NOVEL CORONAVIRUS & COVID-19
Linn County’s COVID-19 Response
Linn County’s highest priority is the health and well-being of our community. Linn County Public Health, a department within Linn County government, is working closely with Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local public officials and private partners to plan for prevention, spread, and response to the global outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Everyone is encouraged to follow all Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines to help prevent contracting or spreading the virus. This site provides links to resources at the federal, state, and local levels and will be updated as needed with the latest updates.
Linn County officials urge all residents to do their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying home as much as possible, maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet between themselves and others, and washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Doing so will help to reduce the spread of the virus, ease the burden on our hospital and healthcare system, and protect those most vulnerable in our community.
This is an evolving situation at the national, state, and local levels. Agencies are working to provide updated information to the public as it becomes available. For general questions, please call 211.
Status of County Facilities and Services
To protect the health and safety of Linn County employees and the public, most Linn County facilities are closed to the general public through June 15, 2020. This extension aligns with Governor Reynold’s proclamation for statewide closures. The closure date may be modified as needed.
Despite the closure, County staff are still working behind the scenes to help ensure minimal disruption to public services during this time. County staff and services remain available via phone, email, and online. Contact information for all County departments is available at LinnCounty.org.
- Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center
- Community Services Building – including Options of Linn County
- Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building – with the exception of the Child Development Center as the Iowa Department of Human services is not recommending closure of childcare facilities at this time
- Juvenile Detention and Diversion Services
- Secondary Road Department
- Wickiup Hill Learning Center, campgrounds, playgrounds, and restrooms at all Linn County Conservation areas
- Linn County Sheriff’s Office; the Civil Division will continue to serve legal processes and the Patrol Division will continue to respond to emergency and routine calls for service.
- LIFTS – office is closed to the public; however, routes are still running for essential needs. Fares are waived and the number of riders will be limited during each route.
- The Linn County Child Development Center will remain open as the Iowa Department of Human services is not recommending closure of childcare facilities at this time.
- Linn County Courthouse – normal operating hours; however, restrictions are in place that limit entry to the courthouse (PDF)
- Juvenile Justice Center (Juvenile Courthouse) – normal operating hours
Non-essential public meetings have been canceled until further notice. Board of Supervisors meetings are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday at noon. The meeting will be streamed live on Linn County’s Facebook page and indexed videos will be available on the County’s website.
To adhere to social distancing requirements, Linn County employees and the public may participate in the meetings as follows:
- Conference call—telephone number 866-576-7975, access code 218839#
- Email questions or comments prior to or during the meeting to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about meeting accessibility or to request accommodations to attend or to participate in a meeting due to a disability, please contact the Board of Supervisors office at 319-892-5000 or at email@example.com.
- 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)