What is COVID-19
To learn about COVID-19 please visit the websites listed below:
Center for Disease Control and Protection:
World Health Organization
Mary J. Treglia will provide updates about related to the impact of COVID-19 as they become available. Please review this page for the latest information and resources. The Iowa Department of Public Health also provides updates here.
Online Health Assessment
To help our states prepare for this expanded testing, Governor Reynolds and Governor Ricketts are asking ALL residents to complete an online health assessment. To complete your assessment and to learn more about the state programs please click on the links below for the state in which you live.
The Siouxland Humane Society has a Pet Food and Supply Bank. Since this has started they have given out over 4000 pounds of pet food, along with other supplies and needs. Agencies that see families in need can refer them to us if they have a need for pet food, supplies or services that will keep their pets in the family. They ask if their financial situation has changed from before COVID19, they come to Shelter and call phone number on the door, answer a couple questions, for social distancing purposes we will set food outside door and they will self-load. 712-252-2614
Western Iowa Tech Community College shared a map of the Free Wi-Fi locations in Sioux City check them out here: https://www.wifimap.io/3381-sioux-city-free-wifi/map
The Red Cross has developed a great checklist for Sheltering at Home. Find that checklist HERE.
The Siouxland District Health Center announced that a designated testing clinic will become available starting on Friday, March 27th . Read the press release here: http://www.siouxlanddistricthealth.org/images/stories/pdfs/docman/COVID-19/3-26-2020_COVID-19_Press_Conference.pdf
Morningside College staff are creating a YouTube Channel of fun learning activities for kids: https://youtu.be/QxSibc6cJ
100+ Fun Things to Do at Home Right Now, From Virtual Tours to Animals Cams and More… 100+ Fun Things to Do at Home Right Now!
17 Fun Indoor Games and Activities for Kids. Break out these creative indoor play ideas for kids while you’re cooped up at home. All you’ll need are a few simple, inexpensive supplies.
Visit this website to find a food pantry in the Siouxland area: siouxlandfoodbank.org/…/sioux-city-pantries
The Food Bank of Siouxland is partnering with Tyson and the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA to provide protein to those in need during this COVID-19 crisis. The distribution from the truck will begin on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1 p.m. and will continue Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or until the donation has been fully distributed. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the Y at 402-404-8439 (this IS the correct #. If you get a bad signal, retry).
The 24 meal sites of the Sioux City Community School Dist. now have extended serving times. Please see the updated list: https://www.siouxcityschools.org/news/sccsd-free-meal-program-for-children-ages-1-18-open-sites-in-response-to-covid-19-school-closure/
Division of Iowa Community Action Agencies has extended the application period for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through May 31, 2020. Families can apply for the Energy Assistance program at their local community action agency. This program can help pay a portion of an eligible household’s utility bill. Eligibility is based on household size and income. Community action agencies have other types of help available, such as food and clothing pantries, and other services. https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/where-apply.
A free COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline developed by Iowa Legal Aid in partnership with the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Volunteer Lawyer Project went live April 1. Iowans experiencing any type of legal problem due to the pandemic, such as facing eviction, being denied unemployment benefits, experiencing employment issues, or being a victim of identity theft, can call 1-800-332-0419 More information at www.iowalegalaid.org
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa has several resources available. The Health Well Foundation is providing up to $250 assistance to families via phone applications only with costs associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation and telehealth as a result of COVID-19 risk or incidence. Find more information here: Financial Assistance to Families
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It began in the United States in 1949 with the purpose to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale.
Boys and Girls Home and Family Services Mental health services to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Telehealth services. 712-293-4700
Heartland Counseling Services, Inc. Provides a wide range of services to anyone, has multilingual services available, and offers Telehealth therapy available.
402-494-3337 Crisis Line: 402-494-7655
Plains Area Mental Health Center Mental health services for people of all ages and background. Telehealth services available. 1-800-325-1192
The Salvation Army has a Chaplain Support Line for anyone that needs emotional or spiritual care.
Siouxland Mental Health Center Offering Psychiatry, Therapy and Community Support services to all, regardless of ability to pay. 712-252-3871
Dial 2-1-1 Available 24/7
(402) 552-6645 8AM – 8PM CST
7 Days a Week
Multi-Lingual Hotline available to help expand access and capacity to Iowans who are limited in English. Interpretations available in Spanish, Arabic, Swahili, Kinyarawanda, Kirundi/Kinyamulenge, French, Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Nepali, Somali, Tigrinya, Kunama, Amharic, Nuer, Mabaan, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and more. 1-877-558-2609