Both the Anamosa library and Lawrence Community Center announced their closures March 15, canceling all programs. The library family story time will be live on Zoom beginning March 25 and that due dates for items currently checked out have been extended to April 17.

The Anamosa Fire Department will not be able to accept cans or bottles until further notice.

The Anamosa Police Department announced March 17 that the department lobby will be closed until March 31. The front desk will remain accessible; however, citizens are asked to call ahead, as many services can be handled over the phone. Please call 319-462-4371 if you need an officer or 911 if it is an emergency.

The city’s Spring Cleanup, scheduled for April 25, has been postponed.


Wyoming library announced their closure Thursday, March 19. Due dates for items currently checked out have been extended to May 5. All meetings and programs at the library have been canceled or postponed. Library staff will be working regular hours. We will be answering phones during working hours. There will be no late fees while the library closed.

The City of Wyoming announced March 20 that effective immediately Wyoming City Hall will be closed through March 31, with a possible continuation. While it is currently anticipated that City Hall will reopen on Monday, April 1, it is possible that closures will continue. City Council and other public meetings until April 12 will be held electronically, with a possible continuation also. The meeting notice will be posted on the door of City Hall and on the city website consistent with current practices. The meeting notice will include additional detail and instruction related to your ability to participate in the meeting electronically on Zoom. City Hall will continue to be staffed, phones will be answered, mail opened, and work performed. Utility bills can be paid via credit card by calling City Hall with the normal fees for the use of a credit card being waived at this time. You may also pay by depositing a check in the drop box.


Starting March 23, Olin City Hall was closed to the public. Payments can still be dropped off in the drop box at city hall. Residents can get assistance either by emailing or calling 319-484-2875. The Olin library is closed to patrons.


The City of Springville released the following letter from Springville City Clerk Dee Wagaman:

“Here in Springville, we are all concerned about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our community, our families, and our loved ones. Our office has been in touch with our local fire and rescue as well as all levels of government to mitigate and recover from this event. Things are constantly changing, and we want our citizens to know that your City is keeping up on all the latest information and will do our best to keep you informed. We are continuing to identify community resources that are available and will become available. If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, please contact us, and we will do our best to direct you to the right resource.

“To help keep everyone safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we kindly ask that you limit your exposure to City Hall.

“We encourage you to:

“Call or e-mail us. If you have a question or concern, please call or e-mail us prior to coming into our office. We will try to facilitate your request remotely, if possible, to help keep everyone safe.”

Reach City Hall by calling 319-854-6428 or emailing

For water payments, residents are asked to place payments into the drop box located in the door at City Hall. Those with people in Springville that are concerned for their well-being are encouraged to contact the city staff.

Springville Public Works Director Todd Wyman also released the following:

“The Springville Public Works is committed to our community’s health and well-being. We will be able to continue to provide you and your family with safe water for use in drinking, cooking, bathing and laundry. The City of Springville has two deep drilled wells that we get our water from and a 250,000-gallon elevated storage tank. One of the wells is backed up by a diesel-powered generator in the event we would experience a power outage.

“Our sanitary sewer system is gravity fed to one lift station. The lift station then moves the liquid to a lagoon system out of town. This lift station is also backed up by a diesel-powered generator to ensure an uninterrupted and working sanitary sewer system.

“What can you do to help? Do not panic. Easier said than done but use normal common sense. Do not flush anything down your toilet that you would not normally (rags or towels of any kind). Wash your hands often with soap and hot water, cover your cough and keep your hands away from your face, and practice social distancing.

“Our department will continue to care for the streets and buildings, and the parks will be cleaned and mowed as normal. All other things will be done as normal as time allows.

“The City Maintenance Department will be doing the following things to avoid the spread of this virus.

“1. Limiting face to face meetings

“2. Closing our facilities to outside customers/vendors

“3. Utilizing the use of phone, text, fax and e-mail If you have any questions regarding the information provided above, please contact me at 319-854-6428 or”

Oxford Junction

Oxford Junction City Hall is closed through March 31st with a possible continuation. City Hall will continue to be staffed, phones will be answered, mail opened, and work performed. Utility bills can be paid by using the drop box on the door or by US Postal Service. Please call City Hall at 563-826-2400 during regular business hours with any questions.


The library is closed, and no events are allowed at the community center.

Jones County

All county facilities were closed to the public beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, until further notice. Staff will be on duty to provide assistance by telephone and email. Limited in-person appointments may continue to be available through all county departments, except the treasurer’s office. The treasurer’s office is closed to in-person services (driver’s license, motor vehicle registrations and property taxes). Please call 319-462-3559 for remote services. A drop box is located in the west entrance of the Courthouse for property tax and motor vehicle payments.

Payment of property taxes and registration and license renewals and any late fees or penalties were suspended.

The following are service updates for Jones County:

• Passport Services in the Auditor’s Office — suspended. Call 319 462-2282 to discuss options.

• JETS Transit — beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, — medical trips only — call 319 465-6564 for more information.

• Senior Dining — congregate site meals have been suspended. Call 319 462-4484 for information.


Animal Welfare Friends will be open by appointment only until further notice. Please call the shelter number to make an appointment if needed at 319-975-8283. The shelter still needs help from volunteers with cleaning chores and animal walking/socialization. Sign up online or call the shelter.

Linn County

Due to COVID-19 virus concerns, specifically as they apply to maintaining 6’ social distancing, inmate visitation at the Linn County Correctional Center will be canceled effective Sunday, March 22, according to a press release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. Visitation will resume once precautionary measures have been lifted.

Inmates are being allowed to send out additional free letters and work is being done provide inmates with free additional phone calls so that they can continue to stay in touch with family and friends.

March 23, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office announced in a press release that the Linn County Sheriff’s Office will close to the public.

Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said that, “all of our divisions remain operational, employees continue to report for duty, and the public is being advised to connect with us via phone, email, and through our website.”

The release said that the civil division will continue to serve legal processes and the patrol division will continue to respond to emergency and routine calls for service, but that patrol calls may be handled over the phone instead of in-person.

The Linn County Correctional Center remains open, but all inmates serving time have been temporarily furloughed by the court and have been released from custody, according to the release.

Information concerning specific division operations can be found at

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