Ames Chamber of Commerce

Community & Health


Ames Public Library - Check out the many online books and audio books available that you can enjoy from home!

City of Ames - The City of Ames administration is working directly with City departments to develop detailed plans to ensure the continuation of essential services. Any updates or changes to City functions will be shared with the public.

United Way of Story County - Community resources like utility bill help, free educational resources, restaurants offering delivery, etc.





  • Iowa Department of Public Health
  • The State of Iowa has received federal funding from FEMA to offer free virtual counseling and assistance to those affected, in any way, by COVID-19. Iowa Department of Human Services has contracted with several providers throughout the state. These trained professionals are providing counseling, virtual activities, referrals and help finding resources to any Iowan seeking assistance or a listening ear. Iowans of all ages may join groups online to find support and learn creative strategies for coping with the effects of the pandemic. Additional programs will be announced in the coming weeks to help Iowans build coping skills and resilience.  Learn more here.


  • Hotel Accommodations for Students Impacted by COVID-19 - Iowa State students who do not have an ISU housing contract may self-isolate or quarantine at the following local hotels:
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • McFarland Clinic
    • Public Resources & FAQ
    • Doctor's Notes:
      • One of the challenges we currently face as healthcare providers with employers and their workforce is the issuing of return-to-work notes during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is advising employers: “Do not require healthcare providers to issue notes for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work.” McFarland is following this guidance as outlined in the CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus COVID-19

      • McFarland Clinic is following CDC criteria for COVID-19 testing.  Testing criteria and supplies are limited. McFarland Clinic will not order tests for COVID-19 to rule out return to work for employees.  

      • The CDC does provide guidance on a non-test based strategy for employers to use in allowing employees to safely return back to work.  These include:

        • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications 
        • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
        • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • Story County Medical Center
  • Primary Health Care Ames
  • NAMI Central Iowa
    • ZOOM Support Group! Do you live with a mental health condition and would like support from others who also live with mental health conditions? NAMI Central Iowa is hosting 4 NAMI Connections Support Groups via ZOOM every week! If you would like to participate, contact for a registration form. First ZOOM Support Group is Monday at 4:30 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When should I seek medical care if I'm concerned I may have COVID-19?

If you have symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) and believe you may have been exposed, please call the McFarland COVID-19 Nurse Phone Line at 515-500-6711 or Story County Medical Center at 515-382-2111.

Can I get tested for COVID-19? What are the requirements?

There are defined testing criteria, and supplies are limited. Patients with a known exposure and who have symptoms of cough, fever, or shortness of breath will be tested.

Is it safe to come the clinic? Should I cancel my routine appointments?

Our local providers and staff follow standard infection control procedures to protect patients and staff and to control infection. Notice signs at all clinic entrances direct patients with known exposure and symptoms to call the COVID-19 Nurse Phone Line.


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