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United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties looking for volunteers for ‘Free Laundry Day’ and other community needs

Laundromania is making Wednesday, April 1, Free Laundry Day at its locations in Johnson County for those experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19. “This is a special day for people in need.” Laundromania owner Brian DeCoster said in a written statement. “We ask that our patrons who regularly do their laundry with Laundromania and have […]

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Iowa City Community School District announces changes to its grab-and-go meal program

As the Iowa City Community School District begins its second week of distributing grab-and-go meals during the school shutdown, there’s been a major change to the program. The program distributes prepacked lunches and breakfast for the following day to anyone 18 or younger — they do not have to be enrolled in one of the district’s schools to receive the meals. When it was launched last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture rules required the child to be present to receive a meal. But in an email sent to parents on Sunday night, the district said that has changed. […]

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Mayor Bruce Teague will host ‘Community Connection,’ an online show about COVID-19 and Iowa City

The City of Iowa City is launching an online show about the local response to COVID-19. Community Connection will feature Mayor Bruce Teague talking to area officials and community leaders about the impact of the disease, and what is being done stop its spread and help people. Iowa City Community School District Superintendent Stephen Murley […]

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Iowa City Council moves its meetings online in response to COVID-19

Because of the spread of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, the Iowa City Council is moving to online meetings, starting with its Tuesday, March 24, work session and formal session. The public will still be able to watch the council session in real-time and participate in the meetings. People can watch both council sessions on City Channel 4, the city’s YouTube page and the city’s Facebook page. […]

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Iowa City Transportation Department announces changes for parking ramps, bus service

Parking will be free in Iowa City’s parking ramps during the COVID-19 emergency, the Iowa City Department of Transportation announced on Monday. But that doesn’t mean the department is encouraging people to come downtown. “We strongly encourage the public to stay home and limit transit trips to those that are absolutely essential,” the department said […]

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Gov. Reynolds suspends foreclosures, says state is being ‘proactive’ in supplying medical needs, as UIHC asks the public for donations of protective gear

Gov. Reynolds suspended all foreclosures on residential, commercial and agricultural properties on Sunday. The suspension, which lasts through April 16, was included in a new State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The new declaration also closes businesses not covered in the emergency declarations the governor issued on March 17 and 19. “Effective at 10 p.m. today, […]

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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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