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 and will update this page with information 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.
- US Department of Agriculture: https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus
- USDA Rural Development: https://www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus
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:
- Call 911
- Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline call 1-800-985-5990 and TTY 1-800-846-8517 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: COVID-19 Resource List
- Child Life Disaster Relief
- ADDS (Alcohol & Drug Dependency Services): 319-753-6567
- COVID Recovery Iowa - Free Counseling & Support for All Iowans (1-844-775-9276)
- YMCA Domestic Violence Shelter: 800-373-1043
- American Psychological Association: Social Distancing
- Southeast Iowa Link Crisis or Help Hotlines
- Northwestern: Strategies for Coping with Isolation and Loneliness
- Salvation Army: Trained Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers will be available to talk, listen, comfort and pray for individuals, families and situations.
- When: Daily, 8 AM - 8 PM Central Time
- Hotline: 877-220-4195
- Multi-lingual hotline for reliable COVID-19 information: 1-877-558-2609
Department of Human Services
- Food Security
- Medicaid/Hawki COVID-19 Information
- Childcare Availability Map
- Temporary Emergency Child Care Application
- Community Action of Southeast Iowa - contact Lisa Nafziger (email@example.com)
- Local Number
- Website: caofseia.org
- 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.
- Salvation Army *pantry services by appointment
- Transitions DMC
- Iowa Department of Human Rights
- Iowa State University Extension & Outreach: Disaster Relief Hotlines
- Domestic Violence Intervention Program- contact Alta Medea-Peters (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 1616 Dill St, Burlington IA
- Local Number: 319-930-2030
- 24/7 Hotline: 800-373-1043
- US Department of Education: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus
- FAFSA (Coronavirus & Forbearance)
- Burlington Community School District Announcements *sign up for alerts
- West Burlington Independent School District Announcements
- Danville Community School District Announcements
- Mediapolis Schools Announcement
Employment & Workers Rights
- University of Iowa Labor Center: Iowa Worker Rights During COVID-19
- U.S. Department of Labor: Employee Rights poster
Energy & Utilities
- Municipal Waterworks
- AlliantEnergy Announcements
- City of Burlington Solid Waste (trash collection)
- Community Action of Southeast Iowa
- Area Recyclers - by appointment only, Darven Kendell (email@example.com) or at 319-753-8126
- FCC Keep Americans Connected Pledge: list of internet/phone companies
- NDIA: List of Free & Low Cost Internet Plans
- PCs for People - low cost personal computer access services
- EveryoneOn - low cost Internet access services
- Medicare & Coronavirus
- University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
- Great River Health (local information)
- Des Moines County Health
- Family Planning Clinic
- Energy and Commerce & Ways and Means Committees: FAQs: Health Care Provisions in H.R. 748, the CARES Act
- NYC Health: Face Coverings Frequently Asked Questions
- CDC: Face Mask Instructions
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Community Action of Southeast Iowa - Qualifier Checklist for Rental Assistance
- Iowa Finance Authority - Eviction & Foreclosure Prevention Program & Iowa Housing Recovery
- Iowa Legal Aid: https://www.iowalegalaid.org/resource/2020-coronavirus-outbreak-what-you-need-to-know
- Iowa State Bar Association: Impact on Court Services & Legal Access
- Iowa Attorney General: COVID-19 Legal Resources
- Iowa Governor’s Press Room
- White House Press Releases
- Office of the Surgeon General Announcements
- Center of Disease Control and Prevention Releases
- World Health Organization Releases
- City of Burlington Website *sign up for COVID-19 alerts
- Des Moines County Website *sign up for alerts
- The State of Iowa 211 hotline is the central resource for questions
- COVID-19 in Iowa
Payments to Individuals
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS): https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
- If you did not file taxes - Non-Filer Payment Information
- Coronavirus Relief Check Information
- Iowa Department of Revenue COVID-19 Information
- AICPA State Tax Filing Guidance
- Ways and Means Committee: Ways and Means Committee FAQ
- Iowa State University Extension & Outreach: Finance Management Assistance
Scams & Hoaxes
- Iowa Department of Health *Facebook posts tagged IDPH Rumor Control
- Food & Drug Administration: Health Fraud
- Federal Communications Commission: Consumer Warnings & Safety Tips
- Federal Trade Commission: Coronavirus Scams & Charity Scams
- Department of Justice: Report Scams Hoarding Price Gouging
- Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency: Email Safety, Phishing Scams,
- Internet Crime Complain Center
- CDC: "Share Facts, Not Fear"
- Iowa Economic Development: https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/businessrecovery
- Small Business Committee: Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
- Greater Burlington Partnership: https://www.greaterburlington.com/covid19
- USDA Food Nutrition Service: https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19
- 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.
- Iowa Department of Transportation: COVID-19 Response
- U.S. Department of Transportation: COVID-19 Resources
- Federal Aviation Administration: COVID-19 Updates
- Southeast Iowa Regional Airport: COVID-19 Updates
- AMTRAK: Coronavirus Updates
- Burlington Trailways: Ticket Information
Iowa Workforce Development: www.IowaWorkforceDevelopment.gov
Veterans Affairs Public Health
- To learn more about opportunities to help at food banks and pantries go to volunteeriowa.org.
- 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 saburlington.org , 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:
- How to Protect Yourself
- Caring for Someone at Home
- Stress & Coping
- Keeping the Workplace Safe
- What To Do If You Are Sick
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.
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.