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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. Getting a vaccine is easy, and there are many local places to get a vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sessions hosted by The Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and University of Iowa were held on April 17, 19 and 24. The sessions were offered in English and Spanish, and are now also available in French and Arabic. The recordings are available at https://www.iowacovidinfo.org/recordings.
For help with getting a vaccine:
Linn County will receive approximately 4,900 doses of COVID-19 vaccine the week of May 10. 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.
In the April 30 COVID-19 Status Update, guidance for fully vaccinated individuals was shared. Linn County Public Health continues to receive questions regarding the prevention measures that are needed for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. To learn about choosing safer activities for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for fully vaccinated individuals or view the graphic below:
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.
On May 4, the Iowa Department of Public Health announced two confirmed cases of the COVID-19 variant SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617. This variant is also referred to as the India variant because it was first detected there. B.1.617 is not designated as a “variant of concern,” indicating that there is not currently evidence of increased transmissibility or more severe disease caused by this variant. However, the emergence of new variants underscores that it remains critical for Iowans to continue the mitigation efforts that we know work to slow the spread of COVID-19, including getting a vaccine, wearing a mask, practice social distancing, washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, and getting tested for COVID-19 if you have been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19.
Mask mandates remain in place in Linn County. Scientific data shows mask wearing reduces new infections of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to update scientific data on the prevention benefits of masking to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Linn County mask requirement can be found on the Linn County website. The City of Cedar Rapids mask mandate was updated May 3, and is available on the City’s website.
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.