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June 2017

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail paved next to the Center Point Depot
The Cedar Valley Nature Trail next to the Center Point Depot

Cedar Valley Nature Trail Reopens


After several months of construction, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail has reopened to the public in Center Point from Iowa Street to the Grubbs Creek Bridge near Ash Lane. Additional enhancements will continue, including trail shoulder work, seeding and drainage improvements. This work may require intermittent closures this summer.

North of Center Point, the trail is closed from 56th Street to Urbana Road due to the bridge replacement over West Blue Creek. Linn County Conservation appreciates the public’s patience during these trail improvement projects.

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New School Immunization Requirement


Linn County Public Health reminds parents a new immunization requirement will be in effect next school year for all students enrolling in 7th and 12th grades.

The change requires a one-time dose of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine received on or after 10 years of age for students in grades 7 and above, if born after September 15, 2004; and two doses of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccines for students in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or one dose if received when students are 16 years-of-age or older.

This requirement is in effect for the 2017-2018 school year, so parents should plan now for the upcoming school year. MORE…

Linn County Public Health Offers Free Hepatitis C Screening to Baby Boomers During June


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 30 Baby Boomers has Hepatitis C, and most don’t know it. Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease resulting from infection with the Hepatitis C virus.

Baby Boomers (adults born between 1945 and 1965) are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C compared to other populations. The exact reason why Baby Boomers are at increased risk for Hepatitis C is not known, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all Baby Boomers be screened for Hepatitis C at least once in their lifetime.

During the month of June, Linn County Public Health will offer free, confidential Hepatitis C screening to adults born between 1945 and 1965. Results are ready in just 20 minutes.

Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer and liver transplants in the United States. Screening helps people learn if they are infected and get them into lifesaving care and treatment.

To schedule an appointment for a confidential Hepatitis C screening, call Linn County Public Health at 319-892-6093.

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Absentee Voting Underway for Special County Election


Early, absentee voting is currently underway for the Linn County Special Election to choose a County representation plan. Linn County voters will select one of three county supervisor representation plans.

Individuals may vote in-person at the Election Services Department of the Auditor’s Office, located in the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Voters may also request to have an absentee ballot mailed to them.

Election Day is Tuesday, August 1, 2017. MORE...

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Linn County Child Development Center Recognized for Quality Care


The Linn County Child Development Center recently received a level 4 rating from the Iowa Quality Rating System.  Level 4 is the second highest rating possible.

The Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) is a voluntary child care rating system for child development homes, licensed child care centers and preschools, and child care programs that are operated by school districts.

Programs complete a rigorous application process to meet key indicators in professional development, health and safety, environment, family and community partnerships and leadership and administration.
 
Achieving the QRS level 4 certificate means parents and the community can be assured the Linn County Child Development Center is committed to providing the highest quality of care for Linn County children.

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Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County Bulk Solar Purchase Program Announced


Home and business owners throughout Linn County are invited to participate in a program to access lower prices for solar installations through the power of volume purchasing.

The Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County program is a joint effort of the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, The Nature Conservancy, Indian Creek Nature Center, and Iowa 350.

This program will reduce carbon emissions while providing residents with the opportunity to invest in their own high-quality renewable energy solar installation with potentially significant savings on installation cost.
 
The program is administered by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association at no cost to the city or the county.
 
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association is hosting a series of free, public, one-hour long educational sessions called Solar Power Hours for prospective participants to learn how solar energy works and to answer questions. Visit SolarizeLinnCounty.com to learn more.

Free Community Film Screening of Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic


The Sexual Health Alliance of Linn and Johnson County Coalition, in partnership with Linn County Public Health, Linn County Immunization Coalition, Johnson County Public Health, and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland invite community members to a free screening of the film, Someone You Love, at the Cedar Rapids Public Library on July 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Beems Auditorium. 

The 80-minute film documents five women’s stories who are afflicted by HPV and cervical cancer. The film also interviews some of the world’s top experts on HPV. MORE...

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Linn County Offices Closed July 4


Linn County governmental offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. Regular business hours resume July 5.

The following services will continue to operate:

  • Juvenile Detention and Diversion Services

  • The Sheriff’s Office will be closed; however, continuous operations will be available for routine and emergency responses, including the Patrol Division, Communications Division and the Correctional Center. In an emergency, always dial 911.

Vehicle registrations can be renewed online at any time at www.iowataxandtags.gov.

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