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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. 

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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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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Linn County Public Health Urges Residents to Review and Follow Holiday Guidance to Combat COVID-19

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Linn County residents have begun to decide how, and with whom, to celebrate the upcoming holidays as confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to climb to all-time highs. At this time, the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 increases dramatically when individua...

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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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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 covering ...

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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: November 12, 2020

Linn County Public Health Updates COVID-19 Close Contact Definition and Releases Additional Guidance

COVID-19 Update

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Linn County continue to climb to unprecedented numbers since the pandemic first began. This increase in cases within a short amount of time will also push our healthcare system towards a critical level, affecting bed and sta...

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

Linn County Public Health Offers Wood Burning Appliance Change-Out Incentives to Area Counties

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Linn County Public Health announces a multi-county expansion of the Wood-Burning Appliance Change-Out Program beyond Linn County. Homeowners living in the counties of Benton, Buchanan, Cedar, Delaware, Iowa, Johnson and Jones may now be eligible for incen...

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

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Update

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Cases are Increasing in Linn County

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Linn County. The increase in cases in a short period of time is straining local contact tracing resources, and leading to delays in the contact tracing process...

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

Linn County Public Health Releases Annual Report

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Linn County Board of Health released the Linn County Public Health (LCPH) Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report. 

“In addition to summarizing the countless hours LCPH staff spent responding to the COVID-19 pandemic that began in the middle of the last fi...

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

Linn County Now Accepting Witwer Trust Grant Applications

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors is now accepting applications for the fiscal year 2021 Witwer Trust Grant Program. Eligible non-profit organizations in Linn County may apply for grant funding for projects that benefit Linn County residents.&...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Linn County Veterans Affairs Helps Veterans and Their Families Receive Veterans Benefits

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As Veterans Day approaches, the Linn County Veterans Affairs Department thanks all veterans for their service and wants veterans and their families to know about the services the department provides.

Linn County Veterans Affairs has three certified County ...

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

Tips to Celebrate Halloween Safely

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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 12, 2020

Linn County Juvenile Detention Center Receives Grant to Provide Mental Health Services to Youth

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The Linn County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) recently received a $5,000 COVID-19 relief grant from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. The grant funds received will be used in the development of a collaborative effort between the JDC and Uni...

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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 28, 2020

Linn County Storm Response – Update #9

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors, in partnership with Linn County Public Health, has extended the burn permit deferment in unincorporated Linn County through the end of the year. This action allows the open burning of storm related landscape waste, in...

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

Linn County Storm Response – Update #8

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Linn County has made temporary service changes in its Planning & Development Department to assist residents with recovery from the August 10 derecho.

Building Permits Required, Fees Waived

Linn County is urging residents to contact their local building ...

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

Requesting Temporary Use Permits in Unincorporated Linn County

Temporary Use Permits

Linn County reminds residents and groups planning public events in unincorporated Linn County that they must apply for a temporary use permit. Permits are required when the type of event planned is not a permitted use within the zoning district where the ...

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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 17, 2020

Linn County Storm Response – Update #4

Storm Debris

UPDATED: August 21, 2020

Unincorporated Organic Debris Removal

Linn County has contracted with a specialized natural disaster recovery company Ceres Environmental Services, Inc. to assist the County in disposal of storm-generated organic debris in unincorpo...

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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 30, 2020

Interactive Dashboard Tracks COVID-19 Key Indicators

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Linn County Public Health is posting updates on its COVID-19 Mapping Database, which is a graphic dashboard of COVID-19 key indicators including: 

  • Number of confirmed cases (by age, gender, race, and ethnicity)
  • A map of confirmed cases by zip code
  • A...
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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 10, 2020

Linn County Begins Phase Two of Reopening During Community Spread of COVID-19

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On May 14, 2020, Linn County Public Health released phased reopening guidance, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other national organizations. The three-phased approach enables businesses to reopen in a limited capacity, and even...

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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

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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

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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 27, 2020

Linn County Public Health Enhances COVID-19 Mapping Database

COVID-19 Update Newsflash

Linn County Public Health has added additional information to its coronavirus response webpage, LinnCounty.org/COVID-19. This page provides the community the most accurate and updated information on COVID-19 in Linn County. This webpage includes a case co...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: April 23, 2020

Linn County COVID-19 Infection Data as of April 23, 2020

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During the April 23, 2020 COVID-19 press conference, Linn County Public Health presented two graphs that showed COVID-19 infection data in Linn County through 10 a.m. on April 23. The first graph showed the number of positive coronavirus cases in Linn Cou...

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

Linn County Correctional Center Deputy Sheriff Tests Positive for COVID-19 Virus

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On Sunday, April 19, 2020, we learned that a deputy sheriff assigned to the Linn County Correctional Center tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  The deputy last worked during the evening shift on Thursday, April 16th.  He arrived to ...

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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:

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Improvement Project Underway on County Home Road

County Home Road Improvement Project

Update 4/27/20: County Home Road is now closed to through traffic between Gilmore Road and Highway 13. Only local traffic, those who live within the area, are allowed to enter the work zone. 

Update 4/17/20: The start date for this projec...

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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.

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Linn County Adopts Temporary Employment Policy to Minimize Impact to County Services

Linn County Adopts Temporary Employment Policy

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has adopted a temporary employment policy for Linn County employees in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The policy will help ensure the health and safety of Linn County employees while providing f...

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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 11, 2020

Linn County Prepares for COVID-19

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Linn County is taking steps to prepare for the potential of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Linn County. Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 in Linn County. However, Linn County is following the recommendation of Public Health officials to ...

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Linn County Front Page News
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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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: January 9, 2020

Linn County Conservation Board Unveils Strategic Plan

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The Linn County Conservation Board has unveiled an updated strategic plan, a framework to further conserve natural resources while promoting the health and welfare of the people and ecosystems of Linn County. 

“The Board and strategic pl...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Bill of Sale Required for Transferring Vehicle Titles Beginning January 1, 2020

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Effective January 1, 2020, the Linn County Treasurer’s Office will require customers to provide a bill of sale when transferring titles to motor vehicles between private parties. A bill of sale or purchase agreement is already required for vehicles purcha...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: October 30, 2019

Linn County Launches Mobile App

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Linn County recently launched a new mobile app for its redesigned website LinnCounty.org. The app provides residents and visitors with convenient access to County news, events, public meetings, job openings, road construction, and much more. 

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