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 May 15. 
  • AGWSR Schools will be closed through the end of the academic year. The district has established a plan to provide food for families who need it. Find more information about the program here, here or here.
  • Alden United Methodist Church worship and activities have been postponed indefinitely.
  • The Iowa Falls American Legion steak fry has been cancelled for Thursday, April 23.
  • 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. For the next two weeks (as of 4/28/20), or longer, they are maintaining their livestream only worship service.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • GNB Bank will close access to all of its bank lobbies beginning Tuesday, March 17. Drive-through, ATMs and night drops will still be accessible. Employees will still be accessible via phone or email.
  • Green Belt Bank and Trust will close its lobbies to the public until further notice. All bank drive-through locations and Iowa Falls Motor Bank will remain open with regular business hours. 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 May 2 breakfast.
  • 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 ill still be held.
  • Iowa Falls and Alden schools  will be closed through the end of the academic year.
  • Iowa Falls 1st United Methodist Church is suspending all worship and activities in the building until further notice. 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. At the earliest, public worship would resume May 31, otherwise they're staying with our quarantined schedule. 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. 
  • 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. 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.
  • The Metropolitan Opera House is closed, in compliance with a declaration by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.
  • 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.
  • Senior Citizen cards at The Moose on Tuesdays has been canceled until further notice.
  • 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 Ridge Rifle Club annual meeting scheduled for April 18th has been postponed to a later date.
  • 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 the end of the academic year. The school is also offering food to families in need. Find more information about that program here or here.
  • St Paul Lutheran Church of Alden will have Sunday service at 10AM.

  • 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. 4/29/20 Update: For Sunday, 5/2, the church is currently working on seating in the sanctuary with social distancing and how many they can fit. They’re wanting to contact half of their church and ask them to come to first service, example A-M alphabetically then the other half to second service. They will make all the recommended precautions via the CDC as well.
  • 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
  • St. Peter's UCC, in rural Geneva, will remain closed through May 17. On May 24, Memorial Sunday, they are hoping to have a short outdoor service at the cemetery at 10:00. They are tentatively planning to resume regular worship services on May 31 at 9:30. The church council will continue to monitor the situation and reassess their opening date if needed.They do not have a pastor at this time, but are sending out (emailing and mailing) a weekly worship newsletter to members to assist with their at-home worship.

  • 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.

  • Wood Vision Clinic will be closing its offices to routine care starting Monday, March 23. Doctors will be available for urgent care and emergencies.

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