Our Response to COVID-19

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Doing Our Part

Clients and Friends of Fairfax State Savings Bank,

While we are thankful no bank employee has tested positive for the Coronavirus that was recently discovered in China beginning today we are taking additional practical precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff. This action is deemed necessary with an abundance of caution as we have discovered a bank employee has been in direct contact with a person who tested positive for the virus. These precautionary measures include 7 & 14 day self-quarantines for specific employees. Further, we have instructed all employees to practice additional proactive steps including: cleaning and sanitizing all hard surfaces; wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) until further notice; continued hand washing and exercising "social distancing". This is a challenging time for our community and our bank.

The drive up in Fairfax and Amana remain OPEN FOR BUSINESS M-TH 9am-4pm, FRI 9am-6pm and Sat. 9-11am. We intend on serving your financial needs as we have for 96 years and ask for your patience as we step forward in 2020 together.

Patrick Slater, President Fairfax State Savings Bank

As one of the busiest lobbies in the area, we have chosen to do our part to help diminish the threat of COVID-19.

Until further notice, our drive thru’s ONLY will be open at both locations during our normal business hours. Our lobby will be open by appointment only.

Please call us to make an appointment or to discuss your options at  319-846-2300 (Fairfax) or 319-622-4287 (Amana).

NOTE: This information is shared from our friends at Mercy Medical Center.

Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world. However, the latest coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that began in December 2019, is a novel virus, which means it has not been previously identified in humans.

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that has been detected in almost 70 locations internationally. It is believed to be spread through person-to-person contact and, in these types of conditions, illness is spread through coughing or direct contact. That is why it is important to follow the common practices listed below to kill germs that may be spread.


The symptoms are very similar to the flu and include mild to severe respiratory illness with a fever and cough and/or shortness of breath. The symptoms can present from two to 14 days after exposure.

Preventing COVID-19

Because this virus is relatively new, there is not currently a vaccine to provide immunity from the virus (like there is for the flu). As a result, the best way to avoid getting this – or any virus – is to ensure common practices that eliminate germs or keep you from being exposed to germs. These activities include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the restroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Twenty seconds is the recommended amount of time to fully cleanse your hands.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If no tissues are available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning sprays or wipes.

And remember, we are one team and we’re all in this together.  

There are a lot of ways you can help right now even if it doesn’t feel like it. If you’re a good listener, or have easy meal ideas, or can answer a computer question for a friend — it all makes a difference and makes us feel more connected — even from a distance!

If you need any additional information or further updates about COVID-19

We encourage you to consult the CDC website for the latest information. Or visit the State of Iowa Coronavirus website, as well. Tips and tricks to keep your finances safe during this time can be found at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s website.

We will continue to keep you updated on any relevant information for how our services will be impacted as the situation develops. Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.