COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties is committed to sharing relevant information with our community. United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties participates in the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as the local United Way Volunteer Center & supporting state wide 211 provider211 is the go-to information resource in times of crisis. There is no other network in the country with a similar pulse on America’s needs.  211 is working closely with health officials all over the country to provide accurate updates to the public.

NOTE: You can dial 211 to speak to someone about local assistance at any time. The 1-866-211-9966 number you may have seen on social media is only available for residents of Indianapolis. Please be aware that financial assistance related to COVID-19 is not available for individuals everywhere.

If you are well and have general questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) call: 

  • 211  
  • Toll-Free: (866) 469-2211
  • Alternative: (319) 739-4211
  • UIHC has established a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Helpline. For questions & helpful information, please call 319-384-8819.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, UIHC asks that you please call 319-384-9010.

What Can You Do? To support this rapidly escalating need, United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties has opened our Community Disaster Relief Fund. Our fund supports our communities struggling in the wake of the new virus, by supporting local needs. Please consider a donation to the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties Community Disaster Relief Fund.

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Interested in receiving United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties Weekday COVID-19 Updates? Email: Trisha.Smith@UnitedWayJWC.org

4.3.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: SEND A THANK YOU TO NONPROFIT ESSENTIAL STAFF

Yesterday, Governor Reynolds ordered restaurants, bars, casinos and many other businesses to stay closed until at least April 30,2020. Governor Reynolds explained her order is similar to a shelter-at-home directive in an attempt to keep Iowans from gathering in groups of more than 10 and maintaining social-distancing guidelines.

Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) Volunteer Opportunities All volunteer opportunities can be seen at: COVID19volunteers.org

Our community has united and stepped up to serve the essential role of providing food to vulnerable families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few opportunities for Emergency Volunteers:

North Liberty Community Pantry -North Liberty

Table to Table Food Rescue Volunteer-Iowa City

CommUnity Food Bank Volunteer-Iowa City

HACAP Food Reservoir Packaging Volunteers-Hiawatha Coralville

Coralville Community Food Pantry-If you are interested in learning about the limited, available volunteer opportunities, please email paola@coralvillefoodpantry.org.

Donations

Making A Difference During COVID-19-You can still make donations to local, nonprofit organizations during COVID-19. To assure they are accepting items, or to find out the greatest need, please call the nonprofit or visit the organizations website prior to making your contribution. Many local organizations have suspended community donations to reduce close contact and the need for volunteers to sort items. Looking for a way to help our local neighbors? Try one of these:

  • Purchase from online retailers and ship directly to the organization. 

  • Send your local nonprofit, essential staff a thank you note in appreciation of their ongoing commitment to our community.

  • Contribute to United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties Community Disaster Relief Fund.

Education Health & Financial Stability

Caring for Each Other-Your friends on Sesame Street are here to support you during the COVID-19 health crisis. Their resources aren’t prescriptions you have to follow—just ideas to help your family find ways to breathe, laugh, and play together. Learn more HERE .

Frontline Coloring Sheets-Coloring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain. By decreasing the thoughts of a restless mind, coloring can induce a similar state as meditating. This generates mindfulness, which allows your mind to get some rest. Color and show your support for our area healthcare workers by bringing to life these hero signs, found at ICAreaTogether, and writing a personal message of support. Click HERE to print your signs and place them in your window or share them on social media.

Keeping Families On The Road-Last week one of our local Advance Auto stores helped a nurse purchase and install a battery at cost, discounted almost $120 dollars! This is only one of many stories of how Advance Auto is working with local families to assist in keeping them on the road, getting to the grocery store, and working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Advance Auto is offering essential employees in healthcare, government, other services assistance by not only helping customers not only in the store, but also by donating parts to auto shops, donating gloves, masks and hand sanitizer and just yesterday got the greenlight to provide UIHC with 1,000 pairs of automotive grade gloves of for cleaning and non-doctoral/nurse use. To order parts to be shipped to your home or for curbside pickup, click HERE.

Shop Local-One of the best ways to help support the local economy at this time is to Shop Local! Now is the time to order food for pick up or delivery, get groceries, purchase a gift certificate to use later, or make online purchases at our local retailers.

  • The City of Washington & Chamber of Commerce are committed to incentivizing support of our business community. We invite residents to shop local and earn $10 in Washington Chamber Bucks when you spend $50 (excluding gas, utilities, tobacco products, medications or copays, gambling, and alcohol) at a business in the Washington area. As of April 1, if you spend $50 or more at any of our local businesses, take a photo of your receipt totaling $50 or more, complete the online form HERE, we will mail you $10 in Chamber Bucks for supporting local shopping!

  • Iowa City Downtown District Retailers are still operating amidst the closure. As of March 26th, all non-essential retail locations have been asked to close their doors to the general public. Please know, shops are still able to process online orders, do deliveries, and schedule no-contact pick-up orders.  ICDD is hoping to spark some cash flow spending for businesses, is offering a gift card incentive. If customers spend $100 online at a downtown business or by phone, ICDD will send them a $25 Downtown District gift card to say Thank You for supporting local. For $500 spent, customers will receive a $150 ICDD gift card. Customers are encouraged to go online and purchase gift cards FROM downtown businesses or order from them by phone. Learn more HERE. See the list of downtown businesses HERE. Submit proof of receipts HERE.

