Ringgold County Public Health

Ringgold County Public Health Please visit www.rcph.net for details of services offered by Ringgold County Public Health.
The Ringgold County Public Health Nursing Agency provides comprehensive public health, mental health, and environmental health services for residents of Ringgold County. Besides offering health care to individuals and families, our agency is also responsible for testing county water supplies, testing for radon gas, permitting wells and septic systems, overseeing well rehabilitation and making inspections. We provide skilled home nursing visits, certified home care aide services and homemaker services, which may include preparing meals, doing laundry, dusting, vacuuming, planning meals and shopping for groceries. We have an excellent emergency notification system, which helps keep all of the public informed and accounted for in the event of emergencies. The Ringgold County Public Health Nursing Agency also helps families give their children the best possible start in life. Our clinics and programs include providing childhood immunizations and offering parent educators as part of our Parents as Teachers (PAT) early-learning experiences. We also coordinate mental health services through our agency. Services may be reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, or private pay based on a sliding fee scale. The agency staff communicates with your insurance provider and will do the billing for you. Insurance may cover services based on your physician's orders, your ability to leave your home and your need for skilled, intermittent care at home. Ringgold County Public Health works with Clarke County Environmental Services to administer on-site wastewater treatment and disposal system permitting and inspection, private well drilling permits and plugging assistance, radon awareness/indoor air quality, and public health nuisance complaints.
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The Ringgold County Public Health Nursing Agency provides a comprehensive public health, mental health, and environmental health services for residents of Ringgold County. Besides caring for individuals and families, our work includes testing county water supplies, testing for radon gas, permitting wells and septic systems, overseeing well rehabilitation and making inspections. We provide skilled home nursing visits, certified home care aide services and special homemaker services, which may include preparing meals, doing laundry, dusting, vacuuming, planning meals and shopping for groceries. We have an excellent emergency notification system, which helps keep all of the public informed and accounted for in the event of emergencies. The Ringgold County Public Health Nursing Agency also helps families give their children the best possible start in life. Our clinics and programs include providing childhood immunizations, tobacco use prevention education and offering Parent Mentors as part of our Parents as Teachers (PAT) early-learning experiences. We also provide mental health services through our agency. Please visit the Mental Health page for more information. Services may be reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. The agency staff communicates with your insurance provider and will do the billing for you. Insurance may cover services based on your physician's orders, your ability to leave your home and your need for skilled, intermittent care at home. Ringgold County Public Health administers on-site wastewater treatment and disposal system permitting and inspection, private well drilling permits and plugging assistance, radon awareness/indoor air quality, and public health nuisance complaints. More information on these programs at the Environmental Health page.

Mission: We want all children of Ringgold County to learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential. We are here to serve the residents of our county to help them to remain in their home environment for as long as possible.

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05/20/2020

Updates from Ringgold County Public Health regarding COVID-19:

• Please support your medical community during this challenging time and learn the facts
• Testing continues to take place routinely through local medical care providers, surrounding medical care providers, employer/strike teams, and TestIowa (https://www.testiowa.com)
• Surrounding county large employers are testing workers due to exposure to positive cases
• Symptoms of COVID-19 include: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of sense of taste/smell, and sometimes gastro-intestinal symptoms (such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting).
• Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus
• Older adults and those with underlying health conditions are at greater risk; this includes persons who smoke (this would be a great time to quit :) )
• Community spread is occurring in all Iowa communities. Wearing a cloth mask when out for essential errands helps protect yourself and those you come into contact with
• The science of COVID-19 continues to evolve
• Most people recover from this viral illness; the goal is to not overwhelm hospital systems so that all in need could receive care/treatment
• One person can spread this illness quite rapidly without intent; stay home, even if you are mildly ill
• Public health, in Ringgold County, has opted to complete all disease investigation, contact tracing, and outbreak monitoring; the state, with support from the National Guard, will take over that process for any county if they are overwhelmed due to limited staff and high numbers of cases
• For contact tracing, we look back for 2 days to all who had contact with the positive individual within 6 feet for 30 minutes or more
• National death reports are not being deliberately skewed; accurate national data includes spikes of excess mortality https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm

109 W. Madison Street
Mount Ayr, IA 50854
Phone: 641-464-0691
Fax: 641-464-2476

05/19/2020
Tri-County Health Department

Tri-County Health Department

--PSA--
-Gentry County has its Fourth Positive Case of COVID-19. The patient is a female in her 90's who is stable.
-Dekalb County has its 5th Positive Case of COVID-19. The patient is a male who is a household contact to a positive case. If you have not been contacted by the Health Department you are not considered a close contact.
The health department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including good hygiene, social distancing and limiting in-person interactions. If you are sick, particularly with a fever and a cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your health care provider or urgent care center for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.
The best tips for prevention are still social distancing and proper hand washing. Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others will help us limit any spread.

