COVID-19 Information & Response

COVID-19 in Black Hawk County

Black Hawk County Health Department continues to work with local health and community partners to respond to COVID-19 in our community.

Information on this site is meant to help Black Hawk County residents, businesses, media, and others better understand what is happening in our community, and how best to prepare and respond as the situation evolves.

Below is the CDC tool to monitor COVID-19 Community Levels. Each county’s COVID-19 Community Level is ranked as low, medium, or highmmunity’s level 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 Quarantine Guidance

CDC Face Mask Guidance

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 as of 1/10/22- regarding eligibility for vaccines ages 5+; eligibility for boosters age 12+; and the timing of boosters and extra doses for immunocompromised.
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.”
The Black Hawk County Health Department provides COVID-19 guidance for childcare providers. Updated 08-17-21.
Black Hawk County Health Department provides updated COVID-19 guidance for families who have children in childcare settings. Updated 8-17-21.
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
Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

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

Updated CDC Guidance
State and National Resources