COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

The City Council unanimously adopted a resolution advising those in North Liberty to keep social distance and wear masks in public and businesses to adopt must-wear policies. The initiative remains in effect.


Help keep our community healthy by following the advice of public health experts: staying home if you can, wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, washing your hands and getting vaccinated when it’s available to you.


COVID-19 is a respiratory disease. It is mild to moderate for most people, but can cause severe illness and result in death for some. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, have the greatest risk of becoming severely ill. There is no vaccine at this time.

Updated: March 12, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases locally plateaus, and the governor eases restrictions, we will continue to monitor federal, state and local public health guidance as a city. We see bringing the public back into city facilities as a dial, not a switch, and we will adjust it as we are responsibly able.

City Hall

Contact by phone: (319) 626-5700
Contact online northlibertyiowa.org
Masks required.

Library

Contact by phone: (319) 626-5701
Contact online northlibertylibrary.org
Access by appointment. Masks required.

  • Public access is available by appointment for browsing, computer use, DOT kiosk and notary services. Call to make an appointment. Masks are required for access.
  • We will offer curbside, no-contact Library Hop service by calling or emailing [email protected].
  • We have suspended outreach programming in other facilities until further notice.
  • Books can be returned to the outside drop box or kept through the closure.
  • Enhanced Wi-Fi service is available in the library’s parking lot.
  • In-person programming is canceled. Programming will be delivered remotely.

Recreation

Contact by phone: (319) 626-5716
Contact online northliberty.recdesk.com
Access by appointment. Masks required.

Parks

  • Play structures are open, but unsanitized; use at your own risk.
  • Ballfields are open to organized activities with local players and required safety protocols.
  • Parks, trail, playgrounds and outdoor public spaces remain open, but the public should practice social distancing (maintain six feet of space, not congregate in groups, wear face coverings).

Permits

Contact by phone: (319) 626-5713
Access by appointment. Masks required.

  • The Building Department is open to the public by appointment.
  • In-person inspections of occupied buildings have been delayed.

Transit

Contact Coralville Transit by phone: (319) 248.1790

  • The North Liberty fixed route service through Coralville Transit is operating. Masks are required.
Johnson County State of Iowa Federal

This pandemic is moving quickly. Links to public health resources at the county, state and federal level will have the most up-to-date information. We will provide links and information to help our residents navigate this pandemic here.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency activating the public health response and recovery aspects which restricts business and makes other changes.  North Liberty Mayor Terry Donahue issued a joint request with the mayors of Iowa City and Coralville that residents eliminate non-essential trips.

Prevention of COVID-19 is the same as that for other respiratory illnesses (like flu) in addition to social distancing, including staying home. These actions don’t just protect you. They help keep our whole community safe, especially our most vulnerable residents, by slowing the spread of the disease.

Anxiety is understandable and expected, and the Iowa Department of Public Health offers some suggestions for dealing with that anxiety. Be aware that scammers will take advantage of that anxiety.

We’ll work to keep this page up-to-date with resources as more information and resources become available.

How it spreads

COVID-19 spreads from person to person, mainly through coughs and sneezes of infected people or between people who are in close contact.

Take precautionary measures

According to Iowa Department of Public Health, precautions currently being recommended for Iowans include:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces by using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. 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.
  7. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and have traveled to an area with widespread COVID-19 transmission or otherwise feel you may have been exposed, please contact your health care provider.

The Center for Disease Control has provided recommendation to stop the spread of germs.

COVID-19 Symptoms

If you suspect you are infected with COVID-19, call ahead before visiting a medical facility so they can prepare. Do not go to an emergency room with mild symptoms.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Call your doctor right away if you experience these symptoms and have:

  • been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or
  • recently traveled from an area with ongoing community spread

CDC has a factsheet with more information about what to do if you are sick with COVID-19.

