A sign at the entrance to Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls asks patients and guests who are exhibiting symptoms of novel coronavirus COVID-19 to ask the greeter for a mask, cover their cough and wash their hands.

As novel coronavirus COVID-19 spreads throughout the U.S. and Iowa, events are being canceled or postponed, and access to some public places is changing. The Times Citizen will update this list as announcements are made. If you'd like to add an announcement, contact the newsroom at 641-648-2521, or email editor@iafalls.com.

  • Access Inc. of Hampton will be closed until April 7.
  • Ackley United Methodist Church will not hold services until at least April 5.
  • AGWSR Schools will be closed through Sunday, April 12. Find more information about the closure here. The district has established a plan to provide food for families who need it. Find more information about the program here, here or here.
  • The Easter Egg Hunt hosted by AGWSR High School FCCLA canceled for April 11.
  • The Alden Public Library is closed until Monday, April 13. All library programming is canceled through April 10.
  • Alden United Methodist Church will have no activities through Palm Sunday April 5. And a Ham Ball Dinner scheduled for Sunday, April 19 has been postponed. Holy Week Meditations at the Cross scheduled Mon Apr 6 through Fri Apr 10 has been canceled.
  • The Barlow Memorial Library in Iowa Falls will close to the public on Tuesday, March 17, and remain closed until further notice - at least one month. All programming and meeting room reservations have been suspended through the end of April. Public WiFi will be available near the building in the parking lot during the day until 10 p.m. so patrons can access the internet. Staff will be at the library Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to renew materials and answer questions via phone. Materials can be dropped off in the book drop (to the left of the front door). There will be no fines assessed on materials during the closure. Learn how to check e-books out on Bridges here.
  • Bethany Lutheran Church in Iowa Falls has postponed all Bible studies, circles and non-essential meetings until a later date. All Wednesday night Lenten activities are canceled until further notice. That includes confirmation, Purpose Driven Life video and book study. Saturday night worship service and Sunday School is canceled. Only those people who are needed for live-streaming are asked to go to worship at 9 a.m. on Sundays. All others should stay home and worship online. Find more information on the church's Facebook page.
  • Calkins Nature Area closed at noon on Tuesday, March 17, and will remain closed through March 31. Outdoor trails and animal exhibits will remain open.
  • Campbell Supply Co. has canceled their 2020 Trade Show Open House scheduled for Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27. Campbell Supply Co. has closed their door for walk in trade.  They are still here to serve their customers but ask that you call your orders in or email ahead.  They will provide curb side service.
  • Cedar Ridge cards are canceled for April 1st.
  • Cash for Cans  will be open for the following times: Monday-Saturday 8 AM to 1 PM. They will be closed on Sunday's.
  • Masses and events at the Franklin-Hardin Catholic churches are canceled until further notice. Those churches include St. Mary in Ackley, St. Mary in Eldora, St. Patrick in Hampton and St. Mark in Iowa Falls. More information can be found on the churches' website. Fr. Kevin Earleywine's message along with the statement from Archbishop Jackels can be found on our website: www.FranklinHardinCatholic.org.  In an effort to keep us connected with our faith, and specifically with our linkage faith community, Fr. Kevin is working out a way to live stream the private Masses that he will be offering daily. This link will provide more information on how to live stream or view those Masses online: www.franklinhardincatholic.org/livestream-view-mass/. We will update our linkage website www.FranklinHardinCatholic.org with other information as it becomes available.
  • The Dale Howard Family Activity Center is closed to the community at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 16 and will remain closed until further notice.
  • The Easter Egg Hunt in Iowa Falls (sponsored by Chamber/Main Street), which was scheduled for Saturday, April 11, has been canceled.
  • Eldora Children's Center will be closed from Monday, March 23 through Sunday, April 12. Families will not be charged for the time the center is closed. Updates will be communicated to families and local media. For more information contact Director Kendra Kendall by email at eccdirector@southhardin.org.
  • Eldora City Hall is closed to foot traffic, effective March 17. The office will remain open to phone and email. The drop box in the alley can be used for any payments. The Sump Pump meeting that was scheduled for March 28 has been canceled, as have any scheduled sump pump inspections. City council and committee meetings will be held electronically until further notice. For more information call City Hall at 641-939-2393.
