Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

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Here you will find information and resources about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This public health situation is ever evolving, so be sure to check back frequently. 

For the most recent updates from the City of Newton, scroll down.

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UPDATES

Update 6-3-2020:

Maytag Pool’s opening has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff is working diligently to open the pool in a safe manner for lifeguards, workers and the public. More information will be available soon.

Visit https://www.newtongov.org/MaytagPool for more information.

Update 6-1-2020:

Moving forward, we will be updating Jasper County numbers every Monday. You can find daily information for all of Iowa and for Jasper County at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/.

In Jasper County, as of June 1, there were 260 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths related to COVID-19.


Update 5-29-2020:

Playground Guidelines starting June 1Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. In many areas, people can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with others. Playgrounds and restrooms in Newton parks will open on June 1. We encourage the following guidelines for use of the playground equipment:

  • Do not use the playground equipment if you or your children are sick.
  • Keep your distance (at least six feet) from others who do not live in your household. Social distancing at the parks and on playground equipment is still a preventive measure that can keep you and your family safe.
  • Face masks are encouraged but not required.
  • Playground equipment is not disinfected. We encourage you to use hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to keep you and your family healthy.
  • Wash your hands after playground use - whether it’s with hand sanitizer or at home using soap & water.

The CDC has more in depth guidance about visiting parks and recreation areas on their website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/visitors.html

Update 5-27-2020:

Mayor Michael L. Hansen continued the Emergency Proclamation for the City of Newton to keep City buildings closed to the general public through June 15, 2020.

The new proclamation does open City Parks to the general public on June 1, 2020. This includes park restrooms, playgrounds, shelter rentals, clubhouses, and sports fields. The Newton Municipal Airport will be open to flight crews, and general aviation, pilots and flight students.

Based on this new proclamation, the following changes have been made to City of Newton park shelters, playground equipment, the Summer Concert Series and recreation leagues:

  • Park shelter rentals will be limited to one reservation per day. Shelters will be cleaned by staff once per day.
  • Playground equipment will be open at City parks, but will not be cleaned or disinfected. Do not use if you or your children are sick, maintain 6 feet of distance with others not from your household, wash hands after playground use and face masks are strongly encouraged.
  • The Summer Concert Series at Maytag Bowl will have a shortened season; with performances on July 16 (Final 4 Band), July 23 (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), and July 30 (The Boys). More details about the performances, including social distancing measures, will be announced at a later date.
  • The Spring Adult Softball League was canceled but the summer season will start on June 23rd. More details about the league, including social distancing measures, will be announced at a later date.

See the full signed proclamation online: City of Newton Emergency Proclamation

Update 5-26-2020 (11 AM):

On Tuesday, IDPH reported 8 deaths and 104 new positive cases.

Jasper County has a total of 257 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-26-2020 (1 PM):

Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency until June 25, 2020.

As previously announced, the proclamation permits bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and social and fraternal clubs may reopen on May 28 with the same public health measures as restaurants in place.

The proclamation also permits the reopening on June 1 of additional establishments, including outdoor performance venues, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement parks, skating rinks, skate parks, outdoor playgrounds.  

The proclamation again permits social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people if public health measures are implemented, including limiting attendance to 50% of the venue capacity and maintaining six feet of distance between those attending. This also allows practices, games, and competitions for youth and adult baseball, softball, and individual sports such as running, biking, swimming, tennis, and golf to resume with appropriate public health measures in place.

And the proclamation extends regulatory relief to those affected by this public health emergency until June 25.

The full proclamation is online in its entirety here: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/proclamations

Update 5-25-2020:

Today, the state of Iowa COVID-19 dashboard at 10 a.m. showed 17,557 total positive cases and 456 deaths.

Jasper County has a total of 256 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-24-2020:

Today, the state of Iowa has been notified of 263 additional positive cases for a total of 17,213 positive cases. There have been additional 2,841 negative tests for a total of 110,358 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. The positivity rate for this report is 8.4%.

An additional 5 COVID related deaths were confirmed. The dates of these confirmed COVID related deaths were from May 19 to May 23. There are 363 Iowans currently hospitalized. 9,216 Iowans have recovered (53.5%).

Jasper County has a total of 256 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-23-2020:

Today, the state of Iowa has been notified of 419 additional positive cases for a total of 16,767 positive cases. There have been additional 4,336 negative tests for a total of 106,223 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. The positivity rate for this report is 8.8%.

An additional 26 COVID related deaths were confirmed. The dates of these confirmed COVID related deaths were from May 9 to May 22. There are 362 Iowans currently hospitalized. 9,187 Iowans have recovered (54.7%).

Jasper County has a total of 256 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-22-2020:

There were 454 new cases of COVID-19 in Iowa yesterday, for a total of 16408 confirmed positive cases and 24 new deaths in Iowa.

Jasper County has a total of 254 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 16 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-21-2020:

There were 421 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday; the total number of cases in Iowa is 15,954. Total COVID-19 related deaths in Iowa is now 403; 20 new deaths were reported.

Jasper County has a total of 251 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-20-2020 (3 PM):

As of 3 PM, there have been 299 new cases of COVID-19 in Iowa and 16 new deaths in Iowa.

Jasper County has a total of 250 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 14 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-20-2020 (12 PM):

Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits summer school activities, including baseball and softball, to resume on June 1.  And effective this Friday, May 22, Movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues will be permitted to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place. Swimming pools will also be permitted to reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons.
 
Governor Reynolds also announced that next Thursday, May 28, bars and other alcohol-related establishments that have been limited to carryout and delivery will be permitted to reopen for indoor or outdoor seating. These establishments will follow the same public health measures that restaurants have been implementing for the past several weeks.
 
The proclamation also provides additional regulatory relief to those affected by this disaster and continues to strongly encourages all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, in all counties of the state to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose

The full proclamation is online in its entirety at: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/proclamations 

Update 5-19-2020 (3 PM):

As of 3 PM today, there have been 341 new cases of COVID-19 in Iowa and 12 new deaths.

Jasper County has a total of 250 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 14 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-18-2020 (2 PM):

There are a total 304 new cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. There were 4 new deaths reported today, bringing the total deaths to 336.  

