COVID-19 | Vaccine Updates

A global respiratory illness was discovered in late 2019 that causes very severe illness and death in some; and very minor symptoms in others. There is still a lot to learn about the disease for which there is no known cure. The disease is present in all 99 counties in Iowa. It’s important for every Iowan to do their part to help slow the spread of the disease.

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Wayne County Public Health
105 N. Lafayette Street | Corydon, Iowa 50060



Monday - Friday: 8am - 4:00pm

Know How It Spreads

The best way to prevent getting the virus is to not be exposed to it in the first place.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).


  • Wash your hands often,  with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Use a hand sanitizer with 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 at least six feet from others at all times.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
    • The mask helps to protect others if you are sick and don’t know it.
    • Everyone should wear a mask when in public settings; especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Continue to maintain social distancing even when wearing a mask.
  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.


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.

Through Test Iowa at-home, a partnership between the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the State Hygienic Lab (SHL), Iowans will be able to receive a free test kit, collect a saliva sample at home, return the sample by UPS and receive results through email.

Beginning Friday, July 16, Iowans may choose to pick up a test kit from a site in their community or have a kit sent to their home at no cost. Each test kit includes step-by-step instructions including how to activate the test kit, collect the test sample, return sample to SHL and when to expect results. The current Test Iowa website will be updated to facilitate the process for requesting test kits and will feature a test kit site locator tool. There are approximately 125 pick-up sites registered throughout the state.

WAYNE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH is a Pick up site. You can call our office at 641-872-1167 to schedule a pick up test kit Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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