COVID-19 General Overview

Prevention & Response

Linn County’s highest priority is the health and well-being of our community. Linn County Public Health, a department within Linn County government, is working closely with Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local public officials and private partners to plan for prevention, response, and recovery to the global outbreak of COVID-19.

Three Cs


BASIC PREVENTION MEASURES, regardless of vaccination status, should be continued to help control the spread of illness. This includes covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, and staying home when ill.

VACCINES ARE EFFECTIVE at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some activities they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. For more CDC guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, click here.


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For now, if you've been fully vaccinated: 
  • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
  • If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
  • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.