Jasper County has 249 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-17-2020 (2 PM):

There are a total 323 new cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. There were also 5 new deaths reported today, bringing the total deaths to 351.  

Jasper County has 247 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-16-2020 (2 PM):

There are a total 279 new cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. There were 10 new deaths reported today, bringing the total deaths to 336.  

Jasper County has 242 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-15-2020 (2 PM):

There are a total 374 new cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. There were 18 new deaths reported today, bringing the total deaths to 336.  

Jasper County has 241 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-14-2020 (3 PM):

Mayor Michael L. Hansen has amended his most recent emergency proclamation from April 27 to keep City of Newton buildings and offices closed to the general public through May 27. View the amended proclamation here

“The local emergency proclamation, keeping City buildings closed, will continue to be in place as I work with a task force of department directors and City employees to determine the schedule of city office openings,” said Mayor Hansen. “The decisions we make will protect the safety of our employees and the citizens of Newton.”

The proclamation, in accordance with the State Public Health Emergency Declaration proclamation signed by Governor Reynolds, still limits gathering of 10 people or more on public property or public right-of-way (such as City of Newton parks). Any permits or permissions previously granted will be rescinded and any amounts paid for such permits can be refunded upon request.

Update 5-14-2020 (1 PM):

Jasper County Health Department has released guidance for businesses who will be reopening.

The information, which is in a PDF file, can be found here.

Update 5-14-2020 (12 PM):

There were a total of 13,675 cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, an increase of 386  from yesterday.  There were also 12 new deaths reported, bringing the statewide total to 318.  

Jasper County has 240 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-13-2020 (6 PM):

Jasper County has seen 10 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-13-2020 (12:30 PM):

Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place. It also permits restaurants (but not bars), fitness centers, libraries, and race tracks to reopen in the 22 counties (including Jasper County) where they have remained closed. These changes are effective at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15.

The proclamation continues the other ongoing closures and public health measures, including the prohibition on social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people, until 11:59 p.m. on May 27, 2020.

It also strongly encourages all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, in all counties of the state to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose

 The full proclamation is online in its entirety.

Update 5-13-2020 (12 PM):

The State of Iowa announced 377 new COVID-19 cases today; the total number of confirmed cases in the state are now 13,289. There were 17 new deaths related to COVID-19 in Iowa, bringing the total to 306.

Jasper County has 239 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Update 5-12-2020 (1 PM):

The State of Iowa announced an increase of 539 new COVID-19 cases in Iowa today. The total confirmed cases in Iowa are now 12,912. There were 18 new deaths announced, bringing the state total to 289.

Jasper County has 239 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 8 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-11-2020 (1 PM):

The State of Iowa reported 414 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa today, bringing the state total to 12,373. There were 6 more deaths reported today, bringing the state total to 271. 

Jasper County has 238 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 8 deaths related to COVID-19.

Update 5-10-2020 :

Iowa reported a total of 11,959 cases today, an increase of 287 cases from Saturday. There were also an additional 13 deaths bringing the state total to 265.

Jasper County has a total of 238 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Update 5-9-2020:

IDPH released data showing an increase of 215 cases in the State of Iowa, bringing the total cases in Iowa to 11,672. The department also reported 9 new deaths, bringing the state total to 252.

Jasper County has a total of 238 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Three more deaths were confirmed in Jasper County for a total of 8 total COVID-19 related deaths.

Update 5-8-2020:

IDPH reported a total of 11,457 confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases, which is an increase of 398 cases. There were 12 new deaths reported, bringing the total deaths up to 243.

Jasper County has a total of 235 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Update 5-7-2020:

IDPH reported a total of 11,059 cases. The State of Iowa revealed a new dashboard which changed the time period from which cases were reported. There were a confirmed total of 231 deaths in Iowa due to COVID-19.

Jasper County has a total of 229 confirmed cases of COVID-19

Update 5-6-2020 (12 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 293 additional positive cases for a total of 10,404 positive cases. There have been an additional 2,309 negative tests for a total of 52,767 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. According to IDPH, an additional 12 deaths were also reported, 414 are currently hospitalized, and 3,803 Iowans have recovered. At this time, 1 in 50 Iowans have already been tested.

Jasper County has a total of 220 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Currently, 120 of the confirmed cases have recovered. There have been 5 deaths in Jasper County. A total of 1,176 people have been tested.

Update 5-5-2020 (2 PM):

Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 408 additional positive cases for a total of 10,111 positive cases. There have been an additional 3,000 negative tests for a total of 50,458 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. According to IDPH, an additional 19 deaths were also reported, 407 are currently hospitalized, and 3,572 Iowans have recovered. At this time, 1 in 52 Iowans have already been tested.

Jasper County has a total of 219 confirmed cases of COVID-19. A total of 1,141 people have been tested. Currently, 102 of the confirmed cases have recovered. There have been 3 deaths in Jasper County.

Update 5-5-2020 (12:30 PM):

TPI Composites, located in Newton, has been identified by the Iowa Department of Public Health as having a COVID-19 outbreak in their facility. An outbreak, defined by IDPH, means that there is 10% absenteeism or 10% of workforce is a confirmed case or identified as a close contact.

According to IDPH, there are 131 positive cases at TPI (not all the cases live in Jasper County, which is 13% of their employees tested.

Update 5-5-2020 (12 PM):

The City of Newton, Jasper County, Newton Development Corporation, Jasper Community Foundation, JEDCO, along with several local businesses and citizens have created a fund to help businesses located in Jasper County that did not receive financial assistance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Update 5-4-2020 (1 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 534 additional positive cases for a total of 9,703 positive cases. There have been an additional 3,441 negative tests for a total of 47,458 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. 85 percent of new positive cases today are in the 22 counties where restrictions remain in place.

According to IDPH, an additional 4 deaths were also reported, 389 are currently hospitalized, and 3,486 Iowans have recovered. At this time, 1 in 55 Iowans have already been tested. 

