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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Most Linn County Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Most Linn County Offices Closed

Most Linn County governmental offices will be closed Monday, January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, January 19.

The following services will continue to operate:

  • Juvenile Detention and Diver...
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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 30, 2020

Linn County Officials Sworn in to Office

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Linn County welcomed newly elected District 3 Board of Supervisor member Louis J. Zumbach and welcomed back Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner and Linn County Auditor Joel Miller in a swearing-in ceremony on December 30, 2020, at the Jean Oxley Li...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 28, 2020

Linn County Attorney’s Office Announces Marijuana Diversion Program

MARIJUANA DIVERSION PROGRAM

The Linn County Attorney’s Office announces a newly established marijuana diversion program that will take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

The program is designed for first time offenders found in possession of a user-quantity amount of marijuana. Linn County prosecu...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 24, 2020

Linn County Public Health Utilizes CARES Act Funds to Help Community Partners Prevent COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

On November 3, Governor Reynolds allocated $3 million of CARES Act funds as a grant for local county health departments, based on a per capita basis, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Linn County Public Health (LCPH) received notification on Novemb...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 22, 2020

Waiver for Building Department Permit Fees Extended

BUILDING DEPARTMENT FEES WAIVED

The Linn County Board of Supervisors this week signed a resolution extending the waiver of building department permit fees through June 30, 2021. This waiver is for the unincorporated areas in Linn County and the cities of Alburnett, Bertram, Center Point...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 17, 2020

Linn County Earns Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting

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The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded Linn County the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) (PDF) and the Award for Outstanding Achievement i...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 16, 2020

Board of Supervisors Commits to Equitable Climate Action

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors signed a new climate resolution (PDF) prioritizing the voices of vulnerable communities in climate action within Linn County. The resolution commits to accelerated action to address the climate crisis in collaboration ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Kehres Named Linn County Veterans Affairs Director

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors and Linn County Veterans Affairs Commission have named Nicole Kehres (pronounced Karris) as Linn County’s new Veterans Affairs Director, effective, December 14, 2020. 

Kehres is a graduate of Grand Canyon Unive...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Linn County Ready for Winter Weather

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The Linn County Secondary Road Department is prepared for the 2020-21 winter season. Part of preparation is sharing information with residents about the Secondary Road Department’s hours of operation, snow routes, and snow and ice ordinance and policy (PD...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Linn County Public Health and Community Partners Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

COVID-19 Update

Linn County Public Health (LCPH), in coordination with community partners, has been preparing to receive and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. With the first COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive as early as next week, vaccination will soon begin among certa...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 3, 2020

Revolving Loan Fund Helps Homeowners Repair Derecho Damage

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Three months after the derecho that devastated much of Linn County, housing remains one of the most pressing needs. A new revolving loan fund has been established to help homeowners repair homes that were damaged in the storm. 

Cedar Rapids Bank &...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Linn County Food Systems Council Releases Food System Assessment

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The Linn County Food Systems Council this week released their finalized food system assessment, a project initiated to better understand the Linn County food system, hear from those working and living in it, and understand how Linn Count...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

County Home Road Reopened for Winter; Project to Resume in 2021

COUNTY HOME ROAD NOW OPEN

County Home Road is now open to traffic following completion of two phases of a three-phase improvement project. Construction on County Home Road between Gilmore Road and Highway 13 included 10” concrete paving, the addition of right and left turn lanes, ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Linn County Issues Face Covering Regulation

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Due to the alarming surge in positive COVID-19 cases and record-breaking hospitalizations across the country and locally, the Linn County Board of Supervisors today signed a resolution unanimously approving the Linn County Board of Health’s face...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Most Linn County Facilities Close to the Public

MOST LINN COUNTY BUILDINGS CLOSED

Due to the alarming surge in positive COVID-19 cases and record-breaking hospitalizations across the country and locally, Linn County is closing buildings to the public once again to help reduce community spread of the virus and to help ensure continuity ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Tips to Celebrate Halloween Safely

