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Posted on: April 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Linn County Extends Closure of Most County Facilities Through May 15

Most Linn County Offices Closed

In order to follow updated guidelines provided by the State of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Public Health, Linn County is extending the closure of most County facilities to the general public through May 15, 2020.

Despite the closure, County staff is 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.

A drop-box is available outside the Public Service Center front lobby doors for those dropping off payments, vehicle registration renewals, or other paperwork that would normally be dropped off in person.

Closures include these County buildings:

  • 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
  • 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.

Exceptions:

  • 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

Linn County officials urge all residents to do their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying home except for essential reasons, 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.

Please visit Linn County’s website LinnCounty.org/COVID-19 for local updates and related information.

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