Business Planning in a Time of Uncertainty Webinar-Friday, April 3rd at 2 pm join a live webinar and which will conduct an open discussion with community experts. Five small business owners will share how they are developing 30 and 100-day business plans during times of closure. Webinar attendees are encouraged to share and ask questions on business strategy. Learn More HERE

 

4.2.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: A $300 "NONITEMIZER"

Johnson County 76 Washington County 34

No this is not a basketball score. COIVD-19 is not a game and it is important to have accurate information. At the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website, they are protecting and improving the health of Iowans by keeping you up to date on COVID-19 Cases By County throughout Iowa.

Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) Volunteer Opportunities All volunteer opportunities can be seen at: COVID19volunteers.org

Registering as a volunteer with United Way’ EVC will assist local municipalities. After a presidential disaster declaration is issued and damages are documented, FEMA can provide up to a 75 percent cost reimbursement for eligible projects. State and local entities then must come up with a 25 percent shared cost match. Registered volunteer hours through the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties’ Emergency Volunteer Center can count those substantial volunteer hours toward reimbursement. Register HERE.

Donations

Shelter House Needs

Shelter House is looking for donations for their emergency shelter services. If you have donations you would like to give, contact Jake Masters @ jake.masters@shelterhouseiowa.org to coordinate pickup times for Tuesdays and Thursdays in the coming weeks. Thank you so much for the continued support!

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Antibacterial Soap

  • Disinfectant

  • Clear Laundry Soap

  • Toilet Paper/Paper Towels

  • Bottle Water/Juice

  • Individual snacks

  • Adult Back Packs

  • Adult Underwear

A $300 "nonitemizer"

The CARES Act creates a $300 "nonitemizer" deduction for 2020. The deduction:

  • Is in full effect as of Friday, March 27, 2020, and will apply to donations made for all of 2020

  • Only for people who do not itemize their taxes

  • Donors who itemize their taxes are eligible for the existing charitable deduction

  • Only for cash donations (not in kind and not for stocks)

  • Can be used by the charity for any purpose (not limited to COVID-19 relief efforts)

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counites and our partners are committed to ensuring that our region’s most vulnerable families have the support they need to weather the short- and long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.  100% of your donation to United Way’s Community Disaster Relief Fund will go to directly to someone directly impacted by COVID-19. Every donation makes a difference. To learn more, click HERE.

Education Health & Financial Stability

Talking with children in times of stress can be difficult. Parents are encouraged to allow your children to lead a conversation with their own questions, fears, concerns, and hopes. Use these helpful hints to help facilitate a discussion:

  • Take their lead.

  • Ask questions building on what they have shared.

  • Answer their questions with brief and honest responses.

  • Encourage them to continue to ask questions.

  • Be ready to repeat information as the child may repeat the same or similar questions and need to hear the answers more than once.

Find activity sheets to assist your children, created by Child Life Disaster Relief, HERE.

Child Life Disaster Relief empowers and support children and families in crises. They have recently shared some helpful information for parents and children coping with COVID-19. Learn more from these helpful one pagers: Practical Coping Techniques & Ways To Help Children Cope.

If you've been financially impacted by COVID-19, you're not alone. Thankfully, numerous financial institutions and banks are offering assistance to customers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Many are providing deferral programs, waiving late fees, suspending foreclosures, and/or promising not to report missed payments to credit bureau agencies. Call your financial institution/bank today to find out how they are able to help. 

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties is here for neighbors before, during and after a disaster. If you are experiencing an urgent need, please click HERE

Income from the upcoming stimulus check is NOT taxable income on your federal taxes. Here are two articles that explain some FAQs on the stimulus checks: New York Times and CNBC.

 

4.1.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: TOP 6 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE STIMULUS

Johnson County

The Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) is working hard to keep you up to date on the latest coronavirus news. To get the latest information click HERE

Washington County

KCII radio is keeping our community informed about closing or delays of events & activities in Washington County. To find the complete listing click HERE

Emergency Volunteer Center: Volunteer Opportunities All volunteer opportunities can be seen at: COVID19volunteers.org

Child Care Assist Needed-Due to COVID-19 a University of Iowa team, UI Child Assist, is working to match UI employees in need of no cost emergency childcare with volunteer childcare providers. Childcare could be provided at the volunteer's home or the family's home depending upon the need and agreement between the volunteer and the family.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and will be asked to provide two references which may be personal or professional. Learn more HERE

Donations

If you are still looking to donate laundry detergent to support Laundromania’ s Free Laundry Day, donations can be left inside/outside of the door of the United Way office: 1150-5th Street Suite 290 Coralville, IA from 9:00am-12:00pm today, Wednesday, 4/1/2020. For questions, call: (319) 338.7823. Please remember to use social distancing guidelines when dropping off your donation. Thank you! 

Education Health & Financial Stability

Join the State of the Community Webinar today Wednesday, April 1st at 2 pm for a live webinar with our local human services leaders to learn more about the challenges our non-profit agencies and most vulnerable populations are navigating during the COVID-19 pandemic and where the greatest needs are. Attendees of the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions and the webinar will be recorded. Register HERE.

