• Charlene Sims, Journal staff

Commission balks on proposal to install health department awning

MOUND CITY – Linn County Health Department Director Missy Lancaster gave her weekly report to the county commission on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Lancaster reported that the health department had a flu shot clinic at Linn Valley last week and more than 80 people received shots.

Lancaster told the commissioners that she had received a bid for putting an awning on the front of the health department. She said the reason or the awning was to avoid staff and people visiting the health health department for vaccinations and COVID testing did not have to stand out in bad weather.

The bid was from Rockin’ H Construction. Commissioners asked if that was the only bid, and she said she had reached out to several businesses and this was the only one she had received. She reminded the commissioners that this would be paid for by a COVID grant. The commission said they would like to look it over and decide at their next meeting in two weeks.

Lancaster reported the health department activities for the past week. There were 12 breastfeeding peer contacts, four mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) draws, eight family planning contacts, eight COVID vaccinations, many COVID boosters and more than 100 flu shots.

She added that the staff was also in the Sugar Mound Arts and Crafts parade on Saturday and they handed out information on breast cancer awareness.

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