Due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country and locally, Linn County has closed most buildings to the public to help reduce community spread of the virus and to help ensure continuity of County services.
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Linn County is currently in the first phase of vaccine distribution, or Phase 1A.
On January 11, the Iowa Infectious Disease Advisory Council made recommendations and Iowa Department of Public Health issued a vaccine shortage order, which included prioritizing Iowans age 75 and older, and other Iowans who are vulnerable to exposure to COVID-19 or high-risk for illness as the result of a COVID-19 infection. On January 21, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Iowans age 65 years and over will also be included in phase 1B to further expand eligibility of older adults.
Vaccine remains in short supply. This means not everyone in Phase 1B will be able to get vaccine right away. To help balance vaccine supply with the Phase 1B demands, the Iowa Department of Public Health has implemented a tiered prioritization, outlined below. Learn more.
Linn County Public Health continues to work with local partners to finalize plans to begin Phase 1B vaccinations no later than February 1. Additional details on how county residents eligible for Phase 1B can get vaccinated will be shared as soon as it is available.
Sign up to receive email notifications of COVID-19 Status Updates to keep up-to-date of vaccine rollout updates and other important information regarding COVID-19 response. For assistance with signing up for updates, view this video. In addition to the Linn County COVID-19 website, updates will also be shared on Facebook and Twitter. For questions on COVID-19 vaccine in Linn County, call 319-892-6097. Stay tuned to local news outlets for updated information.
For more COVID-19 information specific to Linn County, visit LinnCounty.org/COVID19.