COVID-19 Update

Humboldt County, Iowa

May 29, 2020


CASES BY AGE GROUP: (0-17)=0 (18-40)=3 (41-60)=11 (61-80)=1 (81+)=1


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May 29, 2020

There are no new cases to report today. | CDC | Iowa Department of Public Health | 2-1-1 

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May 11, 2020 at 12:45 p.m.

Happy Hospital Week! This week we celebrate all of our employees for their dedication to this organization and providing exceptional patient care. I am so proud of our team and the way they have stepped up to this new normal. I’m also thankful of everyone in our community who has stayed home to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it crystal clear just how much communities rely on their local hospitals and also how much we rely on you.  During the past couple months, we’ve felt an outpouring of support and we are grateful to everyone who has delivered a meal, sewn a face mask, left a card, made a PPE donation, or who has just reached out to one of our employees to say – thank you. 

At HCMH, we are used to responding in times of crisis, but this pandemic is unlike anything any of us has ever experienced. And, we know it has created anxiety for many people, especially when it comes to seeking healthcare services.  So, we want you to know a few things.

First, you can count on us to maintain a safe environment for patients and staff. We are going above and beyond all our normal efforts to keep our hospital, surgery center, and senior living facilities clean and safe.  We are screening everyone who comes into the hospital, taking temperatures, providing face masks as needed and rearranging our environments to ensure social distancing.

We also want you to know that if you have sudden symptoms that may indicate a medical emergency, you can - and you should - seek immediate medical attention. Our emergency department is open 24/7, for you and your loved ones. Getting fast medical treatment could be the difference between life and death – so please, don’t ignore or rationalize the signs of a medical emergency.  Call 911, come to the hospital, and get the help you need.

The same goes for chronic conditions and even routine healthcare needs. We are ready and prepared to care for you safely if your visit requires you to come to the hospital.

We are in this together and together we have seen how powerful our human connection really is.  So, help us stay strong as we continue in this journey – stay six feet apart, wash your hands frequently, tell someone how much you appreciate them, and if you need healthcare, please don’t be afraid.  We are here and prepared to safely meet your needs.

Thank you for your continued support to our team at HCMH.

Michelle Sleiter, CEO

May 6, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Update

Patients, visitors and vendors are required to wear a face covering at Humboldt County Memorial Hospital.

New information is emerging every day on how coronavirus spreads and the best ways to protect against COVID-19. The most effective protections include washing your hands frequently with soap and water and practicing physical and social distancing. However, wearing cloth face masks or coverings in public when social distancing can’t be observed, does slow the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning Wednesday, May 6th, patients and visitors will be required to wear a personal homemade or cloth face covering while on our property and are highly encouraged to bring their own cloth face covering to help conserve the supply of masks for front-line medical staff. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one. Please note, visitor restrictions remain in place until further notice with few exceptions.

This decision is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local health experts.

Patients and visitors will see staff providing direct patient care wearing surgical masks and face shields. In procedural areas, additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be worn by staff according to Infection Prevention and Control guidelines.  Staff working in non-patient care areas will also be wearing a mask or face covering.

Your understanding and compliance with these mandatory guidelines is greatly appreciated.

Michelle Sleiter, CEO

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Face Covering Do’s and Don’ts:


·       Make sure you can breathe through it

·       Wear it whenever going out in public

·       Make sure it covers your nose and mouth

·       Wash after using


·       Use it if under two years old

·       Use surgical masks or other PPE intended for healthcare workers

April 29, 2020 at 9:15 a.m.

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Update

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital (HCMH) will begin a phased approach to safely resume services, effective immediately.

The decision was made in accordance with Governor Kim Reynold’s recent declaration of Iowa’s initiative to begin lifting restrictions on health care services. HCMH’s phased approach is designed to resume medical services safely while continuing to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

This first phase includes resuming non-urgent/non-emergent medical, diagnostic radiology and laboratory services that have been on hold since March 23rd. These noninvasive tests and procedures include magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRI’s), computed tomography scans (CTs), CT calcium scoring, bone density imaging, CT lung cancer screenings and mammography. Physical, occupational and speech therapies for all ages in our wellness hub will also resume; as well as cardiopulmonary, cardiac rehab, sleep studies, diabetes and nutrition therapy.

