Trinity Muscatine Public Health
Trinity Muscatine Public Healthhttps://www.unitypoint.org/quadcities/muscatine-public-health.aspx
Trinity Muscatine Public Health provides health education, wellness, and outreach activities for individuals and groups within Muscatine County and the surrounding area. Trinity Muscatine Public Health (TMPH) is contracted by Muscatine County to provide essential public health services for the residents of Muscatine County, working in coordination with the Muscatine County Board of Health. We also have a number of grants to provide additional health-related services to residents in Cedar, Louisa and Muscatine Counties.

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 Viruses constantly change when they spread from person-to-person and new strains of a virus (called variants) are expected to occur. 

• Many COVID-19 variants have been found in the United States and globally during this pandemic. 

• Some variants are found and disappear quickly. Other times, new variants stick around and spread. This may occur because the variant is passed from person-to-person more easily, resistant to existing treatments, or resistant to existing vaccines. 

The Delta variant (B.1.617.2) is currently the most common COVID-19 virus strain circulating around in the US, the region, in Iowa, and Muscatine County

• The Delta variant was originally found in India in December 2020, becoming visible in the US in March 2021

• The Delta variant spreads more easily than other variants which is why COVID-19 cases are increasing in the US and in Iowa. 

• The CDC indicates the currently available vaccines are effective against the Delta variant. 

For those who get an mRNA vaccine, the second dose of vaccine provides a higher level of protection. Because of this, it is important for people get both doses once beginning this series of vaccines. According to the CDC, if you received the J&J vaccine it is not required for you to receive any additional vaccines. 

People who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are most at risk of contracting, being hospitalized for, and dying from COVID-19 as statistics currently show across the US and our state. 

• The best way to stop the spread of all COVID-19 virus strains, including the Delta variant, is for unvaccinated people to get fully vaccinated. 

• If the COVID-19 virus strains continue to spread from person-to-person, new variants will continue to occur. COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the variants that are currently circulating, so all eligible people are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

• Getting vaccinated protects against the current virus strains and decreases the chances of a vaccine-resistant variant developing in the future. 

• According to the CDC, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Muscatine County is considered a high transmission county. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view 

Muscatine County, please consider masking up in public indoor locations to increase mitigation efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our county, protecting our most vulnerable populations. 

For information and updates related to COVID-19, visit Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC. 

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