Jasper County has 210 total confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Update 4-29-2020 (2 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 467 additional positive cases for a total of 6,843 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,047 negative tests for a total of 34,494 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. The number of positive cases will continue to grow as Test Iowa sites open and additional surveillance testing of large businesses and nursing home staff continues.  
 
According to IDPH, an additional 12 deaths were also reported, 323 are currently hospitalized, and 2,428 Iowans have recovered. At this time, 1 in 76 Iowans have already been tested.

Jasper County currently has 130 positive cases of COVID-19.

Update 4-28-2020 (11:30 AM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Jasper County Health Department have identified 39 cases of COVID-19 in two long-term care facilities in Jasper County. The cases include both staff and residents at Accura Healthcare of Newton – West and Park Centre.

At Accura Healthcare of Newton – West there are 21 COVID positive cases and at Park Centre there are 18 COVID-19 positive cases. According to IDPH, an outbreak is when three or more cases of COVID-19 are identified among residents of a facility.

As of today, April 28, there are 109 total cases of COVID-19 in Jasper County. The Jasper County Health Department continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health, and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic.

Update 4-27-2020 (4:30 PM):

Mayor Michael L. Hansen has amended his emergency proclamations from March 17, March 18, and March 31 through May 15, 2020.  View the amended proclamation here.

Update 4-27-2020 (2 PM):

Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 349 additional positive cases for a total of 5,868 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,668 negative tests for a total of 32,282 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. The number of positive cases will continue to grow as Test Iowa sites open and additional surveillance testing of large businesses and nursing home staff continues.  

According to IDPH, an additional 9 deaths were also reported, 300 are currently hospitalized, and 2,021 Iowans have recovered. At this time, 1 in 82 Iowans have already been tested. 

Jasper County currently has 97 positive cases of COVID-19.

Update 4-27-2020 (1:00 PM):

Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27, 2020. The proclamation loosens social distancing measures in 77 Iowa counties effective Friday, May 1, and continues other restrictions until 11:50 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020. 

Social distancing guidelines and closures remain in place in Jasper County until May 15.

  • Gov. Reynolds Proclamation - Part 1
  • Gov. Reynolds Proclamation - Part 2
  • Gov. Reynolds Proclamation - Part 3

Update 4-24-2020 (1:30 PM):

Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 521 additional positive cases for a total of 4,445 positive cases. There have been an additional 2,190 negative tests for a total of 27,528 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.
 
According to IDPH, an additional 11 deaths were also reported, 278 are currently hospitalized, and 1,604 Iowans have recovered.
 
Jasper County currently has 73 positive cases of COVID-19.

Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation permits health care providers to begin the process of resuming some elective surgeries and procedures through a phased approach, permits farmers markets to begin limited operations with appropriate public health precautions, and provides other relief to Iowans affected by this disaster.
 
Read the full proclamation below or online here.

Update 4-23-2020 (2 PM):

Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 176 additional positive cases for a total of 3,924 positive cases. There have been an additional 842 negative tests for a total of 25,338 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, Jasper County has a total count of 55 cases; 17 adults, 26 middle aged adults, 9 older adults and 3 elderly.
 
According to IDPH, an additional 6 deaths were also reported, 282 are currently hospitalized, and 1,492 Iowans have recovered.

Update 4-23-2020 (9 AM):

TPI proactively reached out to the office of Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds to discuss establishing an enhanced COVID-19 testing plan. TPI plans to voluntarily pause production at its Newton, Iowa manufacturing facility until the middle of next week in order to do another deep clean of the facility and to implement this more rigorous testing plan, which will include testing all Newton associates.   TPI’s associates will be paid during the production pause and TPI also plans to provide protective masks to its associates’ family members for use at home.  

For more on this closure, view the full news release here: https://www.tpicomposites.com/English/newsroom/press-releases/press-release-details/2020/TPI-Composites-Inc-To-Collaborate-with-the-State-of-Iowa-on-COVID-19-Testing/

Update 4-21-2020 (3 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 482 additional positive cases for a total of 3,641 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,313 negative tests for a total of 23,974 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.
 
According to IDPH, an additional 4 deaths were also reported, 214 are currently hospitalized, and 1,293 Iowans have recovered.
 
Jasper County currently has 53 positive cases of COVID-19.

Update 4-21-2020 (1 PM):

Governor Kim Reynolds launched the Test Iowa Initiative to expand testing capacity to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. The state is partnering with Nomi Health and its subsidiary DOMO which has already launched a similar initiative in the state of Utah.
 
TestIowa is a new initiative in partnership with our state leaders and private corporations. The goal is to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing so Iowans can have better access to testing and help stem the spread of COVID-19 to get us back to normal as quickly as possible. 

Find information here: https://www.testiowa.com/ 

Update 4-20-2020:

Jasper County Health Department have had 22 new cases in the last three days with at least 13 other linked presumed positive cases.

  • Friday - 7 new cases, 2 additional linked cases
  • Saturday - 5 new cases, 4 additional linked cases
  • Sunday - 10 new cases, 7 linked cases 

Jasper County currently has 42 positive cases of COVID-19.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Please note that IDPH numbers may be different due to the time they are cut off the previous day. 

Update 4-17-2020 (2 PM):

Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 191 additional positive cases for a total of 2,332 positive cases. There have been additional 926 negative tests for a total of 19,460 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

Jasper County currently has 28 positive cases of COVID-19.

Update 4-17-2020 (1 PM):

Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education announced today that all school districts and nonpublic schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year and will continue to offer continuous learning to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This also includes the cancellation of spring sports activities.

“While I would like nothing more than to open up our schools and classrooms in May, we have to prioritize the health and safety of Iowans,” said Gov. Reynolds. “With our students at home, we must rely on continuous learning plans that are in place and prepare school districts for ‘Return to Learn’ in the fall. I greatly appreciate the work of Director Ann Lebo and all our school administrators, educators, and staff during this unprecedented time.”

Update 4-16-2020 (3 PM):

Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 146 additional positive cases for a total of 2,141 positive cases. There have been additional 660 negative tests for a total of 18,543 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.
 
According to IDPH, an additional 7 deaths were also reported, 175 are currently hospitalized, and 987 Iowans have recovered.

