News Flash

Posted on: October 19, 2020

Celebrate Halloween Safely

Halloween Safety

LINN COUNTY, IA – 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...

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Public Health
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Linn County Public Health Reminder to Get Your Annual Flu Vaccine

Linn County Public Health

LINN COUNTY, IA – 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...

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Public Health
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 Preve...

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Public Health
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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Public Health
Posted on: September 1, 2020

Local Businesses Rely on Strict Adherence to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – In response to an alarming spike in the number of COVID-19 cases reported over the last two consecutive weeks, largely among 18 to 40 year olds and particularly among a smaller subset of younger adults, ages 19-24, Linn County&...

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Public Health
Posted on: August 27, 2020

New Public Health Disaster Proclamation Impacts Linn County Food and Beverage Establishments

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – Linn County is one of six Iowa counties that will begin additional mitigation measures to slow community spread of COVID-19. During a news conference earlier today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced the order in a proclamation th...

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Public Health
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Linn County Public Health Reminds Rural Landowners of Open Burning Rules for Storm Debris

Linn County Public Health

LINN COUNTY, IA – Linn County reminds landowners that while open burning of organic storm debris is permissible outside of Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha, and Robins some restrictions still apply:

  • A landowner may only burn organic materials from ...
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Public Health
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Willow Gardens Care Center Recovers from COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – As of August 17, 2020, Willow Gardens Care Center, a long-term care facility in Linn County, has recovered from the COVID-19 outbreak, which began affecting the facility in June. Recovery is defined as no new cases for two cons...

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Public Health
Posted on: August 18, 2020

Linn County Public Health Asks Foodservice Businesses to Check-In After Storm

Linn County Public Health

LINN COUNTY, IA – As power continues to be restored throughout Linn County, Linn County Public Health is asking local foodservice businesses to email us with a status update. Due to phone service interruption, we are still unable to accept direc...

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Public Health
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Linn County Public Health Reminds Residents to Stay Safe After Storms

Linn County Public Health

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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Public Health
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Linn County Public Health Requests Volunteers to Share COVID-19 Experience

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – Linn County Public Health is seeking volunteers who have had COVID-19 to share their experience. Personal stories or testimonials can help increase understanding and provide education about a particular issue, and improve overa...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Interactive Dashboard Tracks COVID-19 Key Indicators

COVID-19 Update Newsflash

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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Public Health
Posted on: July 25, 2020

Linn County Public Health and Willis Dady Homeless Services Respond to COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – Linn County Public Health and Willis Dady Homeless Services are working together to ensure the health and safety of clients at the Willis Dady Homeless Shelter after confirmation that one client has tested positive for COVID-19...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Linn County Public Health Urges All Residents to Wear Cloth Face Coverings in Public Settings

Linn County Public Health

LINN COUNTY, IA – Linn County Public Health strongly recommends all residents and visitors to consistently and correctly wear a cloth face covering in public settings and when around people who do not live in your household, especially when phys...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Linn County Public Health Releases Return to School Guidance during Community Spread of COVID-19

Linn County Public Health

LINN COUNTY, IA – COVID-19 remains present in our community, and will continue to have a direct impact on the daily operations of local schools. To assist school districts and help support administrators, staff, students, and families return to ...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 9, 2020

Linn County Board of Health Calls for Action to Address Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Linn County Public Health

LINN COUNTY, IA – In a position statement approved this week, the Linn County Board of Health called for immediate action to address racism as a public health crisis. The statement identifies adverse effects of structural inequalities and system...

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Public Health
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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Public Health
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Linn Manor Care Center Recovers from COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – As of June 26, 2020, Linn Manor Care Center, a long-term care facility in Linn County, has recovered from the COVID-19 outbreak, which began affecting the facility in early-April. Recovery is defined as no new cases for two con...

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Public Health
Posted on: June 11, 2020

Willow Gardens Care Center Experiencing COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – Willow Gardens Care Center, located at 455 31st Street in Marion, is the sixth long-term care facility in Linn County that has met the state’s definition of an outbreak. According to the Iowa Department of Public Heal...

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Public Health
Posted on: June 10, 2020

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

Linn County Public Health

LINN COUNTY, IA – June 10, 2020 – 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 GoT...

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Public Health
Posted on: June 10, 2020

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

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – 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 ...

