Here are listings of closures, postponements, and cancellations to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Virus in our communities
UPDATE May 13
To continue to be respectful of social distancing guidelines, the RELISH Grief Support Group that was scheduled for May 18th at 5:00pm at Perkins is cancelled. We will attempt to reconvene on June 22nd at 5:00pm at Sombrero’s. Please call Natalie Lee at 515-643-8400 with any questions.
UPDATE MAY 6
End the Stigma- Make it Ok Webinar
1 in 5 Iowans will have some kind of mental illness in a given year, and many don’t get the help they need due to stigma, fear of repercussions at work and the lack of access to quality and affordable treatment. Recognizing that stigma is a major barrier to seeking treatment. The Iowa Healthiest State Initiative launched Make It OK, a community campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
When we start talking, we realize that mental illnesses are more common and relatable than we think. And more importantly, people experiencing mental illnesses will be treated with respect, acceptance and be more apt to get the care they need when stigma is eliminated.
We hope you can join us to learn more about Make It OK and ways to engage.
Presenter: Jami Haberl
When: Tuesday, May 19, 7:00-8:00pm
Where: online! Registration is required
UPDATE APRIL 29
HIRTA EXTENDS FARE FREE SERVICE through 5/31/2020
For the continued safety of our riders and drivers, HIRTA will remain FARE FREE through 5/31/2020, and continue to request people only use HIRTA for essential and critical needs. We also request that all riders be mindful of our drivers and other passengers and follow these guidelines:
• Wear a face-covering over your nose and mouth while on the bus
• Sit further away, keeping a safe distance from the driver and other passengers
• Do not touch drivers or other passengers
• If using a mobility device, turn your head away from the driver and don’t talk to them while they are securing your device
HIRTA is committed to running our operations as normal to ensure residents can depend on us as a reliable transportation option in these unreliable times.
HIRTA’s Executive Director, Julia Castillo says “The intention is not to increase ridership, these measures are strictly for the safety of our riders and drivers. HIRTA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, follow CDC guidelines and make adjustments as needed. Right now, we need everyone to do their part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, and keep themselves and others, who must use HIRTA’s services , as safe as possible.
UPDATE APRIL 22
100 + People Who Care – Grinnell Encourage Support of Area Organizations
100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will not be holding their regular quarterly meeting in April, due to COVID-19 precautions. Instead, members will be voting with their dollars by writing checks to support area organizations responding to COVID-19. 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell members nominated organizations they know to be helping meet the urgent needs in the community resulting from or accentuated by the pandemic, and a total of 7 organizations were nominated.
Second Quarter Nominations – 2020
For further information regarding 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell or this quarter’s special process for the organization, please contact any of the founding board members: Christine Day (641-485-6180), Dennis Day (641-485-6118), Donna Ricks (319-269-9626) or Al Ricks (319-269-3475)
UPDATE MARCH 31
In response to the COVID-19 directive, , The First United Methodist Church in Newtonis cancelling all church activities until given clearance to resume. The Wednesday Night Meals will continue as a takeout sack supper, and will be served outside the south elevator lobby in the church. “First Church on the air” will continue on KCOB Radio at 0 am Sunday mornings.
In response to the evolving COVID-19 virus, Jasper County is taking measures to protect the public and employees. Effective immediately – the Courthouse and all other County buildings are closed to the general public until further notice. If you are planning to visit one of the County Buildings, please call ahead to see if you can conduct your business electronically or over the phone. The county will remain open and conducting business during this time. Visit the Jasper County website at www.jasperia.org for the most up-to-date information and monitor our local media to stay abreast of the rapidly evolving situation. The current instructions pertaining to county services are listed below. We ask that you take the necessary actions to keep your family safe.
Until further notice Board of Supervisors meetings will continue you to be held on the first 4 Tuesdays of every month beginning at 9:30 a.m. These meetings will be held as usual in the Board of Supervisors Room at the Courthouse. However, we will limit the number of people that can be in attendance to 10. Those people will be, the Board of Supervisors, the Auditor, those people who have business with the Board and are listed on the agenda, 1 member from the Newton Daily News and one member from KCOB Radio. If a member of the public needs to discuss an item that is not listed on the Board’s agenda, they can call into the Auditors Office at 641-792-7016 and your telephone call will be transferred into the Board meeting.
