and include mild to severe respiratory illness with a fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or loss of taste and smell. The symptoms can present from two to 14 days after exposure.
Most importantly, get vaccinated!
Keeping our healthcare workforce healthy and safe is a top priority to ensure we are prepared and able to serve the health needs of our community as this situation evolves. As a result, Mercy has several mechanisms currently in place to ensure the safety of all our patients, staff and volunteers, as well as minimize any potential exposure. In addition to the universal precautions listed above, this also includes:
Linn County Public Health has also created multi-lingual resources (PDF).
The University of Iowa’s College of Public Health has put together a series of videos in various languages about COVID-19 for community members. Languages are English, French, Spanish and Swahili.
The CDC is a great resource for the latest information about COVID-19. Linn County Public Health also provides information on COVID-19.
Video from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Medicare Coverage and Payment of Virtual Services. This video will provide you with answers to common questions about the expanded Medicare telehealth services benefit under the 1135 waiver authority and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.