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Mount Mercy University adjusts to fall semester shaped by the derecho, COVID-19 and its president resigning

Students and faculty at Mount Mercy University (MMU) in Cedar Rapids are adjusting to a new normal this fall semester. When students began their semester in early September — whether that was through online or hybrid instruction — the campus was already dealing the impacts of the Aug. 10 derecho and the COVID-19 pandemic. Two […]

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Derecho relief: Survey asks Linn County residents about their needs; FEMA is closing Cedar Rapids center

Linn County agencies have created a questionnaire to identify what residents still need in the aftermath of the Aug. 10 derecho. County residents impacted by the derecho are encouraged to complete the questionnaire. Linn County Public Health, HACAP and Waypoint partnered with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to create the assessment. The information provided […]

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Q&A: Two contact tracers at Linn County Public Health discuss their job and what they’re seeing during the county’s current surge

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Linn County — and across Iowa — continue to increase daily. As of Thursday morning, Linn County Public Health was reporting 2,204 confirmed cases in the county and 87 deaths. There are 299 active cases, according to LCPH. Community spread makes up nearly 70 percent of the county’s total confirmed […]

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Linn County Board of Health calls for racism to be addressed as a public health crisis

The Linn County Board of Health is calling for immediate action to address racism as a public health crisis. The board outlined seven actions in a position statement published on Thursday, including establishing an Office of Minority Health at Linn County Public Health; urging businesses to incorporate implicit bias training and offer educational training to […]

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Two more long-term care facilities in Linn County with COVID-19 outbreaks are now considered recovered

Two more long-term care facilities in Linn County have recovered from outbreaks of COVID-19, Linn County Public Health announced on Friday. Living Center West and ManorCare Health Services, both in Cedar Rapids, have had no new cases for two consecutive incubation periods, or 28 days. Living Center West had 81 residents and staff test positive […]

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Linn County moves to second phase of reopening, additional long-term care outbreak reported in the county

Linn County has met all the necessary criteria to move onto phase two of the county’s phased reopening approach, Linn County Public Health said on Wednesday. LCPH released a phased reopening approach on May 14, a day before various businesses were allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. LCPH began monitoring 10 disease and resource […]

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Heritage Specialty Care in Cedar Rapids has recovered from COVID-19 outbreak, according to Linn County Public Health

Heritage Specialty Care, a long-term care facility in Cedar Rapids, has recovered from an outbreak of COVID-19, Linn County Public Health announced on Thursday. The department defines “recovery” as no new cases for 28 consecutive days, which is two incubation periods. Heritage was the first long-term care facility in Linn County to experience an outbreak […]

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