Cedar Rapids Residents Asked to Practice Social Distancing


For more information, contact:

Maria Johnson

Communications Division Manager

City of Cedar Rapids

Mobile: (319) 270-0647

Office: (319) 286-5055

ma.johnson@cedar-rapids.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 13, 2020

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – (March 13, 2020) City of Cedar Rapids Officials are encouraging residents to closely monitor current reports related to COVID-19 and to make responsible, personal decisions to avoid becoming ill or spreading illness to others. One important practice recommended by the World Health Organization includes personal “social distancing” to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

Social distancing measures are taken to restrict when and where people can gather to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. Social distancing measures can include limiting large groups of people coming together, including canceling events. Many local and regional educational institutions, special events, and businesses are announcing efforts to encourage social distancing and advise patrons on staying home when they are ill.

“We’re encouraging all Cedar Rapids residents, especially our senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions, to think carefully about attending events and large gatherings,” said Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart.

“The safety and well-being of residents is our top priority,” said Cedar Rapids City Manager Jeff Pomeranz. “I encourage residents to make good decisions to help prevent spread of the virus in our community.”

Based on current information, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Linn County. Local officials continue to work with public health officials and local healthcare providers and will inform the public as conditions evolve.