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The original item was published from 3/13/2020 6:44:00 PM to 3/15/2020 7:31:38 PM.

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Posted on: March 13, 2020



The City of Johnston, Polk County and the State of Iowa are monitoring the situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). City staff continues to work closely with local partners to prepare and respond as necessary. We encourage community members to help protect yourself and those around you by practicing social distancing and healthy habits.

Johnston Police, Fire, and all other essential City of Johnston services remain fully operational. All emergency crews are fully staffed and prepared to respond as necessary and using the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Should the Iowa Department of Public Health or the Polk County Health Department suggest “social distancing” for Polk County residents, departments including the Johnston Public Library and activities at Crown Point Community Center. Updates regarding these facilities will be posted here on our City website and social media pages. 

Effective Monday, March 16:
The City of Johnston is announcing the Polk County Senior Lunch Site and senior activities at the Crown Point Community Center in Johnston will close effective Monday, March 16 until Monday, March 30 to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 respiratory illness.

This closure and cancellation, while inconvenient, is intended to reduce to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Johnston Seniors are welcome to order a to-go lunch from the Grimes Community Center, located at 410 SE Main Street in Grimes. Lunch is available for PICK-UP ONLY at the Grimes Community Center from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Reservations are required by 1:00 p.m. one-day in advance for the next day’s meal. Residents are urged to please call 515-986-5747 to reserve a lunch, which can be picked up at the North Entrance to the building.

As always, it is import to practice healthy habits

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, or as long as it takes you to sing Happy Birthday or the ABCs twice
  • When unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others


  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home and do not go out in public when you are sick
  • Avoid medical settings unless necessary
  • Give six-feet of space from others
  • Avoid shaking someone’s hand
  • Practice excellent personal hygiene habits
  • Work in ways that minimize close contact with people
  • Encourage telecommuting

The Iowa Department of Public Health is updating the number of Iowans being monitored and tested for COVID-19 each day, Monday through Friday. Visit their website for COVID-19 numbers:

For updated information and resources, please visit the links below.

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