COVID-19 Response

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City Service Implications

Based on the latest guidance from Linn County Public Health and the State of Iowa, and to help ensure the health and safety of our community given the presence of coronavirus in eastern Iowa, all City facilities are closed to the general public. Specifics are outlined below. It is best to communicate with the respective departments via phone or email. 

City Hall
Marion Public Library
Parks & Recreation Department
Engineering Department
Building Inspection
Water Department
Public Services Department
Fire Department
Police Department


COVID19 infographicBe in the Know about COVID-19

  • The virus causing COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified, and causes a respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe respiratory disease.
  • Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are believed to be the very old, very young and those with other chronic or underlying medical conditions.
  • No vaccine or treatment is currently available for COVID-19, so prevention is very important.

How the Virus Spreads

  • COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
  • People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease. 
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

What You Can Do Now

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/inside of arm.
  • Stay home if you are sick and do not go out in public until you are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer) or have signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).

What to Expect when you Call 9-1-1

  • If you need emergency services, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. We are still responding to emergency calls.
  • Our dispatchers may ask questions to determine if you have been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You may only see one medic at first, with the rest of the response team waiting outside. They may ask questions from a distance before making physical contact. 
  • Our medics may be wearing protective equipment such as masks, gowns and eye protection. Do not be alarmed, this is to protect our staff so that we may continue to serve this community.

 A Message from the Mayor


A letter from the Mayor - 04.02.20


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