Jasper County currently has 23 positive cases of COVID-19.

Update 4-16-2020 (12 PM):

Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration and implementing additional measures to protect residents, workers, and the public in RMCC Region 6.

The proclamation limits social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings in RMCC Region 6 to only people who live together in the same household. And it continues to limit weddings, funerals, and other spiritual or religious gatherings to no more than 10 people. The proclamation also requires people to remain six feet away from people outside their household whenever possible, and requires employers to take reasonable steps to increase telework and adopt reasonable precautions to protect the health of employees and the public at any in-person operations.  

RMCC Region 6 includes Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, and Winneshiek counties.

The order is effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 16, 2020 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020. Read the full text of the proclamation can be read below or click here to read online.

Update 4-15-2020 (11 AM):

Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 96 additional positive cases for a total of 1,995 positive cases. There have been additional 407 negative tests for a total of 17,874 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. According to IDPH, an additional 4 deaths were also reported, 171 hospitalized, and 908 Iowans have recovered. 

Update 4-14-2020 (11 AM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 189 additional positive cases for a total of 1,899 positive cases. This includes 199 surveillance tests conducted of Tyson Plant employees, 86 of which were positive. There have been additional 481 negative tests for a total of 17,467 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. According to IDPH, an additional 6 deaths were also reported, 163 hospitalized, and 790 Iowans have recovered. The full dashboard can now be found on https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus.  

Jasper County currently has 12 positive cases of COVID-19.

Update 4-13-2020 (3 PM): 

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 123 additional positive cases for a total of 1,710 positive cases. There have been an additional 981 negative tests for a total of 16,986 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. Jasper County Health Department was informed of one new positive case in Jasper County. 

The new positive case is for a middle-age adult (41 - 60 years old) and brings Jasper County’s total cases to 12.

Update 4-12-2020 (2 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 77 additional positive cases for a total of 1,587 positive cases. There have been an additional 383 negative tests for a total of 16,005 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

Jasper County Health Department has been notified of one new positive in Jasper County. The positive case is a middle-age adult (41 - 60 years old).

Jasper County currently has 11 positive cases of COVID-19.

Update 4-11-2020 (11 AM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 122 additional positive cases for a total of 1,510 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,057 negative tests for a total of 15,622 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

Jasper County currently has 10 positive cases of COVID-19.

Update 4-10-2020 (5 PM):

Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation provides additional regulatory relief necessary to respond to this public health disaster. This includes provisions to give health facilities greater flexibility, remove certain in-person regulatory requirements, and permit community colleges and school districts to adjust to the suspension of in-person instruction. View the full proclamation here.

Update 4-10-2020 (2 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 118 additional positive cases for a total of 1,388 positive cases. There have been an additional 862 negative tests for a total of 14,565 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. 

Jasper County Health Department has been notified of 1 new aces in an adult (18 - 40 years old) in Jasper County.

Jasper County currently has 10 positive cases of COVID-19.

Update 4-9-2020 (3 PM):

The Newton Fest committee has announced the celebration set for June 11-13 will be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Out of an abundance of caution and to keep our community safe, the committee is canceling Newton Fest for this summer. Like many other regional festivals that have been canceled we are upset to have to do so but believe this is in everyone’s best interest," the committee released in a statement.

Newton Fest committee members and partnering organizations have already committed to bringing back event favorites including the pool party, kids art, inflatables, BBQ contest, car show, vendor fair, live entertainment and more for 2021.

The statement continued, "We know people will be disappointed but hope they understand and will continue to support the event in the future. We encourage everyone to follow public health guidelines to stay safe and healthy so we can come together again in celebration next summer."  

Update 4-9-2020 (2 PM):

Due to Governor Reynold’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency in regards to COVID-19, the City of Newton has made the decision to cancel the first three summer concert series events for 2020. This includes the City Band concert on May 28th, Dueling Pianos on June 4th and Slipstream on June 18th. We will reevaluate the COVID-19 situation in May, to determine the effects on the rest of the scheduled concerts. Please feel free to contact the Community Services office at (641) 792-6622 if you have questions.

Update 4-9-2020 (11 AM):

The IDPH released COVID-19 Outbreak Guidance for Businesses on April 8. This document provides guidance for Iowa businesses experiencing greater than 10% of employees ill withCOVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, or other respiratory symptoms). Thisguidance is not intended for healthcare or residential facilities, as that guidance is available at:https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronaviru

Update 4-8-2020 (2 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 97 additional positive cases for a total of 1,145 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,151 negative tests for a total of 12,821 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

Update 4-7-2020 (2 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 102 additional positive cases for a total of 1,048 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,017 negative tests for a total of 11,670 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

Update 4-6-2020 (4 PM):

Governor Kim Reynolds announced today, Monday, April 6, that she is expanding the state’s Disaster Emergency Proclamation. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, the Governor has ordered the following closures: 

  • Malls: All enclosed malls, including interior common areas and any retail establishment that is only accessible to the public from the interior common areas;
  • Tobacco or vaping stores;
  • Toy, gaming, music, instrument, movie or adult entertainment stores;
  • Social and fraternal clubs, including but not limited to American Legion or VFW posts, Elks Clubs, country clubs and golf course clubhouses. Food and beverages may be sold if they are promptly taken from the premises. A golf course clubhouse may be open to the minimal extent necessary to facilitate use of the golf course, provided appropriate social distancing practices are implemented; 
  • Bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades and amusement parks; 
  • Museums, libraries, aquariums and zoos; 
  • Race tracks and speedways; 
  • Indoor or outdoor roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks; 
  • Outdoor or indoor playgrounds or children’s play centers, not including playgrounds in private residences or childcare facilities; 
  • Public and private campgrounds; 
  • Unsolicited door-to-door sales and solicitations at homes and residences.

These new closures do not affect other retail establishments, such as discount stores, grocery stores, or pharmacies that sell these goods in addition to other essential food, medical supplies, and household goods. All other previous closures stand through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. 

Links for Jasper County and its communities can be found here, including information regarding proclamations can be found here.