Moderated by: Kim Casko, President & CEO of the Iowa City Area Business Partnership
Panelists include:

Personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies continue to be a challenge for Iowa and elsewhere. Yesterday, Governor Reynolds made a plea for people to make fabric masks, however she stressed to call before donating to any hospitals, long-term care facilities or other businesses/organizations. To find the IDPH Mask Guidance click HERE.

Top 6 Things To Know About The Stimulus

  1. It provides cash support to 125 million people. Congress will send payments of $1,200 to individuals earning up to $75,000 or married couples earning under $150,000. Benefits start to phase out above $75,000 for single filers and $150,000 for married filers. Check out this stimulus check calculator to find out how much you’ll receive.

  2. It increases funding for food and shelter programs. It provides an additional $200 million in funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to respond to urgent community needs for food, shelter and utilities services and ensures that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can accommodate new individuals and families in need of temporary food support.

  3. It helps children receive meals outside of the classroom. It provides additional funding for child nutrition programs so that children can access meals when school is not in session.

  4. It gives relief to small businesses. It includes $350 billion in loans for companies with 500 employees or fewer, including nonprofits, hotel and restaurant chains, and childcare providers. It also provides $10 billion in grants up to $10,000 for small businesses to cover operating costs.

  5. It extends emergency unemployment insurance. It includes an extra 13 weeks of coverage and covers part-time, self-employed and gig economy workers. It also provides an increase in the weekly benefit of up to $600.

  6. It encourages charitable giving to local solutions. The bill includes a temporary “above the line” or universal charitable deduction to enable all Americans to give up to $300 to charities, tax-free, through the end of 2020. United Way will continue to push for additional relief to charities on the frontlines in the weeks to come.

3.31.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE:  FOOD RESOURCE MAP

Washington County

Two people have died from COVID-19 in Washington County. According to Washington County Public Health, the first two deaths associated with novel coronavirus were reported in Washington County. Learn more from KCII.

Think Iowa City, Iowa City Area Development Group, Iowa City Area Business Partnership & the Iowa City Downtown District, have collaborated to create a new website which will provide continuing updates and resources around the COVID-19 Pandemic. Visit ICAreaTogether to learn more.

Emergency Volunteer Center: Volunteer Opportunities All volunteer opportunities can be seen at: COVID19volunteers.org

URGENT-We Need Volunteers!!

Laundromania has generously offered to provide free laundry services to those in need from 8:00am-5:00pm on Wednesday, April 1st at each of their five local locations. Volunteers are needed to manage the free laundry process with patrons and sanitize at each location during the free laundry offering. Not safe for you to volunteer? – You can help by sharing this opportunity with your co-workers & friends. Learn more HERE.

Donations

To support Laundromania’ s Free Laundry Day, United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties is collecting donations of laundry detergent to support our neighbors in need. Donations can be left inside the door of the United Way office: 1150-5th Street Suite 290 Coralville, IA from 9:00am-5:00pm today, Tuesday-3/31 and Wednesday, 4/1/2020. For questions, call: (319) 338.7823. Please remember to use social distancing guidelines when dropping off your donation. Thank you! 

Victim/survivors at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s (DVIP) emergency shelter are on the move to temporary and permanent housing in order to maintain safety and practice social distancing. If you have any of the following please reach out to DVIP through Ashlee at 319.359.9353 or email dvip@dvipiowa.org .

  • Beds and sheet sets (all sizes)

  • Dining Sets (table and chairs)

  • Living Room Furniture (all varieties)

DVIP's 24/7 hotline and emergency shelter are available to anyone in need now and always. 800.373.1043

Education Health & Financial Stability

Shed Aquarium invites you to continue to experience, explore and learn about the aquatic animal world online through several digital resources. Keep up-to-date on the daily lives of the aquarium’s animals on Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter; create learning experiences for early learners through Sea Curious on YouTube series; check out live views from the Underwater Beauty special exhibit, and dive deep with 360-video views to Keep Sharks Swimming and more!

Take a virtual tour of these amazing museums which are closed because of COVID-19. Google Arts and Culture has partnered with more than 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their collections and spaces. Choose a museum and hear stories, view collections, and take virtual tours.

A little closer to home, the Iowa City Children’s museum is providing creative at home activities. Follow them on Facebook and join in the fun!

Food Resource Map-Now available on the United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties’ COVID-19 Food Resources webpage is a map of the locations in and around Iowa City where individuals can get either pre-made meals or find items for their pantry. This map includes each location’s operating hours (updated for the COVID-19 pandemic), eligibility needed to receive aid, and other relevant information. To find all resources, click on the map and zoom in. A special thank you to UI student, and longtime resident of the Iowa City area, Russell Martin for his work to research and share this information with our community. View the Food Resource Map HERE.

Unforeseen disruptions from the coronavirus (COVID-19) to natural disasters can create many uncertainties. CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) is providing resources on related to the COVID-19 tax/legislation changes. CLA is sharing webinars that focus on various relevant topics every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. These are free and open to anyone. The topic today, Tuesday 3.31.2020, from 2:00-3:00 pm is Interpreting the CARES Act and tomorrow’s topic is Workforce Implications as a Result of Recent Legislation. Learn more at CLA or to view upcoming webinars click HERE.

To increase awareness of public transit in Johnson County during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johnson County mobility webpage helps riders navigate service changes and identify a plan to access critical services. The most recent, significant update: Iowa City Transit implementing reductions to its weekday services effective today, Tuesday 3.30.2020. To see full details and route information, please click HERE.

