***Updated March 19, 2020: Coralville City Hall will close to the public effective 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2020.***
Original news release:
The City of Coralville is working to address the COVID-19 public health challenge together with local, state, and federal partners. Services continue to the greatest extent possible while working to protect the health of citizens and staff.
Library, Recreation Center, Center for the Performing Arts Close
Based on the most recent recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control, the Coralville Recreation Center, Coralville Public Library, and Coralville Center for Performing Arts will be closed from Tuesday, March 17, through Sunday, April 12. As that date approaches, a decision will be made regarding re-opening. All public and private events scheduled in those facilities are cancelled.
Recreational programming is suspended during that period, as well. Recreation staff will contact all class enrollees or rental patrons regarding options for credits or refunds, and will remain available to respond to questions via phone from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, 319.248.1750.
The Library will continue to provide services, including eMedia materials through OverDrive (Libby), RB Digital, TumbleBooks, and video streaming services through Kanopy. Access to online databases is also available. Individuals needing assistance with eMedia access or delivery of library books and materials in Coralville should call the Library. Due dates will be extended to April 15th, and no fines will be charged on materials at this time. Reference services and virtual programming, including story times and book groups, will also be offered; please check coralvillepubliclibrary.org or follow the Library on social media for details (www.facebook.com/coralvillepubliclibrary on Facebook or @CoralPubLibrary on Twitter). To contact the Library, call 319.248.1850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. During the building closure from March 17 to April 12, Library staff will be available 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday; and noon to 4:00 pm on Sunday for assistance via phone or email.
City Services Continue
The City continues under normal operations to the greatest extent possible, while taking precautions to protect employee and citizen health. Residents are encouraged to conduct city business with reduced interpersonal contact when possible; many payments and other services can be completed via www.coralville.org. Utility bills can be paid online or through the drop box in the City Hall parking lot. Yard waste stickers can be purchased by mail with a check for $25.50 sent to Coralville City Hall; include name and address for returning the sticker. Parking citations can be paid by mail and job applications can be completed online. Please call 319.248.1700 with questions.
Public Meetings Proceed
At this time, all public meetings are scheduled to proceed as planned. City Council meetings and Planning and Zoning meetings can be viewed live and rebroadcast on MediaCom 118-8 or live and on-demand at www.coralville.org/coralvision. Written comments can be sent in advance of the meeting to City Clerk Thor Johnson at email@example.com or 1512 7th Street, Coralville, Iowa 52241.
Parks, Golf Course, Trails, and Transit Remain Open
Brown Deer Golf Club remains open and DIVOTS! Bar and Grill in the Brown Deer Clubhouse will be open for lunch daily from 11 am until 2 pm beginning April 1. Coralville parks, playgrounds, and trails remain open. Coralville Transit operations continue as regularly scheduled.
City Water Is Safe
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. The American Water Works Association notes that EPA encourages the continued use of tap water, as COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water supplies. EPA has established regulations with treatment requirements for public water systems that prevent waterborne pathogens such as viruses from contaminating drinking water and wastewater. COVID-19 is a type of virus that is particularly susceptible to disinfection and standard treatment and disinfectant processes are expected to be effective.
Tips for General Prevention
The following tips are good everyday practice to help prevent the spread of illness, including COVID-19:
Public health experts such as the Iowa Department of Public Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control are the best resource for information about COVID-19.
For more information, visit www.coralville.org/Coronavirus