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April 2020

City of Cedar Rapids Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids was alerted today that a Cedar Rapids Police Department employee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The employee, age 41-60, came to work on Monday, April 27 and was temperature screened prior to beginning their shift. They began experiencing mild symptoms during their shift and alerted a supervisor. The employee was immediately sent home and was asked to consult a physician for testing.

Medical privacy prohibits the release of the employee’s name or other identifying information. The employee is currently isolating at home and being monitored for any progression of symptoms. Contact tracing is being conducted and any employee or member of the public with potential exposure  is being contacted. No other employee is showing symptoms at this time.

“We have been diligent to put proper protocols in place to protect our employees as well as protect the public when we are serving the community and responding to calls for service,” said Police Chief Wayne Jerman. “The Department has implemented safety procedures that were established in the event that an employee tested positive for COVID-19.”

The City’s coronavirus response protocols call for enhanced cleaning across the site, social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitizing and use of face masks and required PPE. Police Department personnel have been performing temperature checks before the beginning of each shift. The City’s Joint Communications Agency continues to ask screening questions to identify individuals who may be positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms. Dispatchers alert first responders if additional personal protective measures should be taken.

The City of Cedar Rapids also follows the CDC’s guidance governing self-quarantine for those who become ill. The Department and employee are following the recommendations of the employee’s medical provider, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and local public health officials. 

This case will not impact the Police Department’s service to the community.  The Department has established both a continuity of operations and response plan during this public health emergency to ensure essential services continue to be delivered to the community.


The most recent information about the City’s response to COVID-19 is available at

News – City of North Liberty - April 29, 2020

North Liberty is a growing, thriving and young community. Proud to be a family-friendly small town in the heart of Iowa.

Voter Information for June 2, 2020, Primary Election

A primary election will be held on June 2, 2020, which will nominate candidates for congressional, state legislative and county offices. A list of filed candidates for congressional and state nominations is available from the Secretary of State and for county offices is available from the Johnson County Auditor. Local, state and federal elections throughout Johnson County,…

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Finding a Place to Call Home

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Realtor Ashley Bermel came to Iowa while looking for somewhere to call home and now helps others to do the same. What drew her here was the strength and resilience of the people, and she adds to the ranks of those helping the community to preserver during difficult times. North Liberty is the headquarters of local…

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Cedar Valley Nature Trail Construction to begin April 30

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Beginning Thursday, April 30, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail will be closed between J Avenue NE and McCloud Run Place. The trail section will be closed through Friday, May 8 with the exception of being open during the weekend of May 2 and 3. It will close again on May 4. Trail users traveling southbound may detour south on Center Point Road NE, then west on J Avenue NE. Northbound trail users may detour east on J Avenue NE, north on Oakland Road NE, west on 32nd Street NE, then north on Center Point Road to return to McCloud Place. The closure will allow trail repairs and an asphalt overlay to be completed from J Avenue to 29th Street NE.

In addition, starting Monday, May 4, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail will be closed between 8th Avenue SE and 11th Avenue SE (adjacent to Parking Lot 44 in NewBo), for approximately three weeks. The work is associated with private utility relocations in advance of future construction on the NewBo flood levee. Pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to follow the posted detour along 2nd Street between 7th Avenue SE and 12th Avenue SE.

City of Cedar Rapids Extends Deadline for Applications to Serve on Boards and Commissions

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The City of Cedar Rapids has extended the deadline for applications to serve on City boards and commissions for fiscal year 2021 beginning July 1, 2020. Applications are now being accepted for all current and upcoming vacancies on many of the City's boards, commissions and advisory committees. Residents interested are asked to submit applications by May 15, 2020 to be considered.

The Cedar Rapids 
City Council appoints hundreds of community volunteers to serve as members of the City's various boards, commissions, committees and task forces. These volunteer groups are a large portion of the support system for our City government. All of the City's boards and commissions play a critical role in public policy development, implementation and review for the City Council.

A list of current board and commission members, term expiration dates, vacancies and required qualifications  is available on the Boards and Commissions page of the Cedar Rapids website. Residents interested in serving should submit an application to the City Clerk's Office through the website at

Gardner and Ellis Golf Courses and Disc Golf to Open

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Following Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines, Gardner Golf Course, 5101 Golf Course Road, Marion, will reopen to the public on Friday, May 1. Ellis Golf Course, 1401 Zika Ave. NW, will open for the season on Monday, May 4. Driving ranges will be open (Ellis will be mats only).  The courses will require social distancing in the clubhouse, in parking lots and throughout golf property. Tee times are required and have been extended to create more distance between players. While walking is encouraged, carts will be available but limited to one person only. Carts and push carts will be disinfected after each use.

In addition, the clubhouses will be used for check in and food purchase only, no loitering will be allowed. Only packaged food will be sold and all transactions must be made by credit card. Ball washers, water coolers and sand trap rakes will not be used on the course and golfers are encouraged to leave flag sticks in cups. For more information or to answer questions about accommodations, call Gardner Golf Course at 286-5586 and Ellis Golf Course at 286-5589.

The Parks and Recreation Department will also be reinstalling baskets to reopen disc golf next week.

