The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving daily. Please see updates and resources below. The Burlington Public Library is continuing to monitor the latest information related to COVID-19 from the Governor’s Office and the Iowa Department of Health (IDH).

For the information on the current vaccine availability in Des Moines County, follow DMC Public Health.


Anxiety & Coping

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call:

  1. Call 911
  2. Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline call 1-800-985-5990 and TTY 1-800-846-8517 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  3. Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

Department of Human Services 

  • Food Security 
  • Medicaid/Hawki COVID-19 Information
  • Childcare Availability Map 
  • Community Action of Southeast Iowa - contact Lisa Nafziger ( 
    • Local Number
    • Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4:20pm 
  • Meals on Wheels:
    • Meals on Wheels with Milestones Area Agency on Aging is still going. Anyone 60+ who is homebound (this can be temporary due to COVID-19) may enroll by calling 1-855-410-6222. There are no income guidelines. They are doing frozen meals to limit contact and it may be a five meal pack or ten. They also have a no contact delivery for everyone’s protection. This may be a great nutritionally balanced way of getting food to vulnerable seniors. Please encourage those in need to call to enroll! They’re also looking for volunteer drivers.
  • Meals 4 Kids:
    • Eligible schools and organizations across Iowa are providing USDA Child Nutrition Summer Food Program (SFSP) meals now to children 18 and under. Find a summer meal site near you; call 211 or 1-866-3-HUNGRY; or text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877. 
  • Financial Assistance to Families
    • Up to $250 assistance to families (up to 500% poverty level) via phone applications only with costs associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation and telehealth as a result of COVID-19 risk or incidence.
  • Transitions DMC
  • Iowa Department of Human Rights
  • Iowa State University Extension & Outreach: Disaster Relief Hotlines 
  • Domestic Violence Intervention Program- contact Alta Medea-Peters (
    • 1616 Dill St, Burlington IA
    • Local Number: 319-930-2030
    • 24/7 Hotline: 800-373-1043 

Education/Student Loans

Employment & Workers Rights

Energy & Utilities 



Legal Aid 


Payments to Individuals

Scams & Hoaxes

Small Business 

SNAP/Hunger Assistance

  • USDA Food Nutrition Service:
  • House Agriculture Committee: Agricultural House Committee
  • Community Action of Southeast Iowa
  • Free Food for All Children
    • food distribution at both North Hill and BHS(11-1 Mon.-Fri.)
    • *ROUTE ONE - STARTING ON MONDAY APRIL 6th*                                                                                 
      • 10:55-11:15 Timberline Mobile Home Park - Beaverdale                                                                 
      • 11:30-11:50 Used Car Lot (Lennox Ave. - South of Dillion’s BBQ)                                                     
      • 12:30-12:50 Stone Gardens - Community Building Parking Lot                                                                
      • (319)753-9698 Press 2 for food service.


Unemployment/Paid Leave 

Iowa Workforce Development:

Veterans Affairs Public Health


  • Volunteers Needed for Senior Home Delivered Meals:

    * Milestones Area Agency on Aging relies on volunteers to deliver noon meals to seniors in the Burlington/West Burlington area. The need for volunteers has grown as more seniors request home delivered meals due to COVID-19. If you are 18 or older, have a vehicle, drivers license and insurance, we could use your help getting meals out.

    When: Volunteers pick up meals Monday - Friday at the downtown Milestones office and deliver a specific route that takes approximately one hour. 

    Where:  Milestones Area Agency on Aging, 509 Jefferson St, Burlington

    For More Information:  Contact Kelly Ripperger or 319-758-5082

  • Salvation Army Anticipates Spike in Service

    The Salvation Army has stepped up local food assistance operations, entered into collaborative efforts with community partners, and enhanced emergency assistance efforts. With the anticipated spike, the community can help by donating items such as peanut butter, jelly, fruit (canned or snack packs), soup, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, boxed meals, canned vegetables, Ramen noodles, canned meats (tuna or chicken), cereal, instant oatmeal, Nutrigrain bars or granola bars, bread, applesauce, snacks.

    Where: Monetary donations can be given at , or mailed to the Salvation Army, 216 Columbus Dr, Burlington

    For More Information: Call Lt’s Dennis and Kelly Jolly at 319-753-2038

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention provides national COVID-19 data and information on:


Emergency Legislation

The governor signed legislation Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to keep government services running and granting herself expanded powers to mitigate the spread of the virus and ease the disruptions it has caused in daily life. 

Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Health have announced many decisions to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Iowa Department of health has the latest information about the spread of Coronavirus in Iowa. The IDH is currently tracking COVID-19 cases by county


To Keep Yourself Healthy

IDH advises that people follow the usual recommendations for reducing their risk of infection for other illnesses, such as influenza. These recommendations include:

  •  Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and to avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

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