05/19/2020
Ringgold County Auditor

Ringgold County Auditor

At their regular meeting today Monday, May 18th, the Ringgold County Board of Supervisors decided to keep the courthouse closed to the public, with the exception that the public will be allowed access by appointment to conduct essential business as deemed necessary by the department head. They will revisit this temporary policy on June 8th.

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05/18/2020
Tri-County Health Department

Tri-County Health Department

--PSA--
Worth County has its Third Positive Case of COVID-19. The patient is a female in her 70's who is at home and doing well. The individual is a household contact to a positive case, and is isolated at home. If you have not been contacted by the Health Department you are not considered a close contact.
The health department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including good hygiene, social distancing and limiting in-person interactions. If you are sick, particularly with a fever and a cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your health care provider or urgent care center for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.
The best tips for prevention are still social distancing and proper hand washing. Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others will help us limit any spread.

Iowa COVID-19 Information
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If you are the parent of a child under age 7 years, we would like you to help in the creation of future developmental screenings. Please click the link below and complete the free online questionnaire about your child(ren)! Thanks so much! Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Robin McDonnell at Ringgold County Public Health at 641-464-0691

Do you work with children under 7 years of age? If so, you can support the research and development of ASQ-4! Share this website with families in your program and encourage them to complete a free online questionnaire!

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05/11/2020

Take time for self care. Focusing on yourself will create a happier you to share with others.

Over the next week, take time to reset your attitude, unplug from all the noise and care for your emotional and mental health. Start today and do one of these simple strategies. After 7 days, you’ll feel smarter, healthier and happier!
1. Make joyful connections to people and things. (Video chat with friends; make art, garden, exercise, etc.)
2. Practice a relaxation technique. (For 15 minutes, do breathing exercises, practice mindfulness or muscle relaxation.)
3. Keep learning. (Take virtual tours of museums and historical sites or sign up for a free online course.)
4. Read for fun. (Tune out social media and tv, and crack open a mystery, romance or sci-fi novel.)
5. Take shuteye seriously. (Adopt good sleep habits and maintain a sleep schedule.)
6. Cook something indulgent or special. (You’ll have something to look forward to and enjoy.)
7. Use positive self-talk. (Repeat a calming mantra when needed: “Let it go.” “Relax. Release.” “I will stay calm and carry on”.)

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109 W Madison St
Mount Ayr, IA
50854

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(641) 464-0691

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The Ringgold County Public Health Nursing Agency provides a comprehensive public health, mental health, and environmental health services for residents of Ringgold County. Besides caring for individuals and families, our work includes testing county water supplies, testing for radon gas, permitting wells and septic systems, overseeing well rehabilitation and making inspections. We provide skilled home nursing visits, certified home care aide services and special homemaker services, which may include preparing meals, doing laundry, dusting, vacuuming, planning meals and shopping for groceries. We have an excellent emergency notification system, which helps keep all of the public informed and accounted for in the event of emergencies. The Ringgold County Public Health Nursing Agency also helps families give their children the best possible start in life. Our clinics and programs include providing childhood immunizations, tobacco use prevention education and offering Parent Mentors as part of our Start-2-Soar (S2S) early-learning experiences. We also provide mental health services through our agency. Please visit the Mental Health page for more information. Services may be reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. The agency staff communicates with your insurance provider and will do the billing for you. Insurance may cover services based on your physician's orders, your ability to leave your home and your need for skilled, intermittent care at home. Ringgold County Public Health administers on-site wastewater treatment and disposal system permitting and inspection, private well drilling permits and plugging assistance, radon awareness/indoor air quality, and public health nuisance complaints. More information on these programs at the Environmental Health page.

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