Library Closure Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iowa City Public Library announces these updates:
The downtown library building will remain closed to the public until further notice. There will be no in-person library programs, public meeting room use, or ICPL Bookmobile service until possibly mid-August.
Starting Monday, May 4, library staff will resume answering phone calls to 319-356-5200 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Due dates have been extended through July 15 for everything borrowed from the library. Please keep library items until the library reopens. If items must be returned, the book return at the Downtown Library is open.
There will be Summer Reading Programs for all ages offered online. Look for updates in late May about the new virtual summer reading program, classes, and events. Updates will be shared on the Library's webpage at and through social media.
All decisions made by Iowa City Public Library leadership right now are intended to keep library users and staff as safe as possible during this pandemic.
For all Iowa City COVID-19 pandemic news, updates, and resources, visit the library digital branch at and  

Community Connection: Domestic violence awareness and resources available during a pandemic

Community Connection: DVIP

Community Connection is a video series that highlights community response efforts to the COVID-19 outbreak. Sadly, the stress factors of a crisis are often the cause of a spike in domestic violence. Mayor Bruce Teague speaks with Kristie Fortmann-Doser, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, and Sergeant Scott Stevens, Investigations Supervisor for the Iowa City Police Department in this episode. Learn why these service are so critical during this time of isolation and what efforts are being made to prevent domestic disputes and abuse, and the resources available for victims. Click here to watch

Community Connection will be shared on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the City's FacebookTwitter, and Nextdoor accounts, as well as air on City Channel 4

For all Iowa City COVID-19 news updates and resources, visit

Iowa City Police respond to report of assault near 515 E. College Street

IOWA CITY -- At about 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Iowa City Police received a report of an assault near 515 E. College Street. The caller reported being grabbed from behind by an unknown male while in the alley to the south.  The victim was able to fight and get away from the male, who ran eastbound. No physical injuries were reported.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s, at least six feet tall, 160 lbs., with brown eyes.  He was said to be wearing all black clothing, including a hoodie that was pulled around his face, and a black scarf.  He was also wearing purple winter gloves with black finger pads.  

Iowa City Police are asking for the public's help to investigate this incident. Anyone who was near this location during this time, or with possible information, is urged to contact Officer Colin Fowler at 319-356-5276.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about this incident, if an arrest is made. Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted via the P3 Tips app, online at, or by phone at 319-358-TIPS (8477). All tips and calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information are not required to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

City of Cedar Rapids Facility Closures and Transit Service Suspension Extended

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – In order to follow updated guidelines provided by the State of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Public Health, the City of Cedar Rapids is extending building closures and Cedar Rapids Transit Service until May 15, 2020.

Closed facilities include:

  • City Hall (101 1st St SE)
  • City Services Center (500 15th Avenue SW)
  • Cedar Rapids Water Administration (1111 Shaver Road NE)
  • Central Fire Station (713 1st Ave SE)
  • Animal Care and Control (7421 Washington View Parkway SW)
  • Cedar Rapids Police Station (505 1st St SW)
  • Ground Transportation Center (450 1st St SE)
  • NW Recreation Center (1340 11th St NW)
  • Bender Pool (940 14th Ave SE)

The Cedar Rapids Public Library remains closed until further notice.

Neighborhood Transportation Service (NTS) at Horizons will continue to provide day-time rides to work for those with critical employment transportation needs such as work at hospitals, grocery stores, care facilities, and convenience stores/gas stations. To schedule a ride, citizens should call 319-363-1321 at least 24 hours in advance. For more information about NTS services, schedules and regulations visit

The City’s emergency services continue, and services to the public are still operational and available either online or via phone or email. Departments are making efforts to ensure minimal disruption to public services during this time. A drop-box is available outside the City Services Center front lobby doors for those dropping off permits, payment, or other paperwork that would normally be dropped off in person at the front counter.  A drop-box is also available at the front of City Hall.

Please visit for the most updated information on City schedule modifications and closures.

Hilton Garden Inn Iowa City Downtown University hotel Recognized with 2019 Conrad Achievement Award

Hilton Garden Inn Iowa City Downtown University hotel announced it has been recognized with the 2019 Conrad Achievement Award from Hilton. Ranking in the top 3% of Hilton Garden Inn Branded hotels, the property is excited to be recognized with this award demonstrating the highest commitment to brand standards, guest satisfaction, and loyalty.

The Hilton Garden Inn Iowa City Downtown University hotel, located at 328 S. Clinton Street in Iowa City, IA, is operated by Kinseth Hospitality Companies and features a high-energy rooftop restaurant and cocktail bar, Vue Rooftop. Located on the 12th floor of the hotel, enjoy a memorable experience with food, music, and fantastic views of the Iowa City skyline. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn Iowa City Downtown University and Vue Rooftop, visit and

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, affordable accommodations and unexpected amenities for an experience that is ‘Simply on Another Level.’ The Hilton Garden Inn Promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. Team Members at more than 860 hotels in 49 countries and territories around the world ensure today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience, starting with the first hello. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn serves locally sourced food and beverage at its full-service restaurants and bars, featuring cooked-to-order dishes, handcrafted cocktails, and on-trend small plates. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. 

About Kinseth Hospitality
Kinseth Hospitality Companies (KHC) is a leading hotel management, development and ownership company. KHC has a proven track record of developing and operating award-winning hotels, restaurant and meeting facilities. Kinseth Hospitality is based in North Liberty, Iowa, and currently operates more than 80 hotels and 5 chain-affiliated restaurants in 15 states. For more information regarding KHC, please contact our Corporate Sales and Marketing Team at 319-626-5600 or visit

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,100 properties with more than 971,000 rooms, in 119 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, and was named the 2019 Global Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 103 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.