County Employee Information for COVID-19

The health, safety, and well-being of our employees and community is our top priority as we address the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19. This is a public page on our website, but the information on this page is intended primarily for Linn County employees.

We realize you have questions and concerns regarding how to protect yourself and what effect COVID-19 might have on County operations. Please know the Linn County Board of Supervisors is working diligently with Linn County Public Health (LCPH) and other partners to continuously monitor and respond to the situation. 

To protect the health and safety of Linn County employees and the public, most Linn County offices are now open on an appointment-only basis as part of a phased approach to reopening. However, many County services can be conducted online or remotely through email, mail, our drop boxes, or over the phone. We encourage remote transactions whenever possible. 

Read more about our service modifications designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep employees and customers safe. A reopening document (PDF) was emailed to employees on July 16 to highlight the steps Linn County is taking to help provide a safe working environment.

Linn County will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and adjust County operations and safety measures as needed.

We thank all employees for making every effort to ensure minimal disruption to public services during this unprecedented time. Linn County has also canceled non-essential meetings and activities. Human Resources trainings are now conducted remotely.

Below you will find information about COVID-19 regarding internal procedures, FAQs, guidance, and resources.

Policies and Memorandums of Understanding

FAQS - County Employees

What if an employee wants to take time off for a reason associated with the COVID-19 virus or COVID-19 related closures?

For more information on time away from work related to COVID-19, please read the County COVID-19 Paid Leave Policies.  All requests for leave need to come directly through the Human Resources Department.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19 and must stay home per their doctor, Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) or CDC’s orders, the employee will remain on paid status for up to 14 calendar days (or until released to return to work) and will not be required to use their accrued sick leave.  Documentation is required. A note clearing you to return to work is required before you are able to come back to work.  

What if an employee is quarantined per their doctor, the Iowa Department of Public Health or CDC due to suspected exposure to COVID-19?

If an employee is quarantined per their doctor, the Iowa Department of Public Health, or CDC’s orders due to a known or suspected exposure, the employee will remain on paid status for up to 14 calendar days (or until released to return to work) and will not be required to use their accrued sick leave.  Documentation is required.  A note clearing you to return to work is required before you are able to come back to work.

What if an employee just returned home from a country that is on the restricted travel list?

If an employee returns from a country that is on the restricted travel list (level 3) the employee will remain be required to quarantine for 14 days and use their own paid leave during that time.  This guidance is subject to change.

My child/dependent adults daycare or school is closed due to COVID-19, what do I do?

To learn about options that may be available to you please contact Linn County Human Resources at 319-892-5120.

Will payroll operations continue as usual? 

Yes.  Someone in payroll will be available to ensure payroll is processed and employees receive their paychecks.

Can my supervisor send me home if they believe I am sick?

Yes. Supervisors can send employees home if they feel they are exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.  If you are sent home, you will be paid for the remainder of the day. An employee who is sent home should immediately contact their doctor to determine what the next steps should be.

My child’s daycare is closed.  Can I change my amount of dependent care flexible spending?

Yes. If you need to make changes due to a daycare closure please contact Linn County Human Resources.

Hygiene

Help prevent the spread of all viruses, including influenza and COVID-19 by:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces by using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol

Cleaning

Our Facilities team has increased their work hours and cleaning processes for all County facilities. All surfaces are being cleaned and sanitized daily, multiple times in high-traffic, high-touch areas. Hand sanitizer dispensers are available, if possible, in each County building. 

Our Risk Management Department created a PowerPoint presentation explaining recommended cleaning practices for work areas.

International and Domestic Travel

The County has halted all international travel and non-essential work-related domestic travel. 

Resources

Avoid misinformation by following these trusted sources:

  • Iowa 211 hotline is the central resource for those with COVID-19 questions. Dial 2-1-1 on your landline, or call 319-739-4211
  • The Iowa Department of Public Health provides up-to-date information regarding this virus on their website, as well as guidance for businesses, schools, healthcare, long-term care, general public, and travelers
  • The Center for Disease Control has a dedicated summary of the virus, including symptoms, risk assessment, and preventative measures. View CDC’s latest travel notices and recommendations. 
  • The World Health Organization provides information and guidance regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease from emerging research to general advice for the public