Stay informed

Avoid misinformation by following the following trusted sources:

  • The State of Iowa has opened its 211 hotline as the central resource for those with questions.
  • The Iowa Department of Public Health provides up-to-date information regarding this virus on their website, as well as guidance for businesses, schools, healthcare, long-term care, general public, and travelers.
  • The Center for Disease Control has a dedicated summary of the virus, including symptoms, risk assessment, and preventative measures.

Make a Plan

It is important for residents to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way they prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt their normal routine.

Make a plan and discuss it with your family. What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your daycare provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill? These are all questions to consider.

It is normal to be concerned about a new virus.

Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death.

If you’re looking for help in our community through this pandemic and its aftermath, here are some organizations and programs focusing their support in North Liberty, Johnson County and Iowa.

211

Free help is available through the United Way’s statewide 211 hotline.

Use the 211 App, visit the 211 webpageor call 2-1-1 on your mobile phone. A trained professional will assist you to determine the best local options to connect you to the help you need. Try the free 211 Iowa app.

Landline: 2-1-1
Toll Free: 1-866-469-2211
Any phone: 319-739-4211
Text your ZIP code: 898211

Food

The North Liberty Community Pantry is maintaining operations with shopping and delivered food for families in need through the pandemic.

 Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center is currently closed but they have started a pet food pantry; call (319) 356-5295

Housing & Shelter

Johnson County Affordable Housing has a list of  resources to help housing- and food-insecure residents of Johnson County available.
The Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program can help eligible families with 12 months of rent and/or utilities.

Unemployment

Iowa Workforce Development manages unemployment benefits in Iowa, including benefits granted by the CARES Act.
Iowa Workforce Development is also providing a list of temporary jobs for people affected by unemployment.

Economic & Small Business

Project Together is a collaboration of Think Iowa City, Iowa City Area Development Group, Iowa City Area Business Partnership & the Iowa City Downtown District providing continuing updates and resources for the local business community.

Iowa Economic Development is gathering available resources for small businesses, including the small business relief, grants and loans.

Other

Mental Health is Important. Call any of the numbers below if you are in need of help.

  • Your Life Iowa Crisis Line: 855-581-8111
  • CommUnity Crisis Line: 855-325-4296 or http://iowacrisischat.org/
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990
  • Iowa Concern hotline: 800-447-1985
  • 50 and Older can fill out this form to get well check calls

Johnson County Social Services helps residents access many essential services like childcare and clothing, food and legal assistance, health services and transpiration. Call one of the departments listed on the website

Free Wi-Fi Access

  • Penn Medows Park (170 North Dubuque Street)
  • North Liberty Community Center (520 West Cherry Street)

Rent & Utility Assistance

The Iowa Utilities Board issued an emergency order extending the winter moratorium on disconnections of gas and electric service to certified Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) eligible residential customers. Visit HACAP to apply.

MidAmerican Energy has stopped disconnecting customers for non-payment and is waiving deposits and late fees. The company will also work with customers to set up payment plans.

Alliant Energy temporarily suspending disconnections for customers. In addition, the company plans to waive late fees to help customers who are suffering financial hardships.

The Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program can help eligible families with 12 months of rent and/or utilities.

Testing

Test Iowa offers free testing, regardless of symptoms. Take the online Test Iowa assessment so public health officials can assess, test and track the disease. Testing is free.

If you have symptoms, contact your healthcare provider for a telemedicine appointment and possible testing.

Some local pharmacies, including the North Liberty Pharmacy, offer free testing by appointment.

Some local pharmacies, including the North Liberty Walgreens, offer paid rapid testing by appointment.

Vaccinations

Vaccination supplies are currently limited. In Iowa, county public health departments have the most up-to-date information on vaccinations. Johnson County Public Health offers links to UIHC, Hy-Vee, Walgreens and other area independent pharmacies, or CPESN, that offer vaccinations.

The Iowa Department of Public Health can help Iowans find vaccine providers near them at vaccinate.iowa.gov.

The United Way’s statewide 211 hotline can help those 65 and older schedule a vaccine. To connect call 2-1-1 (landline), 1 (866) 469-2211 (toll free), or (319) 739-4211 from any phone.

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