Update 4-6-2020 (1 PM):

Jasper County Health Department (JCHD) continues to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and a number of other local agencies to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. As of today, Monday, April 6, there are 8 confirmed positive cases in Jasper County. Five of the eight confirmed positives cases are recovered. The patients followed IDPH and JCHD guidelines for quarantine and self-isolation.

Currently, there are a total of 946 confirmed positive cases in Iowa. There have been a total of 10,653 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID-19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

Update 4-3-202 (1:30 PM):

The Jasper County Health Department has been notified by the Iowa Department of Public Health of an additional positive case in Jasper County, for a total of 8 positive cases. The newest positive, as of today, is for an older adult (61 - 80 years old).

According to JCHD and IDPH, the Jasper County cases are as follows:

  • 3 elderly adult, 81+ years old
  • 3 older adults, 61 - 80 years old
  • 1 middle-age adult, 41 - 60 year old
  • 1 adult, 18 - 40 years old

Four of the eight confirmed positives cases are recovered. The patients followed IDPH and JCHD guidelines for quarantine and self-isolation.

Update 4-2-2020 (1 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 66 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 614 positive cases. According to IDPH, two additional deaths were reported; 2 older adults (61-80) of Linn County. There have been a total of 8,054 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

Update 4-1-2020 (1 PM):

The Jasper County Health Department has been notified by the Iowa Department of Public Health of an additional positive case in Jasper County, for a total of 7 positive cases. The newest positive, as of today, is for a middle-age adult (41-60 years).

According to JCHD and IDPH, the Jasper County cases are as follows:

  • 1 older adult, 61 - 80 years old
  • 1 elderly adult, 81+ years old
  • 1 adult, 18 - 40 years old
  • 1 older adult, 61 - 80 years old
  • 1 elderly adult, 81+ years old
  • 1 elderly adult, 81+ years old
  • 1 middle-age adult, 41-60 years

Update 3-31-2020 (3:30 PM):

In an effort to implement social distancing practices recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Michael L. Hansen has amended his emergency proclamation from Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 to include closing all city buildings from public access through April 30, 2020.  View the amended proclamation here

The proclamation now also prohibits the use of public restrooms and public playground equipment at the City of Newton Parks. All playground equipment and restrooms at City of Newton parks are closed effective immediately, until further notice. COVID-19 has been known to spread through hard surface contact. The City of Newton does not have an effective way to sanitize the playground equipment to keep everyone safe.

Update 3-31-2020 (1 PM):

The Jasper County Health Department has been notified by the Iowa Department of Public Health of an additional positive case in Jasper County, for a total of 6 positive cases. The newest positive, as of today, was for an elderly adult (81+ years old).

According to JCHD and IDPH, the Jasper County cases include:

  • 1 older adult, 61 - 80 years old
  • 1 elderly adult, 81+ years old
  • 1 adult, 18 - 40 years old
  • 1 older adult, 61 - 80 years old
  • 1 elderly adult, 81+ years old
  • 1 elderly adult, 81+ years old

Update 3-30-2020 (1 PM):

The Jasper County Health Department has been notified by the Iowa Department of Public Health of an additional positive case in Jasper County, for a total of 5 positive cases. The newest positive, as of today, was for an elderly adult (81+ years old).

According to JCHD and IDPH, the Jasper County cases include:
 
•    1 older adult, 61 - 80 years old
•    1 elderly adult, 81+ years old
•    1 adult, 18 - 40 years old
•    1 older adult, 61 - 80 years old
•    1 elderly adult, 81+ years old

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.

Update 3-28-2020 (11:30 AM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 64 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 298 positive cases (a previously identified positive case in Black Hawk County is not from Iowa). There have been a total of 4,375 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. This includes a new positive case for an adult (18-40) in Jasper County.

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.

There are a total of 3 confirmed cases in Jasper County.

Update 3-27-2020 (11:30 AM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 56 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 235 positive cases. There have been a total of 3,740 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.
 
According to IDPH, two Iowans with COVID-19 passed away last night, one elderly adult (81+ years) from Poweshiek County and one older adult (61-80 years) from Allamakee County. This brings the total COVID-19 deaths in Iowa to three.

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.

Update 3-26-2020 (4 PM):

Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, suspending elective and nonessential medical and dental procedures, extending and expanding retail business closures, ordering health care facilities and nursing homes to engage in advanced health care screenings, and removing additional legal barriers to ensure a continued strong response to this disaster. 

The state of public health disaster emergency shall expire on April 16, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended by the governor.

 Read the full text of the proclamation online here.

Update 3-26-2020 (12 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 34 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 179 positive cases. There have been a total of 2,975 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. 

This includes a new positive case in Jasper County (1 elderly (81+)). There are a total of two positive cases in Jasper County. 

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.

Update 3-26-2020 (10 AM):

i-SERV is the Iowa Department of Public Health’s secure online registry for individuals wishing to volunteer in the event of a large scale disaster or public health emergency. i-SERV is part of a federal effort to coordinate and assemble volunteers for all types of emergencies. Click here for more information and to sign up here: https://www.iaserv.org/

Update 3-26-2020 (8 AM):

Visitor Restrictions at MercyOne Newton Medical Center

Effective today (Wednesday, March 25), no visitors are allowed at MercyOne Newton Medical Center. Toe learn more, including exceptions, please visit: https://www.mercyone.org/desmoines/about-us/news-releases/visitor-restriction-policy?fbclid=IwAR0bmJ3KaQTQPS58_cWbNc9AELTekG0R1o5Ltq57Wa2Vc1NeLExDjwXGMUY

Update 3-25-2020 (12 PM):

Gov. Kim Reynolds received notification last night that President Trump has approved her request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for COVID-19, removing a $5 million cap on federal funds as well as making available the Community Disaster Loan program. The declaration provides assistance for work and services to save lives and protect property, to include emergency protective measures. Gov. Reynolds had also requested activation of the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance and Crisis Counseling programs and statewide Hazard Mitigation Assistance funding. Those portions of her request are still under consideration.

