COVID-19 Updates from Governor Reynolds

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation extends regulatory relief allowing bars and restaurants to provide carry-out or delivery of alcoholic beverages until April 7, 2020. It also authorizes the sale of mixed drinks and cocktails for carry-out or delivery through April 7, 2020.

The proclamation also provides county hospitals greater borrowing flexibility, permits electronic corporate annual meetings, and eases certification requirements for law enforcement officers.

State of Iowa – Governor’s Update – March 25, 2020

State of Iowa – Governor’s Update – March 24, 2020

State of Iowa – Governor’s Update – March 23, 2020

State of Iowa – Governor’s Update – March 20, 2020

City of Rock Rapids COVID-19 Response – March 13

Dear Residents,

In continuing to prioritize the health and safety of all Rock Rapids community members, the City of Rock Rapids in collaboration with Health Services of Lyon County in an effort to prevent the spread of all illnesses in community gatherings, are going to establish social distancing practices for non-essential community events for the next two weeks.  We will continue to work closely with public health to evaluate when non-essential activities will resume.

The City of Rock Rapids and Health Services of Lyon County wants to remind community residents you can protect yourselves from COVID-19 and other illnesses by:

1. Staying home if you are ill and avoid community gatherings.  Older adults and those with chronic health conditions should stay away from others who are sick, by avoiding crowds and limiting close contact with others.

2. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Use an alcohol-based sanitizer as an alternative

3. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, in addition to avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

For additional information about COVID-19:

Call 211: to speak with public health officials about questions or concerns
General Information from the CDC:
Frequently Asked Questions:

We are grateful to have open lines of communication between the City of Rock Rapids and Health Services of Lyon County to ensure we are updated on the latest information and can plan in the best interest of our community.  While there is a level of uncertainty with the timing and severity of the spread of COVID-19, please trust that we are fully engaged in our planning, monitoring, and response in consultation with public health officials.


Jason Chase, Mayor

Jordan Kordahl, City Administrator