Over the next few weeks, HCMH also plans to safely and cautiously resume outpatient clinic services and surgeries on a case by case basis. New protocols and procedure clearances will be put in place to ensure we are following all state guidelines.

We recognize that many patients, including some with serious medical conditions, have put off seeking medical care and had to delay procedures and surgeries. The need for medical intervention is essential to the overall health and well-being of these patients and we want to get them in as soon as possible. However, as we gradually open up services, we will continue to offer telehealth services, rather than in-person services whenever possible for the safety of our patients and staff. 

As part of this plan, HCMH has implemented several measures to enforce social distancing in waiting and registration areas and staggering scheduled appointments.

Additional safety enhancements include:

• All employees, providers, patients and visitors will continue to be screened for fever and respiratory symptoms upon entering our facility.

• Patients and visitors are encouraged to wear their own face covering. Those who do not have a face covering and show signs or symptoms of respiratory illness will be given a surgical mask to wear.

• Employees and providers caring for patients will be provided the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE).

• The no-visitor policy remains in place for our hospital, Long Term Care and Springvale Senior Living.

• Our cafeteria and gift shop will remain closed until further notice.

• Infection prevention best practices including thorough cleaning and sterilization in between each and every patient visit, will continue.

Due to the dedicated and around-the-clock work of our staff we are confident in our ability to care for you and your loved ones as we fight against the coronavirus. We have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and we continue to secure more. Our care team is comprised of very talented and compassionate individuals ready to safely serve YOU.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Michelle Sleiter, CEO

April 23, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Update 

As of today, Humboldt County has 4 known positive COVID-19 cases. Given the global pandemic and potential spread of this virus, it is not a surprise to have positive cases in our county and we have been preparing for this over the last month. We are also continuously monitoring and implementing the latest guidance provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC.

We have been operating our incident command center and feel confident in our approach. We are also grateful for the recent release of restrictions by the federal government which will help us in testing and to provide care. We have testing supplies and will follow the guidance of the health departments to determine if testing is recommended.

With that said, it’s imperative that we all work together and support each other to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the future. For anyone in the community who is ill or needs to seek medical care, we ask that you please call ahead to your primary care provider or other point of care to let them know you have signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.  As always, if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

We continue to restrict visitors to our hospital, Long Term Care, Springvale Assisted Living and Springvale Independent Living to help protect our staff and the people we’re caring for, especially the most vulnerable.  If you have any questions about our services during this time, please call 515-332-4200 and we will gladly assist you.

We have also adjusted our main entrance hours during this time; the doors will be opened and unlocked Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday 6:30 a.m.-8:15 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Please enter through the Emergency Room any other times.

What we need now is the help of our community to ensure our healthcare resources will allow us to continue providing the best care possible. You can help to reduce and potentially prevent the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to follow the current recommendations:

·      Stay home if you’re sick

·      Practice social distancing

·      Avoid community gatherings

·      Wash your hands

·      Be respectful of others, especially the most vulnerable

·      Most importantly, now is the time to stay calm and be informed

These simple steps ARE making a difference.

If you have further questions, the Iowa Department of Public Health is available 24/7 at 2-1-1 to answer any questions you may have, and information may be found on-line at You may also call our hospital at 515-332-4200.

Hang in there as we continue to fight this fight. We’re in this together and we will get through this.

Michelle Sleiter, CEO

***Iowa Code Chapter 22 prohibits the release of information that could lead to the identification of an individual or facility. Humboldt County Public Health and Humboldt County Memorial Hospital is following Iowa law by not releasing information such as the town where an individual lives. Some states have different confidentiality laws; regardless, information related to where an individual lives or has visited is not essential in protecting the public’s health during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

COVID-19 is circulating widely in the state and in our county. A resident’s chance of being exposed to the virus is high, regardless of contact with a confirmed case. This is why all residents are advised to stay home as much as possible, and when they must leave for essential errands like groceries or to get medication, they maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals and avoid groups of people. This is because the risk of exposure to the virus is NOT limited to exposure to a known case; you could just as easily be exposed to an undiagnosed individual who is at the grocery store.***

April 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Update

There are currently NO known cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County.

