COVID-19 Information & Response

COVID-19 in Black Hawk County

Black Hawk County Public Health continues to work with local health and community partners to respond to COVID-19 and is monitoring changes related to the end of the national emergency and public health emergency declarations that have been in place since early 2020. See below for links to testing, vaccination, and other CDC resources.

To best protect yourself and others:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Stay up to date with boosters.
  • Test for COVID-19 if you are sick or have been exposed to the virus.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wear a high-quality mask when you are sick and/or community levels are high.

Below is the CDC tool to monitor COVID-19 Community Levels. Each county’s COVID-19 Community Level is ranked as low, medium, or high and is determined by a combination of:

  • How many people with COVID-19 have been admitted into local hospitals in the last week
  • How many local hospital beds are filled with COVID-19 patients
  • How many new COVID-19 cases the county has had in the last week

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Testing Options

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

CDC Isolation and Precautions Guidance

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Latest News & Updates

110722_Press Release_ COVID-19 Booster Clinic

Black Hawk County Public Health is hosting a community COVID-19 booster clinic on Friday, November 18 from 8:30-11:30 am and 1-6 pm at the Public Health Center located on the 5th Floor of the Pinecrest Building, 1407 Independence Avenue, Waterloo.

021622_IDPH Reviews COVID-19 Reporting Transitions on IDPH Website

The following press release was released by IDPH on 2/16/22 regarding COVID-19Reporting changes on the IDPH website.‍ Vaccine and testing information can also be found on this website at

02022022_Press Release_COVID-19 Investigations

Downloads & Resources
Public health officials from Black Hawk, Linn, and Johnson counties have put together this document to guide staff in these settings toward the best way to prevent the spread of illness among attendees.
All currently approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and reduce your risk of severe illness. CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another.
Updated information for employers to reflect new quarantine and isolation guidelines from the CDC.
Visit the CDC's "Answers to Tough Questions" page on children and vaccinations for messaging guidance that helps answer questions such as: “Why should children get the COVID-19 vaccine?” and “Will children experience any side effects from the vaccine? I’ve heard about myocarditis.”
Get a COVID-19 Test

If you're in need of a COVID-19 test, or are unsure if you should be tested, start here! There are several options available for COVID-19 testing through local providers, as well as free, easy-to-use, at-home test kits.

COVID-19 Testing Information
CDC Isolation and Precautions Guidance

To protect your friends, family, and community, stay home when you are sick. For updated CDC guidance, click the link below.

Updated CDC Guidance
State and National Resources