Resources, Communication and Guidance



Re-Opening Guidelines and Resources:

Childcare Centers
Grocery, Convenience Stores
General Businesses and Establishments
Tattoo Establishments
  • Tattoo Guidance (5/13/20)- pdf
Events and Large Gatherings

Garage Sale Guidance: pdf

Toolkit Guidance:

Helpful Information

Press Releases
  • Health Department Asking Community for Thermometer Donations (3/26/20) pdf
  • Additional Closures Added to Governor Reynolds Proclamation (3/22/20) pdf
  • Health Department Urges Businesses to Follow Governor's Directive (3/21/20) pdf
  • Health Department Confirms First Case of COVID-19 in Cerro Gordo Country (3/21/20) pdf
  • Volunteer and Assistance Information for Those Affected by COVID-19 (3/19/20) pdf
  • Health Department Provides Guidance for Childcare Centers (3/15/20): pdf
  • Health Department Mass Gathering Recommendations for COVID-19(3/14/20): pdf
  • Cerro Gordo County to Open Call Center for COVID-19 (3/11/20) pdf
  • Cerro Gordo County Prepares for COVID-19 (2/28/20) pdf
  • Cerro Gordo County COVID-19 Call Center is Closing (6/19/20) pdf


  • Recently, the State of Iowa announced a new initiative called Test Iowa. Gov. Reynolds has asked all Iowans to take the short online assessment to see if you should get tested for COVID-19 or not. To our knowledge, the only testing site established through this initiative is in Des Moines. If you qualify for testing based upon the assessment, call the MercyOne Health Line at 641-428-7777 for an initial phone screening. They will provide instructions for testing if you meet the criteria per the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines. Do not show up to the mobile testing site without an appointment.
  • For more information on the Test Iowa Initiative or to take the assessment, visit

A novel (new) coronavirus was detected in thousands of people worldwide and continues to spread. The infection, called COVID-19, can be spread from person to person. Symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.  There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 at this time. The most important things to do are:

  • Avoid contact with people who are ill.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth with your upper arm or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay at home and practice social distancing.

Please reference the tools listed below for more specific information: