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Owners of Eco Lips and Cedar Ridge Winery make hand sanitizer to give away for free during coronavirus crisis

Hand sanitizer is in high demand, with stores in Iowa and across the country experiencing shortages as people stock up to protect themselves from COVID-19. Seeing the community need for the product, business owner Steve Shriver and Dr. Ryan Sundermann decided to pair up with Jeff Quint, owner of Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery to make more. […]

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Brock About Town: Corona Time

Editor’s Note: Since the writing of this article, the seriousness of the threat of COVID-19 in Iowa—and the world at large—has continued to escalate. There are now 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, which is likely to rise, and mass closings of businesses and public spaces have taken place. The CDC is recommending self-isolation […]

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A local DJ tests positive for COVID-19; Johnson and Linn county officials respond differently

County government buildings in Johnson County will be closed to the general public starting on Wednesday, and they will remained closed through March 31, according to a press release from the county. “We’re just changing our business model,” Dave Wilson, director of the county’s Emergency Management Agency, said at press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “Government’s […]

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Linn County announces building closures

Linn County announced on Tuesday afternoon it’s closing most of its facilities to the general public “in an effort to limit public interactions and gathering” during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press release from the county, normal services will still be available from each department, but the public will need to contact the department […]

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Cedar Rapids wants restaurants and bars to close for St. Patrick’s Day to limit spread of COVID-19

The City of Cedar Rapids is asking all bars and restaurants to close tomorrow for St. Patrick’s Day to prevent people from gathering in large crowds, in which the risk of spreading coronavirus is higher. Normal St. Patrick’s Day activities would cause a “public safety hazard,” city manager Jeff Pomeranz said during a press conference […]

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Gov. Reynolds confirms ‘substantial community spread’ of COVID-19, will not order business closures (yet)

Governor Reynolds and state officials provide an update on COVID-19 response efforts in Iowa. Posted by Governor Kim Reynolds on Monday, March 16, 2020 During a late Monday afternoon press conference on COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds said it was too soon for the state to impose restrictions on large public gatherings or on public spaces […]

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