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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On Monday, April 26, Linn County Public Health Clinic Supervisor Heather Meador and Linn County Board of Supervisor and Board of Health member Stacey Walker talked about the importance of getting vaccinated now in a Facebook Live event. Read the blog from Supervisor Walker on urging residents and people of color to get vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. On April 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance for prevention measures that are needed for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, depending on whether the activity is indoors or outdoors. To learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for fully vaccinated individuals or view the graphic below:
As of April 5, all Iowans age 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine supply has increased significantly, and anyone that wants a vaccine should get their vaccine now.
Some people still have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, including its safety and effectiveness. If you have questions, please contact your healthcare provider or call the Linn County COVID-19 call center at 319-892-6097. Informational sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine were held on April 17, 19 and 24. The recordings are available at https://www.iowacovidinfo.org/recordings.
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Linn County will receive approximately 4,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine the week of May 3. This is less than the full allocation that was offered to Linn County Public Health from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Linn County Public Health did not take the full allotment of vaccine for the coming week due to decreasing demand for vaccine, and due to many local providers receiving large amounts of federally allocated vaccine.
For questions about COVID-19 vaccine in Linn County:
Please sign up to receive email notifications for COVID-19 Status Updates to keep up-to-date on 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 vaccine website LinnCounty.org/Vaccine, 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.
Note: The State of Iowa has transitioned from reporting positive individuals to positive tests. Linn County will continue to report positive individuals. Therefore, numbers from the state and Linn County dashboard will not match.
Additional data on COVID-19 cases is available on Linn County’s case count dashboard.
Additional Linn County metrics are available on Linn County’s metrics dashboard.
For more COVID-19 information specific to Linn County, visit LinnCounty.org/COVID19.