Update 3-25-2020 (10 AM): 

The Newton Police Department continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation around the nation and state. We have become aware of coronavirus-related scams in other communities. It is terrible that people prey on fear. Still, we see this during and after every natural disaster and emergency crisis. Unfortunately, it is only a matter of time before someone reaches into the Newton community and attempts to take advantage of the uncertainty associated with this pandemic. Read more here: https://www.newtongov.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1181

Update 3-25-2020 (8 AM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) learned late yesterday of the first death associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual was an older adult, 61-80 years of age, and a resident of Dubuque County.

Update 3-24-2020 (4 PM):

Jasper County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is currently seeking donations of personal protective equipment (PPE).

If your business and/or facility is not operating or seeing patients and clients at a reduced schedule please consider donating any available PPE. Specific PPE items that Jasper County EMA is looking for includes:

  • Eye protection
  • Facemasks
  • N95 masks
  • Medical gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Isopropyl alcohol at 70% concentration
  • Isolation gowns

If your facility has PPE to donate please call 641-841-1180 to schedule a drop off at the Jasper County EMA (1030 W 2nd St S; Newton, Iowa). Drop offs will be held weekdays between 8 A.M. and 4 P.M. by appointment only.

The Jasper County Emergency Management Agency has created a county-wide landing page with information, resources and updates for COVID-19 at www.jasperema-hls.org/jasper-disaster.

Update 3-24-2020 (11 AM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 15 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 105 positive cases. There have been a total of 2,043 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.  A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at other labs, and will soon provide additional information regarding hospitalization and recovery.  

Update 3-24-2020 (8 AM):

On Monday, March 23, Governor Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses and tax deferrals to any Iowa businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, at 12 p.m. More information is available here: www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/our-agency-detail-resources/6710

Governor Reynolds also announced that first quarter unemployment tax payments that are due April 30th will be delayed till the end of the 2nd quarter, July 31, 2020. Eligible employers include those employers with 50 or fewer employees. Eligible employers also must be in good standing with no delinquencies in quarterly payments. More information is available here: https://governor.iowa.gov/press-release/gov-reynolds-announces-unemployment-insurance-tax-extension-to-assist-small 

Update 3-23-2020 (5 PM):

A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Jasper County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is self-isolating at home.*

“While this is Jasper 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,” said Jasper County Health Administrator, Becky Pryor.

If you think you may need healthcare, call first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home. There may also be options for you to talk to a medical provider from home using technology.

This information will be reflected in the Tuesday, March 24th Iowa of Department of Public Health update and Tuesday, March 24th news conference by Governor Reynolds.

Update 3-23-2020 (3 PM):

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is providing this important information about COVID-19 as it relates to public drinking water to provide clarity to the public. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is very low. Disinfection methods used in drinking water treatment plants are effective for inactivation of coronaviruses and all other viruses. Iowans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.  The Iowa DNR recommends obtaining your potable water from your tap as much as possible to conserve bottled water for emergency situations if needed.  

Update 3-23-2020 (2 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 15 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 105 positive cases. There have been a total of 2,043 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.  A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at other labs, and will soon provide additional information regarding hospitalization and recovery.  

Update 3-23-2020 (12 PM): 

Newton Clinic patients with a fever, flu-like symptoms or respiratory symptoms — such as a cough or shortness of breath — will be able to utilize a temporary fever and respiratory pop-up clinic for treatment. This is not a drive-through testing location. Newton Clinic patients are asked to call 641-792-2112 to make an appointment before being seen in the external clinic. Scheduled appointments between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. 

Newton Clinic will remain open for non-contagious health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, mental health checkups, pain management, medication follow-up visits, non-emergent injuries such as sprains and minor lacerations, OB visits and well-adult and well-child exams.

Please note: this is not a drive-through testing location and you must be a Newton Clinic patient to make an appointment.

Update 3-23-2020 (8:00 AM):

The Newton Community School District will be implementing an emergency food program starting Monday, March 23rd.  A curbside breakfast & lunch pick up will be available at Berg Middle School & Newton High School from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Mon-Fri). Children need to be present to pick up meals. Their plan is to provide this while school is not in session. We will continue to monitor and assess this need as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is available here: https://www.newtoncsd.org/Downloads/NEWTON-COMMUNITY-SCHOOLS.pdf

Update 3-22-2020 (4 PM):

Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation includes additional mandatory closures, relaxes certain restrictions to promote additional social distancing and provides regulatory relief to Iowa health care industries, among other actions outlined in the proclamation below. 

The proclamation closes the following from Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March, 31st, 2020: Salons, medical spas, barbershops, tattoo establishments, tanning facilities, massage therapy establishments, and swimming pools. 

To assist Iowans further, it suspends all foreclosures on residential, commercial, and agricultural real property. 

The proclamation also provides professional licensing relief to remove barriers who want to step up and serve in medical professions and to prevent the expiration of professional licenses during the disaster.  

To promote further social distancing, the declaration suspends in-person requirements for various activities. 

The full proclamation can be found here: https://governor.iowa.gov/press-release/gov-reynolds-signs-new-proclamation-continuing-state-public-health-emergency

Update 3-22-2020 (12 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 22 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 90 positive cases. There have been  1,215 negative tests conducted at the State Hygienic Lab to date.

Update 3-21-2020 (5 PM):

Iowans who have traveled recently for business or spring break vacations, whether internationally or domestically outside of Iowa, should strongly consider self-isolating for 14 days. This will support Iowa’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and limit the introduction of the virus from other points of travel. 

Iowa has implemented many provisions to emphasize social distancing, and self-isolation after travel is another measure we can take to slow the spread of the virus and avoid quickly overburdening our healthcare system. 

Update 3-21-2020 (3 PM):

The U.S. Small Business Administration (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.

Read the full news release from the Iowa Economic Development Authority here: https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/newsDetail/6712?

Update 3-21-2020 (1 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 23 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 68 positive cases. To date, there have been 1,049 negative tests conducted at the State Hygienic Lab. A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa will begin to share the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs.

Update 3-20-2020 (1 PM):

As of 8 a.m. on Friday, March 20, Jasper County Emergency Management activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to support the ongoing COVID-19 response in Jasper County. The activation of the EOC will help coordinate response and communication among the county’s response partners. The EOC will also be coordinating information for the communities of Jasper County and their residents.

