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COVID-19 Testing for Students & Employees


The Spencer Hospital, Palo Alto County (Emmetsburg) Hospital, and Emmet County (Estherville) Public Health have all become Test Iowa sites for Iowa Lakes students and employees. This means that students and employees can get tested locally as determined by the Test Iowa on-line questionnaire.

If you chose to do COVID testing through a medical clinic you will be charged the full fees.

If you have COVID symptoms and are testing through the free college Test Iowa site, you must contact the Public Health office.  

  1. Emmet County Public Health (Estherville)- Call to schedule an appointment at 712-362-2490.
    1. Mon-Friday mornings
  2. Spencer Hospital-Clay County Public Health- Call to schedule an appointment at 712-264-6380
    1. Mon.-Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  3. Palo Alto Hospital-Palo Alto Public Health (Emmetsburg)- Call to schedule an appointment at 712-852-5419
    1. Appointments will be available on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30-11:30

Think you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms – 

  1. Stay home.  
  2. Go to the Iowa statewide COVID-19 testing website:
  3. Start answering the questions.   

Please select your college location:
     Iowa Lakes Community College 

Use your campus address and zip code:
     Estherville- zip code- 51334
     Emmetsburg – zip code- 50536
     Spencer – zip code – 51301

NOTE: Use your current apartment or housing address.  (Otherwise the correct Public Health County does not get notified)

At the end of the survey it will ask you about getting tested.   

  1. Answer - yes.
  2. If STUDENTS are approved for testing, please contact:  

Julie Williams, Executive Dean of Students 


Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management

You will need your current valid Iowa Lakes student photo ID to get tested

  1. If Employees are approved for testing, please contact:

Kathy Muller, Executive Director of Human Resources

You will need your current valid Iowa Lakes employee photo ID to get tested

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