 

3.30.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE:  WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

The Coralville Marriott is sending a message to our community. Utilizing their creativity and staff ingenuity, they are lighting up the front of the Coralville Marriott with the word HOPE. It will be lit up again tonight-3.30.2020. Drive by & take a look, but please stay in your vehicle to practice safe social distancing.

Emergency Volunteer Center: Volunteer Opportunities All volunteer opportunities can be seen at: COVID19volunteers.org

URGETNT-We Need Volunteers!!

Laundromania has generously offered to provide free laundry services to those in need from 8:00am-5:00pm on Wednesday, April 1st at each of their five local locations. Volunteers are needed to manage the free laundry process with patrons and sanitize at each location during the free laundry offering. Not safe for you to volunteer? – You can help by sharing this opportunity with your co-workers & friends. Learn more HERE.

Donations

To support Laundromania’ s Free Laundry Day, United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties is collecting donations of laundry detergent to support our neighbors in need. Donations can be left inside the door of the United Way office: 1150-5th Street Suite 290 Coralville, IA from 9:00am-5:00pm today Monday-3/30, Tuesday-3/31 and Wednesday-4/1. For questions, call: (319) 338.7823. Please remember to use social distancing guidelines when dropping off your donation. Thank you! 

Education Health & Financial Stability

The Iowa City Community School District shared on Friday they provided over 10,000 meals to children last week and beginning this week are no longer requiring children to be present to receive meals. The Mid-Prairie School District started providing breakfast and lunch last week to district students through six pick-up spots located throughout the district. Almost 300 students are receiving meals through this program daily. Learn more about what your school district is doing to feed students during closures:

While The Iowa City Senior Center is closed, staff and volunteers are working to check in with every Center member by phone and/or email. They remain committed to reducing social isolation for all older adults in our community. If you are a senior, or know a senior, and would like to answer a brief, online survey please click HERE 

Latest numbers from Iowa Dept. of Public Health Updated at Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 6:26 p.m.

  • COVID-19 Reported Cases in Iowa: 336
  • COVID-19 Deaths in Iowa: 4
  • Click HERE for a county-by-county breakdown of cases

United, Iowa City Area Development, THINK IC, Iowa City Area Business Partnership & the Iowa City Downton District are providing business resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information can be found at:

Don’t forget to check out the State of the Community this week Wednesday, April 1st !

 

3.27.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE:  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

In the last 30 days the Iowa 211 call center has received over 400 incoming calls from Johnson County and 46 calls from Washington County in the last 30 days related to COVID-19.  United Way’s 211 is under contract to serve as the statewide hotline for General Information regarding COVID-19 with coverage for all 99 counties. All information provided by the 211 hotline is provided by Iowa Department of Public Health.

You can access 211: Dial 2-1-1 | Toll-Free: (866) 469-2211 | Alternative: (319) 739-4211

Emergency Volunteer Center: Volunteer Opportunities All volunteer opportunities can be seen at: COVID19volunteers.org

We Need Volunteers!! Laundromania has generously offered to provide free laundry services to those in need from 8:00am-5:00pm on Wednesday, April 1st at each of their five local locations. Volunteers are needed to manage the free laundry process with patrons and sanitize at each location during the free laundry offering.  Learn more HERE.

Donations

To support Laundromania’ s Free Laundry Day, United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties is collecting donations of laundry detergent to support our neighbors in need. Donations can be left inside the door of the United Way office: 1150-5th Street Suite 290 Coralville, IA from 9:00am-5:00pm beginning this Friday-3/27 and continuing Monday-3/30, Tuesday-3/31 and Wednesday-4/1. For questions, call: (319) 338.7823. Please remember to use social distancing guidelines when dropping off your donation. Thank you! 

Education Health & Financial Stability

We all are looking for ways to make it through these days of isolation and uncertainty, and turning to books for solace and diversion is one method. Starting April 1 and for the three-plus months that follow, The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature will gather virtually to read The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio. Join them for “100 Days of Decameron”  .

Food delivery is now available to anyone living in Johnson County who needs food but cannot access other resources due to COVID-19. People can call (319) 519-6165 between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday to request food delivery. Agencies can also contact this line to set up a time to pick-up food for their clients. Recipients will receive pre-packed bags of food based on what is available. This service is a partnership between CommUnity Crisis Services and Food BankCoralville Community Food PantryIC Compassion, and North Liberty Community Pantry. Johnson County SEATS is providing delivery service to rural addresses.

Do you have open units and are concerned about the financial impact COVID-19 will have on your business? Now is the time to partner with Shelter House’s Rapid Re-Housing team who provides financial assistance (deposit and rent) to individuals and families immediately. Contact Rachel.lehmann@shelterhouseiowa.org or 319-338-5416 ext. 211 to find out how to access these funds as well as support social distancing by moving people out of shelter and into permanent housing.

Monday, March 23, Governor Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance including grants to eligible small businesses ranging from $5,000-$25,000 and tax deferrals to any Iowa businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be available HERE   Application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, at 12 p.m.

SBA Business Assistance: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa. The declaration allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for low-interest support loans.

