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IDPH and SHL Announce At Home Testing Option

IDPH and SHL Announce At Home Testing Option

This week, Test Iowa, the state’s free COVID-19 testing program will transition from offering COVID-19 testing at drive through locations throughout the state to providing Iowans access to free, self-administered test kits. Since launching in April of 2020, Test Iowa has processed over 540,000 PCR COVID-19 tests. 

Monday, July 12, 2021/Author: Alex Carfrae/Number of views (898)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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IDPH Launches Grant Program for COVID-19 Related Programming

IDPH Launches Grant Program for COVID-19 Related Programming

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announces two new funding opportunities that will support initiatives providing greater equity and access to COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19-related services for those disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021/Author: Sarah Ekstrand/Number of views (427)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.7
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New Fluoridation Law Takes Effect July 1

New Fluoridation Law Takes Effect July 1

Effective today, July 1, a new Iowa law requires an owner or operator of a public water supply system to notify consumers served by the system at least ninety days prior to taking any action to permanently discontinue fluoridation of its water supply. The public water supply must also provide notice to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). A link to the legislation can be found here.

Community water fluoridation is the precise adjustment of natural fluoride levels to the optimal level of 0.7 mg/L to prevent cavities. Some benefits of community water fluoridation include: 

  • A cost-effective and efficient way to prevent and reduce tooth decay.
  • For every $1 spent on community water fluoridation, $38 in dental treatment costs are saved.
  • Reduction in cavities by at least 25% in both children and adults. 
  • A lifetime of cavity prevention regardless of age, income, or education.

“This law will allow for consumers’ awareness of the status of fluoridation in their water supply to ensure they are receiving the needed amount of fluoride to prevent cavities,” said Dr. Bob Russell, Dental Director, Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems. “We continue to support community water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and equitable way to achieve optimal oral health of a population.”

The IDPH Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems monitors the fluoride levels of Iowa communities and provides information, education, and assistance to water supply professionals, health care professionals, and the public. To see the fluoridation status of Iowa counties and towns, visit My Water’s Fluoride.

Any questions related to this law should be directed to Maddie Wilcox, IDPH Legislative Liaison & Policy Advisor, maddie.wilcox@idph.iowa.gov

 

Thursday, July 1, 2021/Author: Sarah Ekstrand/Number of views (932)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.0
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Test Iowa drive-thru sites scheduled to close this week in Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo

Test Iowa drive-thru sites scheduled to close this week in Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo

Three Test Iowa sites will be the first to close later this week as the State prepares to end operations of its drive-thru and clinic COVID-19 testing locations by July 16, 2021.  

Tuesday, June 22, 2021/Author: Sarah Ekstrand/Number of views (1046)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Test Iowa program to end operations on July 16

Test Iowa program to end operations on July 16

IDPH and SHL planning to provide free at-home test kits to Iowa residents

Test Iowa, the state’s large-scale, free COVID-19 testing program which launched in April of last year, will end operations on July 16, 2021. Staggered closings of its drive-thru test sites and clinic locations statewide will occur over the next five weeks.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021/Author: Sarah Ekstrand/Number of views (1385)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 1.3
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