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Posted on: July 25, 2020

Linn County Public Health and Willis Dady Homeless Services Respond to COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – Linn County Public Health and Willis Dady Homeless Services are working together to ensure the health and safety of clients at the Willis Dady Homeless Shelter after confirmation that one client has tested positive for COVID-19.

“The health and safety of our clients and staff is our first priority. We are working closely with Linn County Public Health to implement measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 within our residential settings.” stated Denine Rushing, Willis Dady Homeless Services Shelter Director. “We have prepared for a possible case of COVID-19, and are implementing additional measures to minimize any spread of the virus.”

COVID-19 spreads easily and rapidly in settings where people live in close proximity to one another. Measures to prevent spread at Willis Dady include separating ill and well residents, cohorting clients in small groups, and frequently monitoring for symptoms of illness. All staff have been required to isolate at home for 14 days and not return to shelter until that isolation period has terminated. Minimal frontline staff necessary to maintain shelter operations will remain working from the shelter.

Pramod Dwivedi, Linn County Public Health Director states, “We are seeing community spread of COVID-19, which is impacting our entire community, including our most vulnerable residents. We encourage everyone to do their part to prevent the spread of the virus by maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet or more, wearing a cloth facial covering in public settings, staying home when sick, washing hands frequently, and covering coughs and sneezes.”

Linn County Public Health and Willis Dady Homeless Services will continue to work together to prevent any further spread of COVID-19.


Linn County Public Health, an agency within Linn County government, serves more than 225,000 residents of Linn County to prevent disease and injury, promote healthy living, protect the environment, and ensure public health preparedness. Learn more at or by calling 319-892-6000. Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @LCPublicHealth.

Willis Dady Homeless Services mission is to provide shelter and prevention services to the homeless and near-Homeless with the vision of empowering clients to break the cycle of homelessness and become self-sufficient. We provide shelter, case management, Homeless prevention, outreach, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing to the homeless and near-Homeless in Linn and surrounding counties in Iowa. Learn more at Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Instagram @WillisDady.

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