Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Public

A cloth face mask can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. Protect yourself and your community by wearing a face covering when out in public and when social distancing is not possible. 

Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings for the Public

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

About Cloth Face Coverings

How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings

Washing Cloth Face Coverings

How to Make a Cloth Face Covering - Sew and No Sew

Iowa Governor Reynolds Asks Iowans to #StepUpMaskUpIA

CDC Calls on Americans to Wear Masks

U.S. Surgeon General Explains Making a Quick Homemade Mask



IDPH and its public and private partners continue to respond to COVID-19. It is important for Iowans to be aware of how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their community.

  • It is normal to be concerned about a new virus.
    • Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death.
    • Prevention of COVID-19 is the same as that for other respiratory illnesses (like flu):
      • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
      • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
      • Contain germs by staying home when ill

For the most current information from the CDC, click here.

CDC Guidance for Handlers of Service and Therapy Animals

CDC's What to do if You Are Sick (IDPH recommends the non-test based strategy discussed in this document)

CDC's Quarantine and Isolation Explained

Telehealth Options for Iowans

Guidance for Iowans to Sew Cloth Gowns for Healthcare Providers

Religious Facilities and Places of Worship Guidance (4.27.20)

Addressing Anxiety Regarding COVID-19

Information about Blood Donations and How to Donate

Travelers Returning from Cruise Ship and River Cruise Voyages

Children and COVID-19

Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings

Iowa Poison Control Center Alert: Serious Toxicity from Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine