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The City of Newton has no higher priority than to protect the health and safety of our citizens and our employees. We are actively and closely monitoring the coronavirus situation, and we are working hard to stay on top of this evolving situation.
The public health community continues to monitor closely the emergence of the virus named “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). The health, safety and well-being of our community is always of utmost importance to us, and we know that many of you may have concerns with the recent outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus. We hope that this information will help address those concerns.
We recognize this is an emerging and rapidly evolving situation. Please be assured that the City of Newton is continuing to take proactive measures to support the health and welfare of our citizens and our employees, including increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting public work areas including door handles, workspaces, and all surfaces. We encourage anyone who is sick or has a cough, fever, or other symptoms to stay home and not to attend public meetings or visit City offices.
City Council Meetings are broadcast live on Mediacom channels 12, 85 or 121.12 and live streamed on the City’s website. At the time of the City Council meeting, visit the City’s website and click “I Want To…” > “View” > “Livestream of City Council Meetings”
Most city buildings and offices are open to the public (excluding the Newton Public Library as of March 16, 2020 - see update below) but city staff are encouraging residents to call before visiting a building as we may be able to assist residents via phone or online.
If the CDC and/or the Iowa Department of Health provide updated guidance, we will take appropriate action and communicate those plans via our website and through any other relevant communication channels.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The CDC recommends taking the following preventative actions to lessen the spread of viruses include:
Stay informed and look for information on this virus and situation from reliable and trusted expert sources:
The City of Newton maintains links to these information sources on our website, www.newtongov.org/COVID-19 and urges residents to stay aware of the changing conditions and follow guidance from the experts in public health. Any changes to office hours or services will be posted on our website.
The City of Newton realizes these are unsettling times. One way to combat anxiety caused by these events is to stay informed. If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious and think you may need additional support, please remember dialing 211 can connect you with additional resources to get through these difficult times.