Applications can be made and monitored via the SBA’s website.  For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Additional Resources:

Comprehensive list of Iowa Resources

Assistance for Employees Impacted by Covid-19

Explore grant resources for small businesses and non-profits:

Transit Updates

Iowa City Transit -- Running at Spring Break service levels indefinitely

The Downtown Free Shuttle, the AM & PM Eastside Loop will not operate for the time being

All other service will be provided per normal schedules and times, and service will continue to be free of charge www.icgov.org/transit  319-356-5151

Coralville Transit -- Effective 3/30:

  • The 10th Street route will depart from the downtown Iowa City interchange on the hour beginning at 7:00 am with the last bus departing at 5:00 pm. 

  • The Lantern Park route will depart from the downtown Iowa City interchange on the half hour beginning at 6:30 am with the last bus departing at 5:30 pm.

  • The last Night bus will depart from the downtown Iowa City interchange at 9:10 pm with service ending at 10:00 pm. 

  • The North Liberty route will not be operating until further notice.

  • The AM Express, Express, and 1st Avenue schedules will not change.

Beginning Saturday, April 4, the last Saturday bus will depart from the downtown Iowa City interchange at 5:15 pm with service ending at 6:00 pm www.coralville.org/transit 319-248-1790

CAMBUS--

Suspending weekends service, increased service to parking lots 65 and 75, adjustments made to Hawkeye Parking Lot service (see specifics in link below)

transportation.uiowa.edu/cambus  319-335-8633

Johnson County SEATS--

Will continue to do life sustaining trips for North Liberty paratransit riders, other paratransit riders and rural riders.

www.johnson-county.com/seats 319-339-6128

380 Express Bus--

www.380express.com 319-362-0375

North Liberty Transportation Assistance Program-- Still operating at full capacity

North Liberty residents can apply here: NLTAP webpage

55 Plus RSVP – Volunteer Medical Transportation Program

Temporarily suspended

American Cancer Society – Road to Recovery Volunteer Transportation Program

Temporarily suspended

3.26.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE:  National Unemployement & Local Employment Opps.

A record 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits as the coronavirus disrupts the economy. US Department of Labor statistics can be found HERE and Iowa unemployment statistics can be found HERE.

Emergency Volunteer Center: Volunteer Opportunities All volunteer opportunities can be seen at: COVID19volunteers.org

Donations

The Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center is currently closed but they have started a pet food pantry. If you are looking for pet food or to make a donation to the pantry, please call 319.356.5295.

COVID-19 has affected all of us, and that's certainly true of our friends in the hospitality industry. The abrupt university closures coupled with the necessary government shut-down of our favorite service-based businesses has put many of our friends and family out of work for the foreseeable future. "Flatten the Curve" shirts are now available with the proceeds being split among the various participating local businesses being affected by the shutdown. You can access an order form HERE.

Education Health & Financial Stability

Our community school districts are providing many resources to students throughout the duration of the school closure period. Find your child’s school district information:

Our non-profit food community is committed to continuing to provide food for those in need through the COIVD-19 pandemic. For a listing of food banks, pantries and meals that are being served in our community please click HERE

Remedy Staffing is currently supporting all of their essential service clients and we will remain open as long as the essential clients need help with staffing. ( i.e. UIHC, P&G, GMI, NFI, etc.) They are currently hiring for manufacturing, logistics, office/admin, accounting, and more.  If you have hiring needs please email Terri Hunter . If you are looking for work, Remedy Staffing is hiring. Applications are being taken online at RemedyStaff.com

The dedicated staff at Shelter House continue to provide emergency services and shelter to hundreds of men, women, and children each day. COVID-19 has put an additional strain on staffing needs and they are looking for committed individuals to join their team. For a list of job opportunities, visit HERE.

The National Consumer Law Center is keeping an eye on actions taken by states and the federal government to protect consumer activities (mortgage, bankruptcy, fees and fines, price gouging).  They are posting items that have passed final decision. To review this information visit HERE .

 

3.25.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Our Schools Feeding Our Children

The IRS has issued a Guidance on the 90-Day Extension for Federal Tax Payments, Filing. Any individual, corporation, trust, estate, or partnership with a federal income tax payment or a federal income tax return due April 15, 2020, will be granted an extension. FAQs

The Iowa Department of Revenue extended the filing and payment deadline for several state tax types, including income tax. The extended filing and payment deadlines for income, franchise, and moneys and credits taxes with a due date on or after March 19, 2020, and before July 31, 2020, to a new deadline of July 31, 2020.

Emergency Volunteer Center: Volunteer Opportunities All volunteer opportunities can be seen at: COVID19volunteers.org

Table to Table Food Rescue Volunteer: Table to Table is looking for food rescue route volunteers to box and load food from grocery stores and, using Table to Table vehicles, transport to local food pantries and shelters.  Volunteers are also needed to help with food rescue vehicle preparation.

DONATIONS

Following CDC guidelines, each day our local nonprofits who provide daily food to our community are packaging “To Go” meals. Agencies are looking for donations of “clam shell” containers, disposable lidded cups and silverware to support their programs. If you have access to any of these resource please contact Info@UnitedWayJWC.org .

Education Health & Financial Stability

While not often included with first responders, the service child care is providing is critical. Childcare for essential workforce, including healthcare, first responders, critical infrastructure—which includes food service and grocery workers is needed. Child care facilities are open and local providers can be found on the DHS Childcare Availability . Additional information for clients and providers can be found at Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral  with other supportive information found at:

On Monday, March 23, 2020 the Iowa City Community School District activated their drive-through or walk-up meal pick-up. Meals are distributed between 11 am and 1 pm and, per USDA federal guidelines, to children ages 1-18 who must be present in order for meals to be provided. Each child receives a lunch as well as a breakfast for the next day.  The ICCSD served 640 children with a lunch/breakfast meal package on Monday and 940 on Tuesday. To learn more on how you can support our schools visit the Iowa City Community School District Foundation.

State of the Community Webinar:  Join the Iowa City Area Development Group, Iowa City Area Business Partnership, Think Iowa City, and the Iowa City Downtown District on Wednesday, March 25th at 2pm for a live webinar with Iowa City Area community leaders for city and University of Iowa updates and information regarding economic support. Attendees of the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panelists.

Business Resources Webinar: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans:  To help provide important information about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans the Iowa City Area Business Partnership will be hosting a webinar with Iowa District Director of the SBA on Wednesday, March 25th at 3:30 pm. Register now to get answers to your questions and more information about the loan process. 

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Washington, WEDG & City of Washington are providing updates for county businesses as affected by COVID-19. To review these updates visit WashingtonIowa.Gov or to add business updates, please email sarah@washingtoniowa.org  or alisha@washingtoniowa.org.

3.24.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Say Thank You To Our Healthcare Providers

Olympics Suspended-This morning, the International Olympic Committee has announced the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are going to be postponed, likely to 2021. Further details are to be worked out during the next month. Find the complete article HERE.

Emergency Volunteer Center: Volunteer Opportunities All volunteer opportunities can be seen at: COVID19volunteers.org

COVID-19 Emergency CommUnity Food Bank Volunteer-In order to maintain social distancing and keep the Food Bank occupancy at 10 individuals or less all volunteers must sign up.  Drop-in volunteers are not accepted. Please find additional information and the opportunity to sign up HERE.

DONATIONS

Our local hospitals and clinics are collecting in-kind donations of personal protective equipment or PPEs. Please use the below links to connection with your local hospitals and clinics:

Mercy Iowa City

University of iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Washington County Hospitals & Clinics

Education Health & Financial Stability

It is important that students and families are able to gain access to educational, news, and communication resources during this challenging time.  The Iowa City Community School District Technology & Innovation staff are preparing to make Chromebooks available to elementary school students who do not have access to computers within the home. Families of elementary students that do not have access to a laptop computer, desktop computer, or tablet in the home may complete this request form or call (319) 688-1950. Learn more HERE.

These are challenging and unprecedented times for healthcare workers. Small gestures of appreciation can make a big difference for those who are working in healthcare. Please consider posting your appreciation on social media and tagging our community hospitals and clinics.

Due to the Coronavirus, and in attempt to help slow the spread of the virus, the cities of Iowa City & Coralville are waiving bus fares for the duration of COVID-19 emergency. For driver safety, all riders who are able will also be asked to enter from the back door. Please only use transit if absolutely necessary.

Webinar: Family First Response Act & Iowa UnemploymentJoin the Iowa City Area Business Partnership for a live webinar today from 10am-11am with local HR expert, Brenda LaMarche, President of BRL Human Consulting. This free webinar is geared towards business owners and leaders with 500 employees or less. See the Facebook event HERE

 

3.23.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Johnson County Mayors Joint Release

Johnson County Mayors Urge Residents to Stay Home and Limit Non-Essential Activities

After continued consultation with local medical, public health and emergency management officials, Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague, Coralville Mayor John Lundell and North Liberty Mayor Terry Donahue urge residents to take all necessary precautions to stay healthy in effort to assist our local healthcare providers as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find the full release HERE.

Emergency Volunteer Center: Volunteer Opportunities All volunteer opportunities can be seen at: COVID19volunteers.org

Do You Need Volunteers? United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties is designated in the Johnson County Disaster Plan as the coordinator for disaster-related volunteers before, during and after a disaster.  The Emergency Volunteer Center has been activated will connect volunteers with the COVID-19 related Volunteer Needs and Opportunities. Any community volunteers that would like to register and sign-up to volunteer should go to the COVID-19 Volunteer website or call 319-337-VOLS(8657) to learn about current volunteers needs and urgent skill requests. Organizations and individuals that need volunteers should call 319-337-VOLS(8657) or email Patti.Fields@UnitedWayJWC.org with their information.

Donations

Washington County-Groceries for Good Food Drive: Main Street Washington & Washington Chamber of Commerce are asking individuals & businesses to consider donating to HACAP through the “Groceries for Good” campaign.  HACAP will be able to purchase $12 of food for every $1 donated directly from the Reservoir in Hiawatha.  Learn more HERE - 100% of proceeds will go to HACAP for Washington County.

Education Health & Financial Stability

In an effort to keep our communities safe, our local libraries are closed however, libraries continue to provide services. Libraries provide a wide array of digital offerings and be very valuable for in home education as well as providing research resources such as free databases, books for free reading and much more.  Local Library Links:

Coralivlle Public Library | Iowa City Public Library | Kalona Public Library | North Liberty Public Library | Oxford Public Library | Solon Public Library | Swisher Public Library | Tiffin Public Library | Washington Public Library | Welman Public Library 

This is a stressful and uncertain time for many. It is normal to feel stress or anxiety with the constant changes of the coronavirus pandemic, but we are not alone. Please refer to the below listing of emotional support resources:

As our communities respond to the local and national recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, you can still support our local restaurants. A number of restaurants are offering curbside, takeout or delivery services. Click HERE to see a listing from ThinkIC for restaurants & more or, for more information on the Iowa City Downtown District Gift Car Promo visit their Facebook HERE or to claim your gift card online click HERE.