  • The Eldora Public Library will close to the public on Tuesday, March 17, and remain closed until further notice - at least one month. All programming and meeting room reservations have been suspended through the end of April. Staff will be at the library Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to renew materials and answer questions via phone. Materials can be dropped off in the book drop (to the left of the front door). There will be no fines assessed on materials during the closure.
  • Eldora Veterinary Care will go to curbside service only effective immediately.
  • Faith and Four Letter Words, a program that was to be sponsored by the Ellsworth College Foundation and Iowa Falls Chamber/Main Street on April 4 has been postponed. A make-up date has not yet been set.
  • Gateway Insurance will be closed to the public until further notice beginning March 17. The company will still answer phones, emails and check their payment drop box. Call 641-648-4275 for more information.
  • Geneva has cancelled their Easter Egg hunt scheduled for April 4.
  • GNB Bank will close access to all of its bank lobbies beginning Tuesday, March 17. Drive-throughs, ATMs and night drops will still be accessible. Employees will still be accessible via phone or email.
  • Grand Theatre in Eldora will be closed until March 31.
  • Green Belt Bank and Trust will close its lobbies to the public until March 31. All bank drive-through locations and Iowa Falls Motor Bank will remain open with regular business hours. Find more information about the closure here.
  • Hampton-Dumont-Cal Schools will be closed through Sunday, April 12. Find more information about the closure here.
  • The Hardin County Board of Supervisors has closed all Hardin County buildings to the public effective, Wednesday, March 18, at 12PM. All business interactions are being conducted through mail, email, and by phone whenever possible. If an in-person appointment is necessary, please call 641-939-8108, and they will assist you. If you arrive without an appointment, your time may be delayed. Hardin County is actively doing its part to stop the spread. They are committed to the health of the public and their employees. This action is until further notice and the Governor of Iowa ends the Declaration of Emergency.
  • The Hardin County Farm Museum has canceled its pancake breakfast that was scheduled for Saturday, April 4.
  • The Hardin County School Personnel will not meet in April.
  • Public access to Iowa Falls City Hall will be limited to employees only beginning Friday. Payments can be deposited in the drop box on the front of the building, and other business can be conducted by email (janderson@cityofiowafalls.com) or phone (641-648-2527). Find contact information on the city website here. Public meetings, like the City Council meeting on March 16, will still be held.
  • The Hub salon in Iowa Falls will be closed until April April 1.
  • Iowa Falls and Alden schools will be closed until Monday, April 13. Find more information about the closure here.
  • The Iowa Falls-Alden High School band trip to St. Louis has been canceled. Find more information about the cancellation here.
  • The Iowa Falls American Legion Hyman-PeaveyPost has canceled the Steak Fry that was scheduled for Thursday, March 26.
  • The Iowa Falls Elks Lodge will temporarily cease bar and restaurant operations until April 1. All March activities have also been canceled.
  • Iowa Falls 1st United Methodist Church is suspending all activities until April 6. They plan to present worship with essential personnel through the local cable channel 15 on Sunday at 10:30, live streaming on Facebook at 9am, later to be posted on YouTube, and their sermon blog on their website. They will continue to reach out to our congregation through email, phone, and Facebook. 
  • Iowa Falls State Bank will close its lobby to the public on Thursday, March 19. Banking services will continue to be provided through the motor bank. Find more information about the closure here.
  • The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors is postponing the following meetings/retreat to dates to be determined.  We will let you know as soon as possible when these meetings/retreat are rescheduled. Joint Board Meeting with NIACC, HCC and AEA267 Boards – April 6, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.Regular Board Meeting – April 8, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. in Iowa Falls
  • The ISU Extension Office in Iowa Falls will continue to staff its office Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM -4:30 PM. The office is closed from Noon to 12:30 PM daily. The office lobby will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18, through Monday, April 6. Phone calls and emails are still welcome. Staff will be flexing work hours to accommodate working remotely as needed. If you would like to contact the office, please call (641) 648-4850 or email xhardin@iastate.edu.