UPDATE MARCH 23
First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Jasper County – According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the individual is self-isolating at home.
Effective March 18, 2020 – until further notice: Due to COVID-19 and public health concerns, Poweshiek
County is taking steps to protect employees and the public. Poweshiek County has elected to close their
offices to the public to limit the spread of COVID-19. If you are planning to visit one of the county
offices, please call ahead to see if you can conduct your business electronically or over the phone. Our
employees will continue to perform essential county services by appointment. Law enforcement
services will continue with extra protocols in place. Essential court proceedings are still taking place.
Our goal is to protect the citizens and employees of Poweshiek County. Please contact the department
by phone if you have questions regarding services. The current instructions pertaining to county services
are listed below:
County Attorney: Closed to public but working daily until further notice. Please call 641-623-5135 with
County Treasurer: Closed to public but working daily until further notice. There is a drop box inside the
south entrance to courthouse for payments and payments can still be mailed. Online property tax and
vehicle tax payments can be made at www.iowataxandtags.org Please call 641-623-5128 (Tax) or 641-
623-2137 (Motor Vehicle) with any questions.
Driver’s License: Poweshiek County is suspending driver’s license services. Driver’s license can be
renewed at Ankeny or Marshalltown at this time. Please call 641-623-3101 with any questions.
Recorder’s Office: Closed to public but working daily until further notice. There is a drop box inside the
south entrance to courthouse for documents/payments. Public access to land records and vital records
stored in the Recorder’s vault is not allowed, therefore no genealogy searches or unnecessary land
record searches may be performed until further notice. Land records may be accessed at
www.iowalandrecords.org from 1993 to present. Boat, snowmobile and ATV/UTV license renewals can
be performed by mail. Hunting and fishing licenses can be performed online at www.iowadnr.gov .
Certified copies of birth, death, & marriage records can be obtained through the mail. Please call 641-
623-5434 for more information.
Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff’s Office recommends calling ahead to 641-623-5679 to see if you can conduct
business electronically or over the phone. The office will remain open but with limited operation of
services. Inmate visitation is cancelled (only attorney professional visits allowed); all public
fingerprinting, citizen ride a longs, public facilities tours are cancelled. If you have questions regarding
the Coronavirus do not call dispatch, call 211 and the Iowa Department of Health will answer those
County Auditor: Closed to public but working daily until further notice. Passport services are suspended
until further notice. Nomination papers for June 2 Primary and November 3 General Election will be
accepted in office. Please call for appointment. Requesting an absentee ballot by mail for the Primary
Election (may be received now until May 22) and General Election (cannot receive until July 6) is strongly
encouraged. Voter registration is recommended to be conducted by mail, through the Iowa Department
of Transportation Driver’s License or Iowa Secretary of State Websites. Fiscal year 2021 city, township
and school budgets will be accepted in the office. Please call for appointment. Please call 641-623-5443
with questions or further information.
County Assessor: Closed to public but working daily until further notice. Filings for homestead, military,
veteran, and business tax credits are encouraged to be filed electronically or by mail. Forms are
available by calling the office. Please call 641-623-5445 for further information or questions.
County Supervisors: Will be holding their normal Monday and Thursday board meetings as usual.
Please call 641-623-5723 with questions.
County Conservation: Offices and park facilities will be closed to public, but parks and wildlife areas will
remain open for visitors. Staff is working daily until further notice. Please call 641-623-3191 with
Clerk of Court (State Office): Open for court related services. There is a drop box at the south entrance
of courthouse for any court related documents/payments. Please call 641-623-5644 for more
information or questions.
Secondary Roads: Office closed to public but still working daily until further notice. Please call 641-623-
5435 with questions.
Sanitarian/Zoning: Office closed to public but still working daily until further notice. Please call 641-
General Assistance/CICS: Office closed to public but call office to schedule appointment 641-236-9199.
Veteran’s Services: Office closed to public but call office to schedule appointment 641-236-5722.
Emergency Management: Call with any questions 641-623-4357.
UPDATE MARCH 21
First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Poweshiek County
A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Poweshiek County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is in isolation.
“While this is Poweshiek County’s first case, it may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” says Poweshiek County Public Health Director, Shauna Callaway. These actions include:
Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.
Staying home when ill.
Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19, will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their health care provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house. Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:
You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
If you think you may need health care, call first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.
UPDATE MARCH 20
Free Meal Service
Davis Elementary 818 Hamilton Ave.
The Grinnell-Newburg CSD Food Service Department will provide an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up emergency meals for children the ages of 1 to 18 at Davis Elementary. The meal distribution site will be set up outside in the front loop. To maintain social distancing, please stay in your vehicle and meals will be passed through the passenger’s window.
Please enter the Davis Driveway by driving North on Main Street then turn right/east on Hamilton Avenue. If there is a waiting line please line up along Main Street so that the line does not back up to Highway 146.
Sack meals will be served Wednesday, March 25th – Wednesday, April 8th on Mondays and
Wednesdays. All meals will be served between 11am and 1pm. On Mondays children will receive TWO breakfast meals and TWO lunch meals. On Wednesdays, children will receive THREE breakfast meals and THREE lunch meals. We hope to provide enough meals for everyone, but this is on a first come first served basis. No ID or application is required. Meals are intended to be consumed immediately at home or go directly into your refrigerator.
This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals, and meals will not be consumed on site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continue to wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue and stay home if you are sick.
Congregational United Church of Christ in Newton – Online until further notice
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Newton – Worship & activities cancelled until further notice
Metz Community Church – Closed until further notice
UPDATES MARCH 19
Grinnell Water & Wastewater Department
Posted on: March 18, 2020
What Not to Flush
To assist in prevention of the spread of illness, more and more people are using cleaning wipes to sanitize in their homes and businesses. Wastewater department personnel remind citizens that just because a paper product says it is flushable doesn’t mean it is true. Many items marked as flushable do not degrade like toilet paper and can clog pipes, tangle in lift stations, and cause sewer back-ups. Our sewers are designed to dispose of very specific things. Using your toilet for disposal of many modern products will often result in blockages. The drains that connect your home or business to the main sewer are only big enough to carry water, toilet paper, and human waste.
Iowa Valley Grinnell Gunsmith Technology Repair Show will be temporarily closed
Grinnell Firefighters Ball scheduled for this Saturday the 21 has been postponed.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Malcom will not have any Wednesday Night or Sunday Morning services until Palm Sunday.
BGM Pre-School and Kindergarten Pre-Registration scheduled for the week of March 23 has been postponed
Information for Grinnell – Newburg Families:
This update will provide you information on how to access an iPad for K-4 students through a drive up service at your elementary school, and what to do in the event that you left your device at the Middle School or High School. Please see below for times:
Bailey Park Elementary Monday, March 23 11:00 – 1:00 & 4:00 – 6:00
Davis Elementary Tuesday, March 24 11:00 – 1:00 & 4:00 – 6:00
Fairview Elementary Wednesday, March 25 11:00 – 1:00 & 4:00 – 6:00
Please pick up your iPad at your school only. If you can not make these times, please email your building principal.
Middle School students please call the office Monday the 23rd at 641-236-2750 between 6:30 am and 10:00 to set up a time to pick up ipads that day between 10:00 and 2:00. High School students who left their devices at school should email Mr. Seney at firstname.lastname@example.org to pick up their device via drive up. No students will be allowed in the schools at this time.
Food Service: We need information from our parents on the number of meal requests per family so we have an idea on the number of meals to be packed for pick up. It is our hope that this will begin mid-week, next week for food drive up service. In order to ensure we have enough to supply our families, please complete this three question survey.
If you do not have access to internet please contact your school office next week, so that our staff can assist you on alternative lessons and activities. These will be available as soon as possible.
BROOKLYN AREA RESIDENTS Reminder – Grab and Go lunches are available starting today! These are free and available for any families that need them. Here is a reminder of locations and times:
Church corner in Guernsey from 11:00-11:20
East side of Park in Malcom from 11:00-11:20
Holiday Lake North stop from 11:00-11:20
South Stop from 11:30-11:50
Manatt Softball Field Park from 11:00-11:20
Apartments by Boundary and East Des Moines St. from 11:40-12:00
Landes Park from 11:40-12:00
BGM Elementary School circle drive outside the shop door from 11:00-12:00
UPDATES March 18
Family Dentistry will be open from 8-4 for Emergency Appointments only effective Monday March 23rd due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus. Please call ahead if you need an emergency appointment. Effective March 25th, the satellite offices will be closing until further notice
The City of Grinnell city departments are running as normal and staff can be reached through normal channels via phone, email and the website. Most city buildings are still accessible to the public with limited access within the buildings, with the exception of the Public Services building which is closed to the public.
