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When’s the Community Center Reopening?

When’s the Community Center Reopening?

For now, the Community Center continues to host our childcare program for school-age kids and, starting June 1, will host more kids for our summer camp. These are essential programs to help our community’s working families, and we plan to keep the building closed to the public at first to allow us to spread kids and caregivers out throughout the facility.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources

A variety of resources and information about COVID-19 is available at northlibertyiowa.org/coronavirus/

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

You can help keep your family and community healthy by limiting interactions, washing your hands often, not touching your face, keeping six feet from others, covering your face.


Take the online Test Iowa assessment so public health officials can assess, test and track the disease.

Visit Test Iowa


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: May 29, 2020, 5:34 p.m.

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

  • City Hall is closed to the public until June 15.
  • Payments can be made at a drop box, online or by phone, with fees waived.
  • We are postponing water shut offs for delinquent bills through the current billing cycle.
  • Public meetings, including City Council, will be held electronically. The public can submit comments via email and watched online.

Library

Contact by phone: (319) 626-5701
Contact online northlibertylibrary.org

  • The library is closed to the public.
  • 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, including the Summer Reading Program, will be delivered remotely.

Recreation

Contact by phone: (319) 626-5716
Contact online northliberty.recdesk.com

  • The recreation facilities are closed to the public.
  • Programs, with the exception of Recsters Summer Camp, have been cancelled through June. Some will be rescheduled for future dates. Credits, refunds or extensions will be issued.
  • Registration for summer programming has been delayed indefinitely.
  • We will not have a normal summer pool season, but will continue to explore options.

Parks

  • Play structures and splashpads are closed.
  • Ballfields are closed to organized activities until June 8 when local teams can resume practices. Games with local players may occur starting June 15.
  • Parks, trail 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).
  • Events through June are cancelled, and maybe rescheduled at a later date.

Permits

Contact by phone: (319) 626-5713

Trash, Recycling & Yard Waste

Contact Johnson County Refuse by phone: (319) 665-4498

  • Normal operations have resumed.
  • Spring Cleanup Day has been postponed until a to-be-determined date in the fall.

Transit

Contact Coralville Transit by phone: (319) 248.1790

  • The North Liberty fixed route service through Coralville Transit has been suspended.
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 ways to help our community through this pandemic and its aftermath, here are some organizations focusing their work in North Liberty, Johnson County and Iowa, who are looking for volunteers and financial support.

Community Foundation of Johnson County

The Community Foundation of Johnson County has activated its emergency response fund for the community’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Emergency Response Fund will provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations in Johnson County working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

Johnson County Medical Reserve Corp

Johnson County Public Health is building its Medical Reserve Corp with people who have a health or medical background or training who could provide additional support to healthcare if  it’s needed. Register through IAserv. Click on the “Register Now” tab and you’ll see a red plus sign next to “Add Organizations.” Select “Iowa Medical Reserve Corps Organizations” and counties will appear below. When volunteers are requested, the MRC Volunteer Coordinator will help you find roles that are suited to you.

North Liberty Community Pantry

The North Liberty Community Pantry exists to engage our community in feeding and clothing our neighbors. Through the pandemic, the pantry is maintaining operations with drive-through and delivered food for families in need.

United Way Community Disaster Relief Fund

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties and its partners are committed to ensuring that our region’s most vulnerable families have the support they need to weather the short- and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

United Way Volunteer Center

In response to the COVID-19, the United Way Volunteer Center has opened an Emergency Volunteer Center for information about a variety of community needs and volunteer opportunities.

Virtual Tip Jar

Find your favorite restaurant, coffee shop and bar worker in Iowa and consider “tipping” them while being under closure using their Venmo or Paypal accounts.

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.

Food

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

Clear Creek Amana School District is serving lunch Monday through Friday for kids from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 PM

 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.

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.
Virtual Tip Jar you can add yourself to the list of restaurant, coffee shop and bar workers to potentially receive “tips” so local customers can still help support you.

Economic & Small Business

We’re In This 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

Grantwatch is a website that can keep you updated to all available grants in Iowa and the United States due to Covid-19. These can be for individuals or businesses.

Free Wi-Fi Access Loactions:

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

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.

Errand Running by university students and community members will do FREE errand running within a 20-mile radius of Iowa City.

Daycare:

  • 4CS is taking children under 5,  they have nearly 30 spots open and emergency childcare funding is available (inquire with 4Cs about application and qualifications).
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