The SBA is now making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. Applications can be made via the SBA’s website. Applicants can monitor the status of their applications online after submission. For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email  disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

 

3.20.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Box Breathing

Emergency Volunteer Center: Volunteer Opportunities: All volunteer opportunities can be seen at: COVID19volunteers.org

Giving blood is critical to ensure there is an adequate supply to meet patient needs. 

Donations

Check in on your neighbors and friends that may need help running errands. Public health officials say vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions, should avoid unnecessary trips outside of their home where they can be exposed to coronavirus.

Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center is asking the community to be "emergency fosters." Pet owners need to make emergency plans for their animals in case someone at homes falls ill. Stock up on two weeks of supplies for your pets and plan on who will care for the pet if the owner is hospitalized. There is no evidence that pets can infect you with or carry the virus. If you are interested in being a pet emergency foster care provider,  please email Lisa-Bragg@iowa-city.org.

Education Health & Financial Stability

The Iowa City Community School District, through the Nutrition Services Department, is establishing drive-through or walk-up meal pick-up locations at a number of our school sites. Meal service will begin Monday, March 23. Students will be provided lunch for the day and breakfast for the following day. Meals will be distributed between 11 am and 1 pm, Monday through Friday. Families are asked to stay in their vehicle and the meals will be brought to them. Meal Pick Up Sites can be found HERE.

Washington Schools will continue offering FREE lunch for kids age 1-18.  In order to help them serve their students and community better, they are asking residents to place a lunch order for Monday, March 23rd and Tuesday, March 24th of next week. Order information and Meal Pick Up Sites can be found HERE

The Iowa City Community School District shared yesterday that the City High Healthy Kids School Based Clinic will remain open. Northwest Junior High and South East Junior High clinics will be closing in alignment with the school closures. The clinic will only take appointments for well children who need vaccines or for routine follow up of chronic problems. Children who are ill with NON-respiratory illnesses can also be scheduled for appointments if needed. All respiratory illness will be diverted to the UIHC screening system.

Box breathing, also known as square breathing, is a technique used when taking slow, deep breaths. It can heighten performance and concentration while also being a powerful stress reliever. It’s also called four-square breathing. This technique can be beneficial to anyone, especially those who want to meditate or reduce stress. Box Breathing can lower blood pressure and provide an almost immediate sense of calm. Here are the simple steps to Box Breathing:

  1. Close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose while counting to four slowly. Feel the air enter your lungs.

  2. Hold your breath inside while counting slowly to four. Try not to clamp your mouth or nose shut. Simply avoid inhaling or exhaling for 4 seconds.

  3. Begin to slowly exhale for 4 seconds.

  4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 at least three times. Ideally, repeat the three steps for 4 minutes, or until calm returns.

Local leaders are recommending those who are returning from Spring Break from any area outside of their regular living area should self-quarantine. The consensus recommendation is that individuals should self-quarantine for two weeks.

Alliant Energy is temporarily suspending disconnections for all of Iowa and Wisconsin customers during the public health emergency related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition, the company plans to waive late fees in Iowa to help customers who are suffering financial hardships.

 

3.19.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Education, Health & Financial Stability

Emergency Volunteer Center: Volunteer Opportunities

HACAP- In response to the recent developments of COVID-19, the HACAP Food Reservoir will be working to have more prepackaged boxes of food readily available for partner agencies to prevent the spread of germs. Because of this, we will be needing more volunteers to pack these boxes. Below is a sign-up form where you can sign-up for a volunteer slot to help us out if you are healthy, willing, and available. VOLUNTEER HERE

Houses into Homes- To help families with critical in home needs, Houses into Homes seeks volunteers who may be able to lift up to 50 pounds, to help deliver critical furniture and household items to families and individuals throughout the local community. VOLUNTEER HERE

Donations

Following CDC guidelines, our local nonprofits who provide daily food to our community are now packaging To Go meals. Agencies are looking for donations of “clam shell” containers, disposable lidded cups and silverware to support their programs. If you have access to any of these resource please contact Info@UnitedWayJWC.org .

Education Health & Financial Stability

Many of our students and school district families will be facing significant challenges in the coming days. If you would like to help as we explore ways to provide educational experiences and resources for our District families visit Iowa City Community School District Foundation

Taking care of your behavioral health in times of crisis is very important. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) lists these Tips for Survivors of Disaster of Other Traumatic Event.

The Iowa Department on Aging has shared this information video What Older Adults Need to Know. If you have concerns about an elderly person, you can call LifeLong Links at 1.866.468.7887 or visit Iowa Department of Aging for further assistance.

MidAmerican Energy said they would stop disconnecting customers for non-payment, as well as waive deposits and late fees. The company will also work with customers to set up payment plans if needed, according to officials. For contact information visit MidAmerican Energy Company.

