NOVEL CORONAVIRUS & COVID-19
Local COVID-19 Information
Linn County Public Health is following federal and state recommendations for vaccine rollouts. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) convened the Infectious Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) for additional guidance to help further prioritize within the priority groups established by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). As more information about vaccine supply becomes available, we will share additional details about when it will be offered to additional groups. Vaccine is currently not available to the general public.
What phase are we in?
Iowa is currently in Phase 1a of vaccine distribution. This includes health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities. The COVID-19 vaccine supply is expected to increase substantially this year and eventually be available to everyone who wants to receive it.
How can I learn more?
For more information about COVID-19 vaccine, visit our COVID-19 Vaccine webpage. Then let the information come to you. Subscribe to receive local COVID-19 Status Updates by using our NotifyMe tool and selecting "COVID-19 Status Update" under the News Flash category. For questions about COVID-19 vaccine, please call 319-892-6097.
Linn County residents with COVID-19 are encouraged to review current Guidance for COVID-19 Positive Individuals and the information requested on the COVID-19 Investigation Form, used for the contact tracing process. Linn County residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result can complete the COVID-19 Investigation Form online here.
For more information about contact tracing, visit our Contact Tracing webpage.
For general COVID-19 questions, call 319-892-6009.
(For example: business questions, general cleaning questions, prevention or mask questions, travel questions, etc.).
Linn County COVID-19 Response
Status of County Facilities and Services
Actions to Combat Increase in COVID-19
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Linn County Public Health has sought to recommend action and practices based on available data and best practice research. This included recommended safety practices for keeping our community safe while continuing to support businesses, restaurants, and schools in the county. At this time, Linn County Public Health is recommending additional actions be taken to address the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Linn County. This guidance outlines recommended actions across three tiers. The following health metrics are used to determine when the spread of the virus requires additional restrictive actions be taken or loosened. Linn County Public Health currently recommends actions in Tier 1 of the Actions to Combat Increase in COVID-19 guidance.
For more information on Linn County's COVID-19 response, visit our COVID-19 General Overview webpage.
Report a COVID-19 Violation in a Food Business
Restaurants and bars are, by order of the governor, required to adhere to social distancing protocols to remain open. Restaurants, bars, and other establishments are not required to enforce mask usage for customers or staff, though it is strongly encouraged. Please do not report an establishment for not requiring mask use.
To report a COVID-19 violation in a food business, visit the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals website.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- FEMA Rumor Control
- State of Iowa COVID-19
- Database of Business Resources (City of Cedar Rapids & The Gazette partnership)
- Database of Resident Resources (City of Cedar Rapids & The Gazette partnership)