COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update
A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID-19 in Iowa provided by Iowa Department of Public Health can be found at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/#CurrentStatus. For Cerro Gordo County data, visit https://cghealth.com/?page_id=3754.
Reopening Guidance Released for Iowa Businesses
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) released general guidance for businesses allowed to reopen starting May 1st. These guidelines are in addition to the measures outlined in the Governor’s Proclamation.
To view these guidelines, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/61/covid19/IDPH%20Reopening%20Guidance%204_27_20.pdf.
The Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) release restaurant specific guidance detailing certain public health measures that they recommend implementing to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. As a reminder, bars may continue to-go sales, as were allowed under the previous proclamations, but may not reopen to the general public. To view, please visit https://dia.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2020/04/dia-reopening-criteria-for-restaurants_2020-04-27.pdf.
CG Public Health has been developing tools and resources for business owners and managers, staff and the customers to ensure safety is front of mind as they re-open. “We have been planning for this to happen and look forward to continuing to serve as a partner and resource for local businesses,” says Jodi Willemsen, Environmental Health and Preparedness Manager.
These tools and resources are located at cghealth.com under the Coronavirus page, towards the bottom. For additional questions or concerns, call 641-421-9300 on Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
COVID-19 Disaster Relief Funds Distributed to 9 Organizations in North Iowa
The United Way of North Central Iowa has awarded the first round of funding to help local nonprofits struggling with the COVID-19 crisis. Nine organizations, chosen by a committee of United Way, Public Health, Emergency Management and Nonprofit representatives, were awarded money from the United Way’s COVID-19 Disaster Relief emergency funds.
“Agencies providing services to the most vulnerable in our community are seeing a stark rise due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” United Way of North Central Iowa CEO, Jen Arends states. “Nonprofits are having to increase and diversify the services they offer at the same time funding is becoming more tenuous. We need to come together as a community to ensure that our neighbors are cared for during this time and that is what these agencies are doing.”
All of the money will stay in the community, and the United Way is working with the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa to build the capacity of the fund. To donate to this fund, visit https://www.unitedwaynci.org/covid-19-disaster-relief-funds.