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For the first time since March 2020, there are no long-term care facilities or group homes in Linn County experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19.
Effective February 19, Linn County Public Health is recommending a move from Tier 2 to Tier 3 mitigation strategies. These recommendations are based on the following data points related to recent trends in COVID-19 cases, hospital bed capacity, hospital admissions, and test positivity rate.
The daily stress caused by COVID-19, social distancing, the August 10 derecho, and a resulting financial crisis have had a big impact on our community. It is normal to experience feelings of isolation, anxiety, and uncertainty in this abnormal situation. Additionally, the events of the last year have only intensified feelings among those living with poor mental health or a mental illness. Prioritizing your mental health and staying connected to your family, friends, and community is more important than ever. Linn County Public Health has recently added links to informational videos from Foundation 2 on how to access their resources. The links can be found at: https://www.linncounty.org/1458/Mental-Health-Resources
Linn County Tier 1, Group 2 populations continue to be offered vaccine.
Vaccine remains in short supply, and not everyone in Phase 1B will be able to get vaccine right away. It may take weeks to months for the Phase 1B populations to receive vaccine.
Through the end of February, Linn County plans to receive about 3,000 doses of vaccine per week. Linn County Public Health will continue to ensure an equal balance of vaccine is available in Linn County to persons 65 and older, prioritized frontline workers, and specific populations vulnerable to high risk of exposure or severity of illness. Vaccine is available within Linn County to persons 65 and older through the Retail Pharmacy Program.
Persons 65 years and older
Projected time to next phase: Unknown
Populations included within Phase 1B:
Progress within Phase 1B:
Groups to be offered vaccine next:
Projected time to next phase: Unknown
Linn County Public Health (LCPH) is compiling information from employers to help link employers and their staff to agencies administering the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available. LCPH has developed an employer vaccine form for employers interested in offering COVID-19 vaccine to their employees.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released COVID-19 vaccination communication toolkits for Essential Workers and Community Based Organizations. These toolkits can be used by organizations to help plan for and encourage COVID-19 in the workplace and within the community. Tools available include letter templates, flyers and posters, fact sheets, presentation templates, and social media posts.
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.
Additional data on COVID-19 cases is available on Linn County’s case count dashboard.
*Percent of positive tests to date since beginning of pandemic
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.