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital is further limiting our visitation restrictions and implementing screening to all entering our facility to protect the health and safety of our patients, residents, tenants and staff.

Effective Saturday April 4th:

Inpatient Care: No Visitors allowed unless under the following circumstances:

·       End of Life Care

·       Patient is a minor under the age of 18

·       Patient is suffering from confusion or delirium

Emergency Room/Outpatient Areas/Clinic: One designated caregiver per patient

Designated Caregivers defined:

o   Siblings under the age of 16 are not allowed

o   Always remain in patient room as appropriate

o   Limit movement within the facility and avoid common areas

o   Free from illness such as fever, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, runny nose

Long Term Care, Springvale Assisted Living and Springvale Independent Living continue to not allow visitors at this time.

All visitors/vendors will be screened upon arrival to our facility.

We understand these visitor restrictions may be difficult to understand, however, restricting visitors is in the best interest of our patients and staff. We encourage all loved ones to use phone calls or video chats on personal phones or mobile devices to communicate. If the circumstance allows, we can also arrange for you to see your loved one through the window or on our available devices.

While there have not been confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County as of today, the best way to protect our community from being impacted by an outbreak is prevention. This includes visitor restrictions and screenings like we have implemented to protect our most vulnerable populations.

If you feel that you’ve developed symptoms of COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider and if you plan to visit our hospital, Public Health office, UnityPoint Family Medicine Clinic or Walk-in Clinic, please call ahead.

We will continue to provide updates on our website, and Facebook Pages, Humboldt County Memorial Hospital and Humboldt County Public Health.

We’re in this Together.

Michelle Sleiter, CEO


March 23, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Update

There are currently NO known cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County.

As we continue to venture through this new journey together, we want you to know we are here for you should you have any questions. We also want you to know the best place to understand the current facts are by going to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) website at or the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) website at These are the trusted resources for you and your family.

Our hospital will continue to be here to support you in all your healthcare needs. COVID-19 has become the main event but we know you have continued needs for your health. All of our services/departments are open and available to you. During your registration process, we will be taking extra measures to screen you for any COVID-19 exposure risks. This is to protect you and our staff. If you have any questions about our services during this time, please call 515-332-4200 and we will gladly assist you.

We appreciate the outpouring of support from this community in your willingness to step in and help in any way possible.

If you or your business would like to make a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), goggles, gifts (food or other) to staff or a monetary donation please contact Mardi Ratzlaff, Foundation Director at 515-332-7626.

We have received multiple inquiries on homemade masks. We appreciate knowing you are there and ready when we need you. Today, we are equipped with enough masks to get us through a short period of time. There may come a time when we need these from you. If you are interested in making homemade masks please call the Humboldt County Public Health office at 515-332-2492. We are currently tracking individuals available to help us should the need arise.

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

The greatest support you can offer today is by helping us reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Practice social distancing. Be Smart. Stay Apart.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth with your upper arm or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We understand this can be a scary time for you and your family, but we at HCMH are ready to be your partner in this journey.

 Michelle Sleiter, CEO

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March 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Update

There are currently NO known cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County.

Based on the current COVID-19 situation and recommendations by our expert resources, HCMH will be taking the next step in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

*Effective immediately and until further notice,

HCMH will be restricting all visitors to Springvale Independent Living. *exceptions for essential care will be approved on a case by case basis.

Long Term Care and Assisted Living are continuing to restrict all visitors.

Our Inpatient Care Unit will now be limiting each patient to one designated visitor over the age of 18. This is the only visitor allowed to be with this patient during their stay. Visiting times are not limited to any specific time.

Our Emergency Room, Surgery Department and Pain Center will be limiting each patient to one visitor, over the age of 18, for the duration of their visit.

*Beginning on Monday March 23rd, our surgery department and radiology department will be limiting non-essential services over the next two weeks. These services include routine screening colonoscopies, routine mammograms, bone density imaging, CT lung cancer screening and CT calcium scoring. All other procedures and exams will be evaluated by our physicians and surgeons to determine when a test or procedure is necessary. 

