Linn County officials continue to closely follow the latest developments on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation to ensure the health and safety of our community and to help ensure the actions we are taking are in line with the latest Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and guidance. Linn County Public Health (LCPH), a department within Linn County government, is working closely with IDPH, the CDC, as well as local public and private partners to plan for prevention and response to the expanding global outbreak of COVID-19.
Linn County is following the recommendation of Linn County Public Health, and at this time, County offices remain open with normal operating hours; however, the County is canceling non-essential meetings and activities in compliance with the new recommendations from IDPH to limit such gatherings. Meetings for the Linn County Board of Supervisors will continue as scheduled at this time; meeting agendas will include essential items only. In addition, enhanced cleaning measures are in place in all County facilities, which includes repeated cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. This is a fluid situation, and if the County changes its hours of operation, we will notify the public via the media, our website, and social media.
Linn County offers many of its services online and strongly encourages residents to use online services when possible all year long. Property taxes and vehicle registration renewals can be paid online. The fee for the online service is only .30 cents when using the electronic check option. The Linn County Board of Supervisors is formally requesting that Governor Reynolds issue an executive order to delay the deadline for property tax payments from March 31, 2020, to April 30, 2020 to help minimize the number of people who will visit their county Treasurer’s Offices across the state to make their payments in person and to give additional time to educate the public about the online service.
Links to these and other services such as building permits, marriage license applications, and permits from the Secondary Road Department are available on Linn County’s website LinnCounty.org. If you need assistance with these services, please contact us with questions. Contact information for all County departments is available at LinnCounty.org or by calling 319-892-5000.
Linn County is also updating to its human resources policies and a temporary relaxation of labor contract provisions to address extended sick leave and paid time off for employees who may be impacted by COVID-19. The County is also educating employees on workplace safety measures including social distancing information and basic hygiene tips.
These efforts are focused on both containing the spread of the virus and mitigating its potential impact to protect the public’s health in Linn County.
Everyone can do their part to help respond to this emerging public health threat through implementing these prevention strategies:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces by using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol
- Practice social distancing as recommended by the CDC
- Follow the special guidance for those with underlying conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes.
Representatives from the Linn County Board of Supervisors, Linn County Public Health, Linn County Emergency Management Agency, Linn County school districts, area municipalities, and other key stakeholders will meet daily to receive briefings and updates to address the COVID-19 situation and provide information to the public.
As information about COVID-19 continues to evolve, it is important to stay informed and get information from trusted sources. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit these websites:
Iowa Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
Please visit Linn County’s website LinnCounty.org for local updates and related information.
A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1.