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We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated once a COVID-19 vaccine is available in the United States. While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Safety is a top priority, and there are many reasons to get vaccinated.

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Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19​


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Jasper County Board of Health COVID-19 Update

Jasper County Board of Health

Position Statement: Mitigation during COVID-19

In response to peaking numbers and the healthcare systems on the verge of a crisis, the Jasper County Board of Health STRONGLY RECOMMENDS the following:

  • Wear a cloth face-covering
  • Social distance (staying 6 feet away from others).
  • Limit social gatherings. With upcoming holidays and other celebrations, it is encouraged to do virtual visits with family members and friends.
  • Stay home when you are sick or exposed to COVID-19.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days even with a negative test.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Get your flu shot

The Board of Health encourages business owners, churches, service clubs, schools, and any other groups to require face masks before entering the establishment. The Board of Health’s role is to protect the health of Jasper County. We need to come together as a community to ensure our healthcare resources can continue to provide quality care to our community. We know the upward trend in positive cases will continue without mitigation strategies.

Wearing face coverings is one way we can help to keep our local businesses and schools open. We need everyone to do their part to help Jasper County. Wearing face coverings protects you, those around you, and the community.

Margot Voshell, Chair                    Dr. Andrew Cope                                    Mike Balmer

Donna Akins                                                John Van RysWyk

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Becky Pryor, Administrator | phone  641.787.9224 | Website: | Email:


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Project ReConnect

Project ReConnect helps low-income homeowners fund electrical repairs.

Alliant Energy grants $250,000 for low-income customers in Iowa.  Click here to go to the website.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – August 24, 2020 – Alliant Energy and community partners have teamed up to create the “Project ReConnect” program to fund electrical repairs that will allow power to be restored after the derecho on August 10. Through this program, Alliant Energy is working with our customers in need.

As Alliant Energy has restored power to communities following the storm, many customers are unable to receive available power due to extensive damage to their exterior electrical system that is the responsibility of the customer. This includes the meter box, service mast and weatherhead.

Through Project ReConnect, Alliant Energy through its foundation is providing funds to United Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI), Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP), Mid-Iowa Community Action and Community Action of Eastern Iowa to assist its customers who can’t afford the expenses of an electrician to make necessary repairs to their home.

Project ReConnect covers the costs for a licensed electrician to make these repairs. Once the repairs are made, Alliant Energy can restore available power to the home. The cost for an electrician to make these repairs can be up to $1,500.

Alliant Energy customers who need financial assistance to pay for these repairs are encouraged to contact their local community action agency, such as HACAP, Mid-Iowa Community and Community Action of Eastern Iowa, to apply. Income guidelines will be applied to customers who apply to these agencies.

“We understand how incredibly difficult it is to be without power. We are proud of our crews’ efforts in restoring power to the majority of our customers, and we won’t stop until all the lights are back on,” said Terry Kouba, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “We are pleased to partner with several organizations to help our most vulnerable customers who are hurting and rebuild the communities we live in and love.”

To date, Alliant Energy through its foundation has provided $250,000 to Project ReConnect statewide. This includes a match that doubles the amount that Alliant Energy employees, retirees and the board of directors are giving to the program. UWECI is donating $40,000 for the five-county area they serve in eastern Iowa. Also, Border States Electric, a long-time business partner of Alliant Energy, is providing an additional $10,000. Alliant Energy and its foundation are hopeful that the total amount to be given to Project ReConnect will reach over $400,000.

The community action agencies are identifying eligible customers and dispatching electricians to customers as quickly as possible.

“Community Action Agencies express our thanks for the quick response of the Alliant Energy Foundation to address the needs of Iowans who are struggling to get their electricity reconnected due to the recent derecho.  Project ReConnect will allow hundreds of Iowans to take an important step towards recovery from the damage they have incurred,” said Lana Shope, Executive Director of the Iowa Community Action Association. “Project ReConnect is another example of Iowans coming together to help our communities address the needs of our friends and neighbors and we appreciate the leadership of the Alliant Energy Foundation in making Project Reconnect happen.”

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Iowa Department of Human Services

There are many efforts underway to get help to those who have been affected by the derecho on August 10. The DHS website is the best place to access our resources all in one place. Items shared through social media may not be complete or have all the information you need to ensure access the correct resources.

For information on DHS derecho recovery resources, including food assistance replacement, visit our website at:



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DHS Applications

Iowa Department of Human Services Applications

Food Assistance Replacement Form

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Paper Forms can be submitted to:

Jasper County DHS
215 N 2nd Ave E
Suite H
Newton, IA 50208
641-792-1955      OR       800-342-0829

FEMA-Individual Assistance

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Call FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362

Iowa Department of Human Services-Derecho Resources Site

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DHS Announces Resources for Iowans Affected by Severe Weather

August 12, 2020

(Des Moines, Iowa) – The Department of Human Services (DHS) announces resources for families affected by the severe weather system that moved across Iowa and caused widespread damage on Monday, August 10.

Iowa families who currently receive Food Assistance can request to replace food that was destroyed or spoiled as the result of storm damage or power outage. The application form and instructions for submission can be found on the DHS website here. Completed applications forms must be received by DHS 10 calendar days from date of discovery of food loss (not from when the storm/incident occurred) to be considered for replacement. There are minimum timeframes to claim spoilage as a result of a power outage. The outage must be at least four hours for refrigerated items and 24 to 48 hours for freezer replacement.

Additionally, all eligible residents of Disaster Proclaimed counties (Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clarke, Clinton, Dallas, Greene, Grundy, Hardin, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, and Washington) can apply for the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program. The program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $43,440 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Program application and instructions can be found here.

“There are many Iowans who sustained extensive damage to their homes, who are still without power and who need to feed their families. Our disaster related resources exist for these exact scenarios and we are working hard to connect with those in need,” said Janee Harvey, DHS Division Administrator of Adult, Child and Family Services.

Disaster Proclamations may be issued for additional counties. Those counties will be listed on the DHS site, here.

If you or someone you know needs assistance accessing these resources, please use our DHS Office Locator to find the office nearest you, or call 1-877-347-5678.

Media contact:
Matt Highland

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Disaster Proclamation

Governor Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for Jasper County in response to a severe weather system that moved across Iowa and caused widespread damage August 10. The proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $43,440 for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website:

Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim. Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit

Residents of Jasper County are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. This information is being collected by the Jasper County Emergency Operations Center and Jasper County Emergency Management. The form can be found at:

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