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Posted on: April 3, 2020

City of Solon COVID-19 Update 5-22-20

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Reopening City Facilities

 As June approaches, we have a phase one plan for reopening City buildings, facilities and parks including City Hall, Library and Recreation - OPEN SOLON plan.  Check back here for the latest updates and re-opening information. Thank you Solon!

The City of Solon 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. 


                                                                                  COVID-19 FAQ

Frequently Asked questions to City Hall, Recreation Department and Solon Public Library - FAQ’s


Iowa COVID-19 Information and Test Information

The State of Iowa has launched a new COVID-19 website at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

The State of Iowa has also launch a new TestIowa.com website


Solon Beef Days 

At this time no decisions have been made about Solon Beef Days.  The Beef Days Committee will make decisions based on the Governor’s COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations.  Please watch the Beef Days website for upcoming information  https://beefdays.com/solon-beef-days-information/


Support Local Restaurants & Businesses

While practicing social distancing and preventative hygiene, support local businesses and restaurants: many have take-out, curbside, or delivery options, and gift certificates to use now or later.

Salt Fork Kitchen

Red Vespa

Big Grove

Solon American Legion Patriots Grill  and more

Eastwoods

Fridas

We are happy to add your local business here if you let us know soloncityhall@solon-iowa.com

Please continue to support our local restaurants that are offering carryout and curbside service.


Ward Counseling Services Offers Free Telehealth

Offering free telehealth counseling to folks who are uninsured and/or unable to pay for services out of pocket right now. Email troy@wardcounselingservices.com  or call 319-389-1514.  

 

Business Assistance:

Governor Reynolds Small Business Relief Program Information: https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/our-agency-detail-resources/6710 

US Small Business Administration Assistance for COVID-19  Information  here.


City Updates

Solon Emergency Notification System

To receive Emergency alert notifications through text message, simply text the word SOLON to 888777. To receive notification via home phone or email, please use the alert sign up box on the City of Solon website home page http://solon-iowa.com/

City Hall

The City continues to provide essential services, while taking precautions to protect employee and citizen health. City Hall is closed to the public. However, staff remains available via email at soloncityhall@solon-iowa.com  or if necessary, by phone at 319-624-3755.

Water payments can be completed via www.solon-iowa.com.

Utility bills can be paid online, over the phone or through the drop boxes located at Bridge Community Bank (drive-up), Sam’s Main Street Market (inside) and at City Hall parking lot.

Solon Community Center

Recreational programming will continue to be suspended while the Community Center is closed.  Recreation Director Tom Harder is available by email at tom.harder@solon-iowa.com.  Watch for program updates on Solon Park & Recreation Facebook page. 

Solon Public Library

Follow us on social media as we’ll continue to post resources for families to enjoy at home.

Visit our website www.solon.lib.ia.us for access to our (always free) online resources and use Bridges to download eBooks and eAudiobooks.

If you have questions or need assistance: we are available by phone, 319-624-2678 or email: staff@solon.lib.ia.us.

Public Meetings Proceed

At this time, all public meetings are scheduled to proceed electronically. City Council meetings can be viewed live and a link will be posted at www.solon-iowa.com. Persons with comments can also come to the City Council Chambers at 101 N. Iowa Street, where electronic access will be provided. Social distancing will be required.

Park Trails Remain Open

Solon trails remain open, but playgrounds are closed. Restrooms are not available.

Public Works

In these unsure times Everyone needs to stick together and help each other! Please help our Public Works out by please not flushing anything down a toilet except Toilet Paper. No Wipes - even if they say flushable they most likely are not, No paper towels, feminine products, Q Tips or anything you might think would disintegrate. We want to keep our sewer plant healthy as we want all people to stay healthy!

Solon City Wide Clean Up Day

Clean up day for Solon residents is usually held the second Saturday in June however, due to COVID-19, we have postponed until Aug. 22, 2020.  More information to come as the day gets closer. 


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.


Social Distancing and Tips for General Prevention

The best way to prevent the spread of illness is to avoid being exposed or spreading it to others. To practice social distancing:

  • Stay home.
  • Keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others.
  • Eliminate unnecessary outings in public spaces.
  • Reduce the frequency of important trips outside the home. For example, get groceries once per week, rather than three times a week.
  • Conduct business and communications with those outside your home with virtual meetings, by phone, email, or mail when possible.
  • Use curbside pickup, when available.
  • Do not bring other members of your household on errands and shopping trips unless necessary.
  • Social distancing does not mean limiting yourself to staying in your home. Outdoor spaces, including parks and trails, are a good way to get fresh air, exercise, and de-stress.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If a tissue is not available, cough into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds (especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing).
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Public health experts such as the Iowa Department of Public Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control are the best resources for accurate information about COVID-19.


Solon Community School District Updates

Solon Schools:  See here latest school updates.



Solon Support  Information

Solon Food Pantry

Monday Pantry – Solon Methodist Church 122 N West Street (rear parking lot)

• Hours 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

• Limited food donations during crisis

• Accepting monetary donations

• Drive-up food distribution

• Solon School Families (During COVID-19)

• When - Thursdays 

• Where – Behind High School

• Hours – 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Solon Senior Support Information


Old Gold Dining Senior Meal Delivery 624-2251

When Life Gets Tough, Iowa Concern Can Help https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/ 


United Way of Johnson & Washington County has information on: 

COVID-19 Volunteer opportunities and needs.   https://www.unitedwayjwc.org/covid-19-0 

If you are well and have general questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) call: 211  

Toll-Free: (866) 469-2211

Alternative: (319) 739-4211

UIHC has established a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Helpline. For questions & helpful information, please call 319-384-8819.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, UIHC asks that you please call 319-384-9010 or contact your personal doctor’s office.



 






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