Update 3-20-2020 (12 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of one additional positive case of Iowans with COVID-10, for a total of 45 positive cases. 765 negative tests have been conducted at the State Hygienic Lab. According to IDPH, this individual resides in Allamakee County and is a middle-aged adult (41-60).  A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa provided by IDPH can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The governor’s office and the Iowa Department of Public Health will be transitioning to mid morning updates as testing capabilities have expanded.  

Update 3-20-2020 (10 AM): 

Gov. Reynolds issued an additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration effective immediately providing additional regulatory relief to Iowans impacted by this public health disaster.  

The declaration relaxes a number of restrictions and regulations and provides relief from other statutes and state regulations:  

  • Temporarily suspends collection of property taxes and penalties and interest
  • Temporarily suspends some evictions under the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act or the Manufactured Home Communities or Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord and Tenant Act in certain circumstances
  • Extends expiration deadline for a permit to carry and a permit to acquire a firearm and additional measures
  • Permits the sale of carry-out, delivery, drive-thru of alcohol for unopened bottles of alcohol for bars and restaurants and suspends some fees
  • Permits public meetings or hearings by electronic means to improve the functions of government while maintaining social distancing practices
  • Suspends certain regulations to ease the transportation of agricultural supplies and commodities, food, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods on all highways in Iowa
  • The proclamation also allows related state agencies to implement the state’s public health emergency plan

Read the full text of the proclamation here: https://www.governor.iowa.gov/press-release/gov-reynolds-signs-additional-state-public-health-emergency-declaration-will-hold 

Update 3-19-2020 (5 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 6 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 44 positive cases. 642 negative tests have been conducted at the State Hygienic Lab.  Read the Iowa Department of Public Health news release here: https://idph.iowa.gov/News/ArtMID/646/ArticleID/158312/Additional-COVID-19-Cases-in-Iowa-31920 

Update 3-18-2020 (6 PM):

Newton Main Street has created, and is maintaining, a list of local restaurants and how they are operating. You can view the Google Doc as Newton Main Street updates information here: http://bit.ly/NewtonRestaurantInfo

Update 3-18-2020 (5:45 PM):

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of six additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 29 positive cases. According to IDPH, three individuals are residents of Johnson County; the other three are residents of Adair, Blackhawk and Dallas Counties.  Read the Iowa Department of Public Health news release here: https://idph.iowa.gov/News/ArtMID/646/ArticleID/158310/Additional-COVID-19-Cases-in-Iowa-31720 

Update 3-18-2020 (4 PM):

In an effort to implement social distancing practices recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Michael L. Hansen has amended his emergency proclamation from Tuesday, March 17 to include closing all city buildings from public access beginning on Thursday, March 19, 2020.  View the amended proclamation here.

The City of Newton offices, including Public Works (Public Works, Community Development, and Community Services), City Hall, the Newton Fire Department and Newton Police Department will be closed to the public through March 31, 2020 and will be re-evaluated at that time. The Newton Public Library was already closed to the public and Newton Water Works, which is housed in City Hall, will also be closed to the public.

While these facilities are closed to walk-in traffic, City services will continue to be provided by City departments and divisions with customer service needs being either handled online, via email or by phone.

  • Please visit our website at www.newtongov.org/directory.aspx for department contact information and online services.
  • If you are unable to find what you need on the website, email communciations@newtongov.org or call City Hall at 641-792-2787 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.
  • Newton Water Works customer service staff is working normal business hours and can be reached at 641-792-2003. To make your water bill payment, you can 1) place check or money order in the drop box to the left of the front doors of City Hall or 2) send check or money order via mail to Newton Water Works or 3) sign up for auto-pay of your water bill with your checking or savings account - which is a free service. Find out more here: www.newtongov.org/584/Payment-Information
  • Many licenses and permits are available online: www.newtongov.org/405/Licenses-or-Permits, trade permits, rental housing registrations, etc. to be submitted electronically. Some forms are available as PDFs and can be emailed to erinc@newtongov.org.
  • Building inspections are continuing as normal and can be scheduled by calling 641-792-6622 ex. 2306.
  • Contact the Newton Police Department for non-emergency calls during business hours call 641-791-0850 and after-business hours call 641-792-1547. Call 9-1-1 only for life-or-death emergencies or crimes in progress. On certain calls, officers may be wearing additional protective gear to limit exposure.
  • Contact the Newton Fire Department for non-emergency calls at 641-792-3347. Call 9-1-1 only for life-or-death emergencies. On certain calls, firefighters may be wearing additional protective gear to limit exposure.
  • For after-hours Public Works related issues, including water, sewer, storm drain, or streets, please call 641-792-1547.
  • Patrons of the Newton Public Library are encouraged to access online magazines, e-books and audio books through OverDrive and Libby. Visit www.newtongov.org/library for more information.

Learn more: https://www.newtongov.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1175 

Update 3-18-2020 (1 PM):

Please remember toilets are not trash cans. Only the 3p’s - pee, poo & (toilet) paper - belong in the toilet. The City’s Water Pollution Control Facility has seen an increase in wipes labeled “flushable” being flushed into the City’s sewer mains. The City of Newton wants residents to be aware that wipes that are sold as “flushable” are in fact not flushable for the City’s sewer pipes and can cause problems with your homes sewer pipes. Learn what is here: https://www.newtongov.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1174

Update 3-18-2020 (10 AM):

On March 17, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of six additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 29 positive cases. According to IDPH, three individuals are residents of Johnson County; the other three are residents of Adair, Blackhawk and Dallas Counties. Full release available here: https://idph.iowa.gov/News/ArtMID/646/ArticleID/158310/Additional-COVID-19-Cases-in-Iowa-31720 

A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.  

Update 3-17-2020 (3:30 PM):

Mayor Michael L. Hansen has signed a proclamation that determines a state of emergency or public danger exists and directs that all gathering of 10 people or more on public property or public right-of-way are hereby prohibited and any permits or permissions previously granted are hereby rescinded and any amounts paid for such permits shall be refunded upon request. The proclamation directs the Police Chief to enforce such direction to avoid any such gatherings, whether formally or informally organized.