  • A pro-life event that was scheduled to be held at the Lighthouse Center of Hope March 28-29 has been canceled. A new date has not yet been announced.
  • The Metropolitan Opera House is closed, in compliance with a declaration by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.
  • MICA’s Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms will be closing until April 13th.
  • Starting on 3/19 MICA’s family development center (637 S. Oak St, Iowa Falls) they will be closed to the public until further notice. Families can still access services by calling 641-648-5036. They will still be doing energy assistance, crisis assistance, and other services remotely. Families can access emergency food packages by calling and requesting ahead of time and they will deliver to them curbside.
  • Any young women who were planning to apply to participate in the Miss Iowa Falls contest this summer are invited to email Jean Lindsay to arrange to pick up an application. She can be reached at LindsaysPhoto@yahoo.com. The deadline is March 31.
  • Senior Citizen cards at The Moose on Tuesdays has been canceled until further notice.
  • National Weather Service Spotter Training that was scheduled to be held April 13 in Eldora has been canceled.
  • The National Weather Service is canceling Iowa's 2020 tornado drill originally scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25. 
  • The National Junior College Athletic Association has canceled all spring competition and championships for 2020. This includes Ellsworth Community College baseball, softball and spring football. Find a story about the cancellation here.
  • Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging will close its senior centers and meal sites starting Tuesday, March 17, until further notice. Individuals who attend the sites are being contacted and given the option of a home delivered meal. For more information about meals, transportation tickets or other NEI3A services, call 800-779-8707. More volunteers will be needed to deliver meals to senior citizens.
  • The Hardin County Democrats' Pints and Politics gatherings, which are held the first Sunday of every month, are suspended until further notice.
  • The Pine Lake Food Shelf will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 1:30pm to 4:00pm, only. (subject to change) No appointment necessary. Located at 1201 14th Ave, back (south door). Please bring an ID. Services for residences of Eldora, New Providence and Steamboat Rock only. They also welcome donations during the same hours.
  • The Ruth Project will not have meat distribution at the fire station on Friday, March 20 or in April.
  • Salvo Fitness Center in Eldora has been closed until further notice. The physical therapy area is still open.
  • South Hardin schools (in the Eldora-New Providence and Hubbard-Radcliffe school districts) will be closed through Sunday, April 12. Find more information about the closure here. The school is also offering food to families in need. Find more information about that program here or here.
  • Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Eldora has canceled all Wednesday and Sunday services for two weeks. This includes services for March 18, 22, 25, and 29.
  • Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Alden and Buckeye has canceled for the next two Sundays on March 22 and 29.
  • St. Peter's UCC in rural Geneva has cancelled Sunday service for March 29.
  • Steamboat Rock Church is planning to do their own video broadcast of a pre-recorded service every Sunday morning at 10:00am until the COVID-19 closure is over. The best way for people to view would be to go to their Facebook Page at fb.me/Steamboatbaptist. They will have instructions posted with a link to go directly to their service from there. If users do not have Facebook, they can view their sermon on the homepage of their website at www.steamboatbaptist.org by 5 p.m. each Sunday.
  • Steamboat Rock Baptist Church is volunteering to help elderly and high risk people in the area who should not be leaving their homes at this time. They would help with picking up groceries, prescriptions, helping with online purchases, etc. Below are the people to reach out to:
    • Ackley: Calen Holman 319-621-0893
    • Eldora: Jill Stanish 641-939-5846
    • Iowa Falls: Lucas Smith 515-689-8855
    • Steamboat Rock: Sandy Trampe 641-640-5512
    • Wellsburg: JR Kennedy 319-230-4189
  • The Times Citizen newspaper office in downtown Iowa Falls (406 Stevens St.) will be closed to the public beginning March 17. The office is reachable by phone at 641-648-2521, or email at editor@iafalls.com. Copies of the Advertiser will be available outside the main door. Copies of the Times Citizen can be purchased at locations throughout the county or found online.
  • The Easter Egg hunt hosted by the Wellsburg Community Club is canceled for April 4.
  • Wood Vision Clinic will be closing its offices to routine care starting Monday, March 23, until at least March 31. Offices will be open to pick up glasses and contacts through March 25. Doctors will be available for urgent care and emergencies.

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