Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) Information & Resources

COVID-19 Update - Oct. 13, 2021


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Additional COVID-19 Info & Vaccine Updates

Thanks for checking the Spencer Hospital website and Facebook page as news is changing frequently.

  • There is an informational webpage on this site specific to COVID-19 Vaccine Information, which will be updated as new information becomes available. Click on this link to access: COVID-19 Vaccination Information
  • To access the Iowa Department of Public Health's information page on vaccination progress across the state, click here:  Vaccination Progress
  • For current Visitor Guidelines, please click on the link: Visitor Guidelines

Watch this page for updated information from Spencer Hospital and Clay County Public Health regarding the novel coronavirus 19, known as COVID-19. The impact of the disease can cause situations to change rapidly and we will strive to keep you informed.

State of Iowa COVID-19 Information Line: 211

Local COVID-19 Testing Options

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Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

COVID-19 Call Center

For questions regarding testing options, exposures and quarantine recommendations, please call our local COVID-19 Call Center at 712-264-6514 or Toll Free at 1-800-848-0638.

Spencer Medical Staff Physicians Respond to Frequently Asked Questions

With so much information and misinformation shared regarding COVID-19, local healthcare officials encourage you to visit with your trusted personal physician. Several members of the Spencer Hospital Medical Staff have responded to some frequently asked questions regarding the virus and the available vaccines.

Visitor Restrictions Updated at Spencer Hospital as of Aug. 25, 2021

To protect our patients, families, healthcare workers and community during the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus-19) and to prevent further spread of the disease, visitor restrictions are listed below. All patients and permitted visitors who enter the hospital or any of the clinics MUST bring and wear a mask, covering nose and mouth. Visitors must be 12 years of age or older. 

Inpatient Visitation: 

  • One visitor per patient, cannot rotate visitors throughout the day; however, a different visitor may come the next day.
  • Behavioral Health patients may have one visitor daily by appointment.
  • Exceptions permitted for end-of-life circumstances as determined by physician.
  • Vaccinated clergy member can visit once daily.

Outpatient Visitation: 

  • Outpatients will attend his/her appointment alone, unless requiring assistance.
  • Outpatients may be accompanied by one visitor in the following situations: OB patients; emergency department and same-day surgical patients who need to be accompanied by a support person to receive instructions; and pediatric patients (age 17 years and under)

Visitor Restrictions as of Aug. 25, 2021

Free At-Home Test Kits Now Available Locally

Test Iowa, the state’s free COVID-19 testing program, has transitioned from offering COVID-19 testing at drive-through locations regionally to providing Iowans access to free, self-administered test kits, which are sent into Iowa’s State Hygienic Lab for results. Locally, take-home testing kits will be available to pick up in Spencer Hospital’s emergency department. For complete details plus a "frequently asked questions" update from the Iowa Department of Public Health, check out this article: Free COVID-19 Home Test Kits

COVID-19 Toolkits for Community Members & Businesses:

In need of information to better understand your response related to the COVID-19 virus? The Community Exposure Toolkit is designed to help answer many of your questions, such as how to self-isolate should you be tested for the virus, tips on disinfection, how to care for a family member, and more. The Business Toolkit provides valuable information on how to minimize exposure for your customers and workforce.

Nutrition & Hydration for People Recovering from COVID-19

Caring for Your Child with COVID-19 at Home:

This handout provides helpful information for parents to help take care of their children at home while experiencing symptoms from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Diagnostic Laboratory Testing Price

The price of a COVID-19 test (CPT 87635) at Spencer Hospital is $156.25 (inclusive of supplies, lab equipment and staff time to perform the test). Many insurance companies, as well as government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, have taken steps to ensure coverage to eliminate any out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing. Also, for any self-insured patients, there will not be a bill at this time. Spencer Hospital will seek reimbursement from any applicable government programs which may provide coverage for the test.

Latest News:

Visiting our news page for recent articles on COVID-19 and other health stories: Local Health News

State & Federal Resources:

COVID-19 in Iowa - A State of Iowa website (new on March 24th) created to share comprehensive information regarding novel coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) in Iowa. 

Iowa Department of Public Health - Up-to-date information on diagnosed cases in Iowa, news bulletins and prevention tips.

Updates from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds' office 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - The CDC is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 across the United States, and serves as a source for the latest information.

Valuable Information from the CDC:

Information & Prevention Tips from Spencer Hospital & Clay County Public Health