Emergency Operations Center 330 W. Second St. Ottumwa, IA 52501

Building teams and systems for a well prepared community

Wapello County
Emergency Managment Agency

Serving the communities of Agency, Blakesburg, Chillicothe,
Eddyville, Eldon, Kirkville, Ottumwa and Wapello County. 

Wapello County Test Iowa

The clinic is open 5 days per week! 
Monday – Friday, 

Afternoons and evenings. 
Register with the button below. 

The QR code generated at registration is REQUIRED. You may bring a print copy or we can scan it from your phone. This is NOT a drive through site, it is a clinic site and you must come inside, however, DO NOT come inside until your scheduled time.  Masks are required and provided if needed. Clinic staff are not able to assist with registration. 

Click to schedule an appointment

Updated guidance on isolation and quarantine periods 

Symptoms may appear up to 14 days from exposure to a sick person or positive case. If you develop symptoms OR are exposed to someone with COVID, this graphic explains the guidelines to help you keep from spreading the virus to others. 

Wapello County COVID vaccine rollout plan

Information from Wapello County Public Health regarding the current status of vaccine rollout in our county. 

COVID-19 guide on Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation periods are for those who are sick.  Quarantine is for those who are exposed to sick people. You are shedding the virus 2 days prior to the onset of symptoms. 

Quarantine rules updated on Dec. 4, 2020 

ISOLATION is for those who are sick (symptomatic or test positive). Isolation begins with onset of symptoms or date of positive test, and lasts for ten days. QUARANTINE is for those with direct exposure to those who are sick (less than six feet for 15 minutes or more). Individuals who develop symptoms or test positive have exposed people for 48 prior to symptoms or the positive test.

Wapello County COVID case information

Wapello County specific positive case analysis and death analysis. 
Click on the oval below to go to the stats page. 

Our local clinics are    
just a phone call away   

Call with questions  
regarding COVID-19 or any other health concern.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call 911



Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting

Go to CDC Symptom Checker

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face

This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resources and Information


As communities begin to plan and hold events and gatherings, the CDC offers the following considerations for enhancing protection of individuals and communities and preventing spread of COVID-19.


Iowa Department of Public Health has put together some guidance for you to reopen safely.  This guidance includes business owners, direct client services, baseball/softball teams, childcare services and more.


Learn what you can do to keep yourself and your family safe from COVID-19, what to do if you are sick, and when it is safe to return to work.

Visit our COVID-19 page to learn more.


Read Governor Kim Reynold’s latest proclamation to answer questions on reopening and for which businesses can and cannot operate.

Photo credit: Des Moines Register


The Wapello County Emergency Management Agency has put together a list of local food resources to help you and your family this summer. 
Photo credit: Blessings Soup Kitchen Facebook Group


Do you have questions about volunteering, mental health, education, rumors and scams or unemployment?

 Visit this list of Frequently Asked Questions. 



Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself, your community and your employees.  Also, determine what resources are available to you to help you bounce back quickly from this crisis.


Review what you should do if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, what needs to happen in order for you to return to work and some resources that are available to you if you are experiencing a layoff. 


You are on the front line of the fight against COVID-19.  The Center for Disease Control has specific instructions for you to stay safe and keep your patients and workplace safe. Click to learn more about these recommendations.

What does the Wapello County Emergency Management do?