Halloween Safety

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding ways to keep our traditions can help us maintain a sense of normalcy. While we do not want to discourage the fun, Halloween will look a little different this year. As groups become larger, the risk of spreadi...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Linn County Public Health Reminder to Get Your Annual Flu Vaccine

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Influenza is a contagious disease that can be serious. Every year, influenza causes illness, hospitalizations, and deaths. Linn County Public Health urges everyone to take steps now to protect yourself and those around you from influenza, or flu. ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: September 29, 2020

State of Iowa Announces Change to COVID-19 Close Contact Definition

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – Today, Governor Reynolds announced a change in the definition the State of Iowa is using to define close contacts for the purposes of contact tracing of positive COVID-19 cases. The CDC, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, def...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Linn County Applauds SET Grant Announcement

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors joins the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation in celebrating the announcement of a $465,000 grant award to support the work of the Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities (SET) Fund.

The grant, awarded t...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Linn County Public Health Reminds Residents to Stay Safe After Storms

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LINN COUNTY, IA – Many parts of Iowa were affected by a severe storm that swept through the state Monday, causing power outages for hundreds of thousands of people. As utility crews work around the clock to restore power, and Iowans continue cle...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: July 17, 2020

Linn County Facilities Reopen July 20 by Appointment

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NOTE: This page is updated as new information becomes available.

On Monday, July 20, 2020, most Linn County offices reopened on an appointment-only basis as part of a phased approach to reopening with modifications to keep employees and customers safe. Lin...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Linn County Public Health Recommends Community to Take Measures to Slow COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – A significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases were reported over two consecutive weeks, mainly among 18 to 25 year olds. This 189 percent increase from 35 to 101 new cases occurred between June 7th and June 21st. Conti...

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

Linn County Public Health and Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission to Host Virtual Town Hall June 12

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Linn County Public Health and the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission have partnered to host another COVID-19 virtual town hall on Friday, June 12 at 12 p.m. The virtual town hall will be held via GoToMeeting and will focus on general housing information...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: June 1, 2020

Linn County Public Health Continues to Provide Weekly COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Update

Linn County Public Health continues to provide weekly Community Partner Updates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Weekly updates help keep the community informed about the latest information and resources available, and are accessible by end of business on Fr...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Linn County Public Health Releases Phased Reopening Guidance During Community Spread of COVID-19

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Linn County Public Health recommends a phased reopening, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and other national organizations. This three-phased approach enables businesses to reopen, and events and gatherings to occur, while protecting the ...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Linn County Public Health Releases Mental Health COVID-19 Toolkit

Mental Health Toolkit

Linn County Public Health and community partners emphasize the importance of prioritizing your mental health and staying connected with the release of a mental health toolkit. The toolkit is another in a series of several toolkits created to distribute in...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: May 5, 2020

Linn County Public Health Releases Multi-Lingual COVID-19 Toolkit

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A multi-lingual toolkit, recently released to community partners and available for viewing at LinnCounty.org/MultilingualResources, is the first in a series of several toolkits created to distribute in response to COVID-19.

A multi-lingual toolkit has been...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

Linn County Board of Health Releases Letter to Community Regarding COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – On April 8, 2020, the Linn County Board of Health approved a letter (PDF) to the community regarding recommended actions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit:

  • Linn County Public Health web...
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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: March 29, 2020

First COVID-19 Death Confirmed in Linn County

COVID-19 Update

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today notified Linn County officials of the first death of a Linn County resident associated with COVID-19. The 61-80 year old male had underlying health conditions.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors released ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: March 21, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Linn County

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Linn County Public Health (LCPH) is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus and has announced the first laboratory diagnosed case of COVID-19 in Linn County at a news conference Saturday morning. The individual is receiving appropriate medical care. ...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Linn County Public Health Encourages Communities to Prepare for Potential COVID-19 Cases

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LINN COUNTY, IA – The first COVID-19 cases in Iowa were announced this week, which has resulted in increasing awareness and preparation for the potential spread of COVID-19 to Linn County communities. Linn County Public Health (LCPH) continues t...

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