Advantage Credit Union in Newton–lobby is closed for teller transactions and member-facing activities including loans and account openings. The drive-up is open and staffed to full capacity.
First United Methodist Church of Newton has cancelled all church activities until further notice. Wednesday Night Meals will continue as a takeout sack supper; being served outside the south elevator lobby of the church.
Iowa Valley Community College “Depression That Won’t Go Away” Class has been postponed until late spring or early summer.
The Tuesday night Grinnell Community Meal has been cancelled until further notice
Poweshiek County Extension Master Gardener Webinar for March 26 has been postponed
Poweshiek County Extension/Seeland Park “Powerful Tools for Caretakers” classes has been postponed.
Iowa 4H and FFA Rabbit/Cavy Workshops March 22, and April 26 have been cancelled
Drake Community Library will be open SUMMER HOURS until further notice and limiting physical access from the publicv to the Library’s lobby area. Find more information at www.grinnell.lib.ia.us or call 641-236-2661.
The Claude W. & Dolly Ahrens Foundation and Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation offices are closed to the public. All scheduled meetings at the offices have been cancelled.
The Grinnell Recreation Department programming is postponed until April 13, the GARC is closed until further notice. Information at 641-236-2620
Tama County Woman, Land & Legacy March 25th event has been cancelled
The Mahaska County Conservation Board has closed the Enviromental Learning Center at Caldwell Park thru March 31st. Programs scheduled during this time have been cancelled or postponed..
The Second Mile in Grinnell is closed thru March 31st.
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grinnell…all meetings and worship services are cancelled until further notice.
_Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a Public Health Disaster Emergency effective until March 31st that includes
A. Restaurants and Bars: All Restaurants and Bars are hereby closed to the general public except that to the extent permitted by applicable law, and in accordance with any recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health, food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the food or beverage is delivered to customers off the premises.
B. Fitness Center: All fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers are hereby closed.
C. Theaters: All theaters or other performance venues at which live performances or or motion pictures are shown are hereby closed.
D. Casinos and Gaming Facilities: All casinos and other facilities conducting pari-mutuel wagering or gaming operations are hereby closed.
E. Mass Gathering: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster.
F. Senior Citizen Centers and Adult Daycare Facilities: All facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers are hereby closed.__________________________________________________________________________________________________
Closures or changes due to the Coronavirus in Jasper County, Iowa. As of 3.17.2020 at 0800
Health care related changes
Mercy One Newton- OB classes
Capstone- 3/17-end of week and reevaluation. We will not be seeing any patients for the rest of the week in the office. The doors will be locked at the Newton and Grinnell Office. We will be able to see patients utilizing tele-health. If there are patients that need injections, they will be allowed to come in to do these. The nurses will call patients and organize this. The front desk staff will be here to answer phones and offer triage to patients. Clubhouse and Connections will be closed for the rest of the week. SCL clients will have limited activities.
Crisis Line available 844-258-8858
All Jasper County Nursing Facilities – limit visitors
Mercy One Newton- limit visitors
Goodwill Career Center starting 3/17/2020
Salvation Army Loan Closet- Starting 3/16/2020-
DHS- call ahead, implementing telework(press release 3/16/2020)
Pregnancy Center of Central Iowa- Until 3/30
Newton Moose Lodge – Bingo cancelled till further notice
Izaak Walton League is closed through March 31
Newton Community Theatre – Remaining shows for Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde have been postponed
Jasper County Concert Association – March 20 & April 7 concerts cancelled
The Jasper County Senior Citizens Center at 702 East 3rd street south is closed until further notice.