The COVID-19 epidemic has forced many businesses into operating differently and having employees work remote. We are working with our partners at the NextGen Marketing Group and Remedium Systems in Iowa City who have strong experience operating virtual businesses and advising many clients on how to do this the right way. If you need assistance, please contact them HERE or call 319-621-2424 for a free consultation.

3.18.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: State of Public Health Disaster Emergency & Call for Volunteers

On March 17, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. The State Disaster Emergency Plan takes significant steps to require social distancing and limit community spread of the virus by implementing temporary measures including moving restaurants to drive-through, carry-out, and delivery only and closures of certain entities such as bars and recreational facilities. The proclamation also allows state agencies additional flexibility in responding to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, and supports the critical work of public health. 

Food Distribution-Table to Table is looking for volunteers to box and load food from grocery stores and, using Table to Table vehicles, transport to local food pantries and shelters. Volunteers must be able to lift up to 40 lbs., driving not required. VOLUNTEER HERE

Blood & Platelet Donations-Volunteers are needed any day, Monday through Friday to donate blood or platelets at DeGowin Blood Center. Volunteers need to be at least 16 years of age, weigh 110 pounds, and be free of cold and flu symptoms for the past 5 days. VOLUNTEER HERE 

3.17.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Closure of Restraunts, bars, gyms...

Gov. Reynolds has issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency, ordering all restaurants, bars, gyms, and theaters in Iowa to close from noon today through March 31. Learn More

3.17.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Emergency Volunteer Center

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties’  (UWJWC) United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties is designated in the Johnson County Disaster Plan as the coordinator for disaster-related volunteers before, during and after a disaster.  The Emergency Volunteer Center has been activated as of March 16, 2020 and will connect volunteers with the COVID-19 related Volunteer Needs and Opportunities. The community needs and volunteer opportunities will be listed on the Volunteer Website, www.covid19volunteers.org. Any community volunteers that would like to register and sign-up to volunteer should go to the website or call 319-337-VOLS(8657) to learn about current volunteers needs and urgent skill requests. Organizations and individuals that need volunteers should call 319-337-VOLS(8657) or email Patti.Fields@UnitedWayJWC.org with their information.

The United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties’ Community Disaster Relief Fund is open for contributions to support our local individuals, families and organizations in our communities. Unlike other fundraising efforts done by UWJWC, all the donated funds toward disaster recovery will be distributed back into the community with no percentage allocated toward administration.

3.17.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Community Disaster Relief Fund

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties has a strong history of providing care for our community in disaster. The United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties’ Disaster Relief Fund originated with the tornado in 2006, was the trusted fund for the floods of 2008 as well as throughout many other local disasters. This fund is ready to be utilized during the COVID-19 crisis.  Our community has pulled together in the past and we rely on the in-kind donations of financial institutions to provide the administration of the funding during the time of recovery.  The United Way serves as the coordinator and facilitator for the COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) to ensure continuous communication, planning, preparedness and response across community sectors.

 

3.16.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Cleaning Solutions

Registered Disinfectants for COVID-19: The Medical Examiner shared a study, released on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, that indicated how long COVID-19 can last on surfaces. “They found that viable virus could be detected up to three hours later in the air, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.” Here is the link to the actual Scientist Report. The EPA has released a list of EPA- Registered Disinfectants that can be used against COVID-19. This can be helpful as some supplies are disappearing out of stores. Here is the link to their Announcement and the link in the article for the list of Registered Disinfectants. Quick Access for the proper Bleach:Water Cleaning Mixture:

Iowa City Community School District

Governor Reynolds made the recommendation to close Iowa schools for four weeks in response to the confirmed community spread of Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). The ICCSD will follow Governor Reynolds’ recommendation and schools will be closed until Monday, April 13, 2020.  At this time, the closure affects all school programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, all facility rentals, and all weekend events. However, BASP programming and the school-based health clinics will remain open during the week of March 16-20.

The ICCSD is actively preparing plans for continued learning and school meal services throughout the closure. Details on these plans will be shared within the ICCSD daily updates to families and staff as soon as things are finalized.

3.15.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Protecting Your Mental Health

At United Way of Johnson & Washington Counites we are committed to providing physical & emotional support during the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more about Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak

3.13.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Video Visits

For medical emergencies, dial 911. If you have flu symptoms or health concerns related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Schedule a video visit with a provider via MyChart or call 1-319-384-9010. Unless there is an emergency, UI Health Care requests people to call or have a video visit first. A video visit using your smartphone or computer reduces the risk of transmitting illness from person to person. You will get the same great care without leaving your house. Video visits are fast, easy, and safe.  Symptoms may include: Fever, Cough &/or Shortness of breath

  3.12.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Mass Gatherings

 

IDPH has released Guidance for Mass GatheringsIf you are planning an event please review the guidelines for proper compliance.  

3.11.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Where to call for information

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) established 211 as the hotline for General Information regarding COVID-19. 211 is now under contract to serve as the statewide hotline for General Information regarding COVID-19 with coverage for all 99 counties. All information provided by the 211 hotline is provided by IDPH and is changing almost hourly. You can access: Dial 2-1-1 | Toll-Free: (866) 469-2211 | Alternative: (319) 739-4211

 

Press Releases:

UNITED WAY EMERGENCY VOLUNTEER CENTER

UNITED WAY DISASTER RELIEF FUND

 

Helpful Links:

Iowa Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Johnson County

Washington County

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