COVID-19 News Conference Summaries

For 11 weeks, Linn County Public Health along with community partners, hosted regular news conferences to provide COVID-19 updates to the media and public. Due to the local COVID-19 situation beginning to stabilize and the rate of new information and recommendations slowing, Linn County Public Health will be transitioning out of hosting regular news conferences, but will remain ready to provide information as needed. News conferences will now be held on an as needed basis. The news conferences, when held, are live streamed on Linn County’s YouTube channel and Linn County Public Health’s Facebook page. Full summaries and videos for each news conference are available below.

Please remember there is still spread of COVID-19 within Linn County. People continue to become ill and become hospitalized and die from this disease. Therefore, the public needs to stay vigilant and continue to practice prevention activities to protect themselves and the community from COVID-19.

May 20, 2020

Featured Speakers:

  • Nick AbouAssaly - Mayor, City of Marion
  • Dr. Tony Myers - Mercy Medical Center
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health

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May 14, 2020

Featured Speakers:

  • Brad Hart - Mayor, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Brad DeBrower - Transit Manger. City of Cedar Rapids
  • Scott Hock - Parks & Recreation Director, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Dr. Dustin Arnold - UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health
  • Stacey Walker - Linn County Board of Supervisors

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May 7, 2020

Featured Speakers:

  • Stacey Walker - Linn County Board of Supervisors
  • Brad Hart - Mayor, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Noel Baker - Nurse, Mercy Medical Center
  • Nick AbouAssaly - Mayor, City of Marion
  • Molly Eilers - Nurse, UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids
  • Steve O’Konek - Linn County Emergency Management
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health

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May 4, 2020

Featured Speakers:

  • Nick AbouAssaly - Mayor, City of Marion
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health

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April 30, 2020

Featured Speakers:

  • Brad Hart - Mayor, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Joel Miller - Linn County Auditor
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health
  • Dr. Dustin Arnold - UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids
  • Drew Martel - Foundation 2

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April 27, 2020

Featured Speakers:

  • Stacey Walker - Linn County Board of Supervisors
  • Dr. Tony Myers - Mercy Medical Center
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health

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April 23, 2020

Featured Speakers:

  • Nick AbouAssaly - Mayor, City of Marion
  • Stacey Walker - Linn County Board of Supervisors
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health

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April 20, 2020

Featured Speakers:

  • Brad Hart - Mayor, City of Cedar Rapids
  • John Speer - Grant Wood Area Education Agency
  • Brian Gardner - Linn County Sheriff
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health

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April 16, 2020

Featured speakers:

  • Stacey Walker - Linn County Board of Supervisors
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health
  • Wayne Jerman - Cedar Rapids Police Chief

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April 13, 2020

Featured speakers:

  • Dr. Tony Myers - Mercy Medical Center
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health

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April 9, 2020

Featured speakers:

  • Brad Hart - Mayor, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Wayne Jerman - Cedar Rapids Police Chief
  • Stacey Walker - Linn County Board of Supervisors
  • Drew Martel - Foundation 2
  • Anne Gruenewald - Four Oaks
  • Dr. Dustin Arnold - UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health

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April 6, 2020

Featured speakers:

  • Stacey Walker - Linn County Board of Supervisors
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health
  • Dr. Tony Myers - Mercy Medical Center
  • Noreen Bush - Cedar Rapids School District Superintendent

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April 2, 2020

Featured speakers:

  • Drew Martel - Foundation 2
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health
  • Dr. Dustin Arnold - UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids
  • Jeff Pomeranz - City Manager, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Wayne Jerman - Cedar Rapids Police Chief

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March 30, 2020

Featured speakers:

  • Stacey Walker - Linn County Board of Supervisors
  • Dr. Tony Myers - Mercy Medical Center
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health
  • Brian Gardner - Linn County Sheriff

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March 26, 2020

Featured speakers:

  • Nick AbouAssaly - Mayor, City of Marion
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health
  • Dr. Tony Myers - Mercy Medical Center
  • Dr. Dustin Arnold - UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids
  • Brad Hart - Mayor, City of Cedar Rapids

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March 23, 2020

Featured speakers:

  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health
  • Dr. Tony Myers - Mercy Medical Center
  • Dr. Dustin Arnold - UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids
  • Jeff Pomeranz - City Manager, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Tom Hardecopf - Director, Linn County LIFTS
  • Brad DeBrower - Transit Manger. City of Cedar Rapids
  • Stacey Walker - Linn County Board of Supervisors

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March 21, 2020

Featured speakers:

  • Pramod Dwivedi - Linn County Public Health
  • Heather Meador - Linn County Public Health

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March 20, 2020

Featured speakers:

  • Tricia Kitzmann - Linn County Public Health
  • Dr. Dustin Arnold - UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids
  • Stacey Walker - Linn County Board of Supervisors
  • Jeff Pomeranz - City Manager, City of Cedar Rapids

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