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  Monroe County, Iowa - Public Health


Individuals should stay home and isolate if they are experiencing any 1 high-risk symptom or two low risk symptoms related to COVID-19-
• High Risk symptoms- New cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell.
• Low Risk symptoms- Fever, headache, muscle and body aches, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
Anyone experiencing a high risk symptom or combination of low risk symptoms are advised to seek an evaluation by a healthcare provider.

Everyday prevention practices:
• Our best guidance for staying healthy is to avoid groups of people or gatherings and keep your circle of contacts small.
• Wash your hands for 20 seconds and wash them frequently.
• Avoid touching your face and cover sneezes and coughs.
• Practice social distancing consistently.
• Stay home when you are ill. If ill, call your healthcare provider’s office before visiting to ensure proper precautions and safety for all.

Social distancing is maintaining 6ft of distance or more while at work or out in the community away from your home. Social distancing should be maintained whenever possible when you are spending time with non-household members
42,000 lives are saved and 20 million cases of disease are prevented for each U.S. birth cohort using the current childhood immunization schedule.
Immunizations provided by calling for appointment. 641-932-7191
We have Foot Clinics the 3rd Thursday of the month at Benton Place Apartments.
Call for an appointment.


HOPES – HFA Affiliate (Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success-Healthy Families America Affiliate)
Child Care Health Consultant
Homemaker Service Programs available for both elderly individuals living in Monroe County and for caregivers of elderly individuals in the county. Interested individuals can inquire about eligibility to Dana Cockrell, RN at phone number 641-932-7191 or at

HOPES Is a family support program designed to empower families to become and remain healthy and strong. This program is affiliated with Prevent Child Abuse America. Funding for HOPES comes from: 4 Counties for Kids-Early Childhood Iowa. (formerly empowerment) Monroe County Iowa Community Foundation Grant and Monroe County Public Health.

Adverse Childhood Experiences
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1801 South B Street
Albia IA 52531

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

Phone Number:

FAX Number:

Public Health Administrator:
Kim Hugen, RN

Employees in the Public Health Office:
Dana Cockrell, RN, BSN
HCA Director
Assistant Administrator

Jennifer Grinstead
Office Manager

Julie Kaster
Assistant Office Manager

Chris Golston, RN, MSN
HOPES program manager

Katelyn Shannon

Taylor Hunter-Francis

Public Health Forms / Employment Opportunities:
Downloadable forms
used in the Public Health office & job listings for employment with Monroe County Public Health

Public Health Links:
CDC Seasonal Flu


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