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‘We have to do better’: Health officials warn Linn County hospitals could become overwhelmed if cases continue to increase rapidly

During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, health experts warned Linn County residents that if cases of COVID-19 continue to increase as rapidly as they have been, hospitals will become overwhelmed in the next two to three weeks. Linn County saw its first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday, March 21. In less […]

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UnityPoint Health in Cedar Rapids opens respiratory illness clinic

UnityPoint Health in Cedar Rapids has opened a clinic dedicated to assisting patients with respiratory illness, including COVID-19. Starting Wednesday, UnityPoint Westside Urgent Care, 2375 Edgewood Rd SW, will only see patients with respiratory symptoms, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing. The urgent care clinic in Hiawatha is also closed because staff will be working […]

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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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Cedar Rapids school board approves spending $26 million to replace Jackson Elementary, as part of its Facilities Master Plan

The Cedar Rapids school board approved nearly $26 million in bonds for the construction of a new elementary school that will replace Jackson Elementary, as part of the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) Facilities Master Plan. Jackson is one of three elementary schools part of the plan’s first phase, along with Coolidge and Truman. […]

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CR Mayor Brad Hart talks infrastructure, traffic cameras and making ‘difficult decisions’ in State of the City speech

During his third State of the City speech, Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart shared his top infrastructure goals for 2020, his thoughts on the city’s traffic cameras and various projects residents can look forward to in 2020. Hart also acknowledged that during his two years as mayor there “have been — and will be — […]

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