See the full signed proclamation online: City of Newton Emergency Proclamation

Update 3017-2020 (1 PM):

A planned 2020 City of Newton Projects Open House for March 24 has been canceled. Flyers had been mailed late last week to residents and businesses directly affected by some of these projects, a postcard about the cancellation have been mailed out today.

Update 3-17-2020 (10:35 AM):

Gov. Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan effective at noon today. It 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. Read the full announcement here: https://idph.iowa.gov/News/ArtMID/646/ArticleID/158309/Gov-Reynolds-issues-a-State-of-Public-Health-Disaster-Emergency 

Update 3-17-2020 (9:55 AM):

With the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 virus and to comply with recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for social distancing, the Newton Police Department has canceled the Cops & Neighborhoods United Zone 6 Meeting that had been scheduled for Friday March 20.  

Update 3-17-2020 (8:45 AM):

The Newton Community School District will CLOSE beginning TUESDAY, MARCH 17 and remain closed until April 13, 2020 at a minimum. 

Based on Governor Kim Reynold’s recommendation and evidence from the Iowa Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, the Newton Community School District will CLOSE beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and remain closed until April 13, 2020 at a minimum. Information could become available that would extend this timeline, but based on evidence we have right now this seems to be the most prudent course of action. 

Here is additional information for you: 

  1. Per guidance from the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, all spring school related activities – athletics, fine arts, etc. – are cancelled. This includes middle school activities. 
  2. The Newton Community School District is working with their Food Nutrition services to determine a procedure to provide lunch and an afternoon snack. These meals will be “grab & go” served either in a Styrofoam container or in a brown paper sack. Details will be forthcoming soon. 
  3. At this time the H.A. Lynn Stadium track will remain open, but all other school facilities will be inaccessible to the public until further notice.

Read a letter from Superintendent Bob Callaghan here: https://www.newtoncsd.org/Downloads/School-Closure-Parents-Students-1.pdf 

Update 3-16-2020 (4:30 PM):

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. Here is a link to their news release about buidling and office closures: www.co.jasper.ia.us/DocumentCenter/View/1792/COVID-19-Press-Release 

Update 3-16-2020 (2:30 PM):

The Newton Public Library Board is monitoring the news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to make the best decisions possible to keep the library’s staff, patrons, and communities healthy and safe. As a result, the Library will be closing as of 8 p.m. tonight (Monday, March 16th) and will remain closed through Sunday, March 29th, 2020.  This is a fluid, unprecedented situation for the Library and the health and safety of our community and staff is of utmost importance. All library items that are currently checked out will now have a due date of April 1st, 2020. Any Newton Public Library card that is due to be updated between January 1st, 2020 to April 1st, 2020, will be automatically updated through April 15th to allow patrons access to our online materials, databases, and other online services. The Library offers a large collection of digital materials, including eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks from Libby and Overdrive. These digital materials are free to Newton Public Library card holders and can be accessed from home by downloading the free Libby app from their app store. Please call the Library Information Desk at 641.792.4108 if you have questions about this service. Read more here: www.newtongov.org/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1170

Update 3-16-2020 (2:00 PM): 

The health and safety of Newton residents and employees is our top priority, as a preventative measure the City of Newton is encouraging Newton residents to attend tonight’s city council meeting through electronic means. If you would like to provide information to be read at the meeting, please email your statement to the City Clerk at katrinad@newtongov.org no later than 4:30 p.m. If you have a question during the meeting, please call 641-791-2787 ext. 2007. Recordings of City Council meetings are also available on demand a couple of days after a meeting on the City’s website in the Agenda (www.newtongov.org/AgendaCenter).You can watch the meeting in the following ways:

  • Television – Meetings are broadcast live on Mediacom channels 12, 85 or 121.12.
  • Live stream – Meetings are streamed live on the City’s website (www.newtongov.org)
  • At the time of the City Council meeting, visit the City’s website and click “I Want To…” > “View” > “Livestream of City Council Meetings”

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 

  • Most city buildings and offices are open to the public but city staff are encouraging residents to call before visiting a building as we may be able to assist residents via phone or online.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The Newton Public Library is open for business at this time. At this time programming, meeting room reservations and conference room reservations have been canceled through March 31.
    • 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.
      • Those seeking permits are asked to complete permit forms online.
      • All Newton park shelter rentals are canceled until April 15. 
      • 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.
      • Westwood Golf Course is open as normal at this time.
    • The Newton Sanitary Landfill is open for business and operations are planned to continue as normal.

Update 3-15-2020 (4:30 PM)

From the Jasper County Health Department 

  • “We are all in this together as Iowa tackles COVID-19.  We appreciate everyone pulling together in the community.  We will support everyone by keeping you up to date with information on our Jasper County Health Department - Iowa Facebook page including information from IDPH and CDC.  This information will assist in making the best decisions for our families, businesses and community.  As a health department, our mission is to protect and improve the health of Jasper County. I challenge you to help us protect, prevent, and prepare if needed for COVID 19.  We would rather be cautious and proactive to protect Jasper County.  Staying calm and planning is a great first step.”  Becky Pryor, Administrator
  • Parents should be planning what it would look like if schools or daycares are closed.  Businesses should look at their emergency plan and allow employees to consider working from home when possible and mandating that employees must stay home when sick.
  • A public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431

Update 3-15-2020

There is now community spread of COVID 19 in Iowa; please review the Iowa Dept of Public Health updated guidelines as of this the evening of March 14, 2020. There are still no positive cases in Jasper County.

Update 3-15-2020

The Newton Public Library Board is monitoring the news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to make the best decisions possible to keep the library’s staff, patrons, and communities healthy and safe. As a result, all library programs (including outreach events) are canceled through March 31st. We are also canceling all meeting room and conference room reservations at this time. The Library Board and administration will keep an eye on updates concerning COVID-19 and make further decisions on April programming in the coming weeks.

  •  Click here for more information from the Newton Public Library.