These decisions do not come lightly, and our top priority is the health and safety of all our patients, residents, tenants and staff.

If you have any questions during this time, please reach out to your health care provider or contact the hospital directly at 515-332-4200.


March 18, 2020 at 1:05 p.m. 

Family Members and Visitors of Humboldt County Memorial Hospital

Following Gov. Reynolds issuing a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan effective at noon on Tuesday, March 18th. HCMH will not be allowing visitors/families to eat lunch at the hospital. Meals will continue to be served to staff per new guidelines.

March 14, 2020 at 1:05 p.m.

Family Members and Visitors of Humboldt County Memorial Hospital

Following President Trumps declaration, CMS (Medicare) revised their guidance for visitation. 

Effective immediately and until further notice, HCMH will be restricting all visitors and volunteers to Long Term Care and Assisted Living. 

While this may be hard for families and friends who cannot visit their loved ones, our number 1 priority is to keep all our patients, residents and staff safe and healthy. We welcome and will support non-face to face communication methods. 

Our Inpatient Care Unit will have visitor restrictions. This includes limiting visitors to immediate family only and no children under the age of 18. Visiting hours will remain 1:00pm to 7:00pm.

*Exceptions will be made for end of life care.

At this time, we have not limited visiting hours in our Independent Living facility. However, we respectfully ask that you re-evaluate the need for your visit prior to coming. DO NOT visit if you are exhibiting flu like symptoms including but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. It may be in the best interest to find alternative methods to communicate with these individuals. 

Genevieve’s will be closed until further notice. 

For those community members using our dietary department for meals, please consider the necessity of this visit to the hospital. 

As of this moment, there are NO known cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County.

We are actively monitoring this situation with Public Health and the CDC. Please check our website, Facebook page or KHBT for continued updates. 

If you have any questions, please contact the hospital at 515-332-4200.

March 13, 2020 at 6:10 p.m.

Important Humboldt County COVID-19 Public Service Announcement:

Know the facts about COVID-19 and help stop the spread of rumors. 

There are no known cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County or community spread in Iowa as of Friday March 13th.  

• If you are concerned that you may have or have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider or call the Iowa Department of Public Health call center at 211. 

 • COVID-19 symptoms are generally mild and similar to any common cold or influenza such as sore throat, cough, fever, etc. Monitor your symptoms from home and if your respiratory condition worsens contact your healthcare provider. 

o There is currently no treatment or vaccine available.
• Wearing a mask is not recommended for the healthy general public. Masks need to be saved for sick patients by helping contain the spread of germs. 
• There is no need to stockpile supplies beyond a few days. This includes toilet paper, hand sanitizer, hand soaps, cleaning supplies and water. 
o Municipal tap water is safe.
• Help stop the spread of germs by:
• Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid close contact with people. Do not shake hands or hug.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with the crook of your elbow, not your hands. 
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Regularly disinfect doorknobs, tables, desks, cell phones, remotes, handrails and light switches.
• Take advantage of warmer air and open your windows.
• Stay home when you are sick. Humboldt County will thank you.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please call Humboldt Public Health or Humboldt County Memorial Hospital.

March 13th at 11:58 a.m.

Family Members and Visitors of Humboldt County Memorial Hospital

Based on the most recent information shared by CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health on COVID-19, we have determined it is in the best interest of our residents and patients at Humboldt County Memorial Hospital to implement a health screening on all visitors wishing to come to Inpatient Care, Long Term Care or Assisted Living.

We will also be limiting the hours of visitation to these locations as stated below:

Inpatient Care 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Long Term Care 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Springvale Assisted Living 1:00pm to 5:00pm
*Exceptions will be made for end of life care.

As of this moment, there are NO known cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County, however the safety of our residents is our number 1 priority. The visiting restriction and screening will occur until further notice.

We kindly ask at this time that you STOP and think if your visit is necessary, and we ask that you DO NOT visit if you are exhibiting flu like symptoms including but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Thank you for understanding.

If you have any questions, please contact the hospital at 515-332-4200.