COVID-19 Information and Resources

In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, we are providing information and resources from a variety of sources for people with disabilities, and their families and care providers, so that they can learn more and find help during this public health crisis.


General Resources for Iowans

COVID-19 helpline from University of Iowa Health Care

University of Iowa Health Care has launched a new helpline to answer questions about influenza or 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for health care professionals and community members.

The helpline will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Numbers to call are:

  • For general COVID-19 information and questions: 319-384-8819
  • For patients with COVID-19 and flu symptoms: 319-384-9010
  • For emergencies: 911


Online Resources from the Iowa Department of Public Health…

This online resource includes updated information from the state department of public health on the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). A cases-by-county map shows the geographic spread of the disease:


Resources for People with Disabilities, Older Adults and Families

Online Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a web page to address the Coronavirus  (COVID-19) outbreak. The CDC page includes general information for individuals, older adults, and people with medical conditions, community resources, and information for health care professionals:


Online Resources from the Administration for Community Living…

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has online resources for information about Coronavirus 2019 for older adults and people with disabilities, including those with chronic health conditions. This ACL is continuing to update its webpage with related information and guidance:


Visual Resources from Special Olympics…

This infographic was created to help Special Olympics Athletes stay safe during the Coronavirus outbreak:

This online resource was developed to demonstrate proper hand washing techniques to Special Olympics athletes:


Resources for Health Care Providers and Allied Professionals

Online Resources for Health Care Providers from the Iowa Department of Public Health…

The Iowa Department of Public Health has developed a resource for health care providers and related professionals. Links include a Testing Framework for Iowa, Public Testing FAQs, Just in Time Guidance for Testing Patients for COVID-19, and Resources for Healthcare and Facilities:


Strategies for Talking to Children about COVID-19 from the American Academy of Pediatrics…

This webinar discusses effective communication strategies for clinicians and ways to talk to and support children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategies to help parents communicate with their children are also included. David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, delivers the presentation:


Tip Cards for First Responders from the American Association on Health and Disability…

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) and the University of New Mexico (UNM), Center for Development and Disability, developed a series of tip cards for first responders to help them support people with a variety of disabilities, seniors and childbearing women and newborns. The tip cards can be downloaded as a PDF at no cost from the UNM website: