A recording of the full call can be found here: https://www.scot tcountyiowa.com/health/covid19/news
Pandemic affecting lead testing numbers
Remarks from Edward Rivers, director, Scott County Health Department
COVID-19 vaccine remains the topic of the year. This means you can hardly turn on a TV or jump on social media without hearing news stories about vaccine brands or vaccine supply. A number of national stories have run recently reporting a large increase in vaccine the US and in Iowa in the upcoming weeks. We are excited to hear that supply will be increasing – we are eager to ensure vaccine is available in Scott County to all who want it. However, increased vaccine supply won’t make a difference until it actually reaches out county. Right now, we ask that you continue to remain patient. Your turn will come.
Because the virus is still circulating and additional strains are being found across the U.S., it still remains critically important that we mask and social distance until enough immunity is built up between groups of people that it is safe to relax those measures. We don’t want to slip backwards with all of the progress we have made.
The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t the only public health challenges that we continue to face as a community. Due to a variety of factors related to the pandemic, we in public health are finding a dramatic decrease in the number of children being tested for lead. Lead testing remains a vital component of childhood health. Partners from Live Lead Free QC are here today to discuss this issue more.
Overview of Live Lead Free QC and importance of lead testing for children
PowerPoint presentation attached from Tony Knobbe, Live Lead Free QC president and member of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, and Janet Hill, chief operating officer at the Rock Island County Health Department and board member of Live Lead Free QC.
Do: Make sure you can breathe through it
Do: Wear it whenever going in public
Do: Make sure it covers your nose and mouth
Do: Wash after using
Don’t: Use on children under age 2
Don’t: Use surgical masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) intended for health care workers
The COVID-19 Health Literacy Project has translated multiple COVID-19 fact sheets into more than 30 different languages. These resources can be accessed at https://covid19healthliteracyproject.com/#languages.
The 2-1-1 website offers a search bar to find answers to specific questions regarding finding food, paying housing bills, and other essential services. You can also dial 211 on your phone to speak to someone who can help. http://211.org/services/covid19
The Family Museum is uploading videos regularly on their Facebook page ((including cooking demos, craft activities, science experiments, and workouts for the kids). Visit the Facebook page to watch! https://www.facebook.com/pg/familymuseum/videos/?ref=page_internal
Visit https://soundcloud.com/kalaradio/systems-level-pcc-during-covid-19 to listen to the podcast episode hosted by St. Ambrose University Institute for Person-Centered Care.
Iowa State Extension has created a COVID-19 response web page exclusively for resources for COVID-19 resources. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/disaster-recovery
The University of Illinois Extension has created a COVID-19 response web page exclusively for resources for COVID-19 resources. https://extension.illinois.edu/global/resources-responding-covid-19
Starting March 26th, join University of Illinois Extension every Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. for free webinars. “Discover Wellness At Home” is a six-part series that the public can view from their home or anywhere with internet access. Be sure to sign up online at least two days in advance. https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=22094