Jasper County Schools– closure until 4/13/2020
Prairie City Monroe (PCM)
DMACC- moving to online (Term ends May 4, 2020)
Update 3-16-2020 (1:00 PM):
The City of Newton release information on Coronavirus/COVID-19 including information regarding buildings. Click here to view the full release: www.newtongov.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1168
o Newton City Hall (location of the City Administration Office) is open to the public at this time but access is limited to the front lobby. Please call 641-792-2787 as much business can be done over the phone.
o The Newton Police Department is open for business but the public will be restricted to the front lobby. No public tours will be given for the foreseeable future. Non-criminal fingerprinting will not be done. The deadline for pet licenses (cats, dogs and miniature pigs) has been extended to May 1.
o The Newton Fire Department is open for business but the public will be restricted to the front lobby. Public tours to the fire department are suspended until further notice.
o The Newton Public Library is closed- updated 3/16/2020.
o The Public Works Building (location of Public Works Department, Community Development and Community Services) is open for business but residents and visitors will be restricted to the front lobby.
o Those seeking permits are asked to complete permit forms online.
o All Newton park shelter rentals are canceled until April 15.
o No photos/passes for Maytag Pool will be issued at this time; passes are still available for purchase online and will be issued at a later date.
o Westwood Golf Course is open as normal at this time.
o The Newton Sanitary Landfill is open for business and operations are planned to continue as normal.
March 16, 2020 Jasper County, Iowa COVID-19 Press Release
In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Jasper County is taking steps to protect employees and the public. If you are planning to visit one of the County buildings please call ahead to see if you can conduct your business electronically or over the phone. Visit www.co.jasper.ia.us for the most up-to-date information and monitor our local media to stay abreast of the rapidly evolving situation. The current instructions pertaining to county services are listed below.
County Attorney – The County Attorney’s Office will be closed to the public until March 30, 2020. Please call 641-792-5010 with any questions. If you are in need of setting up a payment plan for your fines in Jasper County or for your license, please call 641-841-1141. The Payment Plan Packet can also be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 641-792-8327, or mailed to 114 West 3rd St N Newton, Iowa 50208 All payments can be made online at www.iowacourts.gov or with the Jasper County Clerk at the Courthouse room 204.
County Treasurer– We will be closed to the public but working daily until further notice. There is a drop box on the west side of the building, a drop boxes by each of our office doors and payments can still be mailed in as well. Online payments can be made at www.iowaatreasurers.org
Drivers Licenses can be renewed at Ankeny or Marshalltown at this time. Please call 792-7731 with any additional questions.
Recorder’s Office – The Jasper County Recorder’s Office will be closed to the public for an undetermined amount of time due to coronavirus concerns. All office functions will continue, as many can be done online, via mail or by phone. Please call the office for assistance at 641.792.5442 or email questions to Recorder@jasperia.org
Jasper County Sheriff’s Office–
Effective March 16th, 2020 the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office continues to handle calls for service and assistance to citizens as normal with some modifications. We ask that you not call our dispatch center or 911 if you have questions or concerns about COVID-19. Citizens with questions can call 211 or visit the Jasper County Public Health Facebook page.
Jasper County Jail– All visitations for inmates will be done remotely. We ask that persons not come to the Sheriff’s Office to have a video visitation with an inmate. All volunteer groups, and resources, scheduled at the jail are canceled.
County Assessor – The County Assessor’s Office will be closed to the public until March 30,2020. Please call 641-792-6195 with any questions. We would encourage individuals to file all homestead, military, veteran, and business tax credits electronically or by mail. All the forms may be found on the following website: https://jasper.iowaassessors.com/index.php All formal and informal protests should also be filed electronically or mail. Our address is 101 1st St N, Room 105, Newton, IA 50208. If there are any questions please call 641-792-6195, we will help advise and get any further information to you as best as we can.
Elderly Nutrition – All congregate meal sites including the Prairie City Church will be closed for meals until further notice. For now, meals will be delivered to those who have previously signed up for delivery services.
Auditor’s Office will, at this time, continue to conduct business as usual. We will notify the public if this changes. 641-792-7016
Supervisors will be holding their Tuesday weekly meetings as usual and are available for contact Brandon Talsma – 641-521-6534, Denny Carpenter – 641-521-9604, Doug Cupples – 641-521-8725
Jasper County Health Department and Jasper County Community Development (previously Planning & Zoning) will be closed to the public effective March 17th, until further notice.
Please call 641-792-3084 for Community Development needs as business will continue by phone and electronically.
Please call 641-787-9224 for Jasper County Health Department needs as business will continue by phone and electronically. Jasper County Public Health Staff will continue to work throughout the COVID-19 situation and serve as a lead agency for Jasper County.