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Public Health
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Cottage Grove Place Recovers from COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – As of June 8, 2020, Cottage Grove Place, a long term care facility in Linn County, has recovered from the COVID-19 outbreak which began impacting the facility in mid-April. Recovery is defined as no new cases for two consecutiv...

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Public Health
Posted on: June 1, 2020

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

COVID-19 Community Partner Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – 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 accessi...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 14, 2020

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

LINN COUNTY, IA – 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 ...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Linn County Public Health Releases Mental Health COVID-19 Toolkit

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LINN COUNTY, IA – 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, available for viewing at https://www.l...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 8, 2020

Linn County Public Health Releases Toolkit to Support Businesses during COVID-19

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LINN COUNTY, IA – Linn County Public Health, in coordination with community partners, recently released a toolkit to area businesses in response to COVID-19. The toolkit, available for viewing at https://www.linncounty.org/1404/Business-Guidance...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 5, 2020

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

Linn County Public Health

LINN COUNTY, IA – 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 mu...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 27, 2020

Linn County Public Health Enhances COVID-19 Mapping Database

COVID-19 Update

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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Public Health
Posted on: April 23, 2020

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

COVID-19 Update Newsflash

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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Public Health
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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Public Health
Posted on: April 2, 2020

Scam Alert: Individual comes to residence posing as public health employee

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LINN COUNTY, IA - Linn County Public Health (LCPH) has been notified by a resident that an individual claiming to be a public health employee attempted to gain access inside their home. The person told the resident they needed to come inside to make sure ...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Guidance for Preventing COVID-19 Spread Within Long Term Care Facilities

LINN COUNTY, IA – Linn County Public Health is working closely with a local long-term care facility in response to a COVID-19 outbreak. The Iowa Department of Public Health and Linn County Public Health are working closely with this facility to ...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 29, 2020

First COVID-19 Death Confirmed in Linn County

LINN COUNTY, IA - Linn County Public Health (LCPH) has been notified of the first death associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Linn County. The 61-80 year old male had underlying health conditions.

“We extend our deepest sympathies t...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 21, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Linn County

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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Public Health
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Longbranch Restaurant and Bar Attendees Asked to Self-Isolate

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Linn County Public Health received notification that a D.J. that performed at the The Longbranch Restaurant and Bar on Friday, March 6, and Friday, March 13, has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Anyone who was at the The Longbranch Restaurant and Bar on thes...

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Public Health
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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Public Health
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Linn County Public Health Advises Residents on Spring Break Travel

LINN COUNTY, IA - Linn County Public Health (LCPH) continues to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local partners to monitor and respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The v...

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Public Health
Posted on: January 15, 2020

Grow Solar Linn County Concludes With Record-Breaking Numbers

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Linn County, IA - The Grow Solar Linn County group purchase program has wrapped up their most successful year to date, surpassing its final benchmark of 350 kilowatts (kW) with 90 properties achieving 734.06 kW of new solar to be installed on properties i...

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Public Health
Posted on: November 20, 2019

Linn County Public Health Releases Annual Report

Linn County, IA – At a joint meeting on Friday, November 15, Linn County Board of Health Chair Mark Taylor and Linn County Board of Supervisor Chair Stacey Walker jointly released the Linn County Public Health (LCPH) FY19 Annual Report....

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Public Health
Posted on: November 1, 2019

Linn County Public Health Moves to Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building

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Linn County, IA – Linn County Public Health offices will close beginning at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, November 6, through Friday, November 8th. Linn County Public Health will reopen on Tuesday, November 12 at their new location, The Dr. Percy and Li...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 8, 2019

Linn County Public Health Expands Iowa’s First Wood-Burning Appliance Change-Out Program

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LINN COUNTY, IA – Linn County Public Health (LCPH) is expanding the Wood-Burning Change-Out Program – a voluntary program to improve air quality by providing vouchers to eligible homeowners to remove and replace old, non-certified wood...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 30, 2014

Born from 1945 through 1965? You Should Be Tested for Hepatitis C

Do you know your Hepatitis C status? Most people with Hepatitis C don’t know they are infected. If you were born between 1945 through 1965, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you get tested. Linn County Public Health (LCP...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: November 15, 2013

Some Linn County Schools Go Idle Free

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LINN COUNTY, IA - As school starts, parents and visitors to the Mt. Vernon Community School District (MVCSD) may notice something a little different this fall. Based on the assessment recommendations from Linn County Public Health (LCPH), Mt. Vernon’s ...Read on...

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