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Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for June 2: C.R. Parks & Recreation announce launch of Rollin' Recmobile

Gowns and face shields hang on the wall between isolation wards for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases at Cottage Gr
Gowns and face shields hang on the wall between isolation wards for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases at Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids on Friday, May 29, 2020. Staff changed PPE when moving between the two areas. The center has had no new cases of COVID-19 since the end of April, and credits its success at stemming the outbreak to measures including establishing an isolation ward in the skilled nursing facility and dedicated staff working in the wing. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
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2:45 p.m. Mobile Crisis Outreach Resumes In-Person ServiceS

Foundation 2’s Mobile Crisis Outreach program will resume on-site mental health services Wednesday after being online only during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We see many people experiencing difficulty during the pandemic, including concerns about health and safety, social isolation, job loss, and more,” said Sarah Nelson, Foundation 2 chief operating officer. “Our goal is always to be able to provide the best form of support for all people, and resuming on-site crisis services is a big part of that.” The Mobile Crisis Outreach provides in-person crisis intervention services, including in the home, at places of employment and in public settings. While on site, trained crisis counselors assess an individual’s safety or well being, attempt to stabilize and diffuse the crisis, provide counseling as needed, and provide referrals for continued care.

To increase safety for staff and clients, social distancing guidelines will be observed as possible. Foundation 2 is currently seeking donations of cloth and disposable masks, sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer for MCO and other services.

“The ultimate goal would be to be able to offer a mask to every client we serve in-person in the coming months,” Nelson said. “We want every person to feel comfortable having in-person services during a crisis and want to provide that additional support.”

Masks and cleaning supplies can be mailed to Foundation 2, 1714 Johnson Ave NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405, or dropped off at the site from 12-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday through June 30.

MCO serves residents of all ages in Linn, Benton, Jones, Delaware, Bremer, Buchanan, Cedar, Jackson, Clinton, Scott, and Muscatine counties. Foundation 2 has provided crisis intervention and suicide prevention services since 1970. Our mission is to be a trusted support when life gets tough. All people. Any time. Every time. To learn more, visit foundation2.org.

1:10 p.m. UIHC Updates Visitor Guidelines

University of Iowa Health Care has updated guidelines for visitors, beginning Tuesday.

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The new measures include allowing one additional visitor for some patients. All visitors are required to wear a face covering at all times while in a UIHC facility.

For adult inpatients, surgical and procedural patients, one visitor/support person will be allowed per day. Visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pedriatic inpatients, surgical and procedural patients are allow two parents/legal guardians as visitors. Pedriatic patients hospitalized with COVID-19 will be allowed one parent/legal guardian visitor per day.

The guidelines have not changed for outpatient and emergency room areas in order to keep social distancing measures. They remain as follows:

• Adult outpatient clinics, including offsite locations and UI QuickCare and UI Urgent Care walk-in clinics: Adult patients are asked to attend their appointment on their own. Exceptions may be granted to allow an adult visitor/support person when necessary for patient’s care during the appointment.

• Pediatric outpatient clinics: One parent or legal guardian may accompany the child to the appointment.

• Emergency Department and Labor and Delivery Unit: One visitor/support person per patient.

1 p.m. ImOn Ice Closed Through Late September For Upgrades

The City of Cedar Rapids is extending the closure of ImOn Ice Arena through late September because the arena is beginning a planned renovation project.

The venue was originally closed to the public in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Planned renovations at the venue will replace HVAC equipment original to the venue built in 2000, including rooftop heating/air conditioning units, dehumidification systems, chillers, LED lighting upgrades, and ice surface brine pumps. The projected is estimated to cost $2.86 million.

“The health and safety of our guests and employees remains the number one priority,” said Michael Silva, executive director of VenuWorks (which manages the arena). “Our staff is working hard behind the scenes to prepare for when our venues are permitted to reopen to the public, and we will be implementing several new safety measures following guidelines outlined by public health officials.”

10:47 a.m. C.R. City Council Announces “Lift Up Local” Restaurant Promotion

Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart and members of the Cedar Rapids City Council are giving away 150 $25 Visa gift cards as part of their new “Lift Up Local” restaurant promotion.

For the chance to win a gift card, Linn County residents must spend at least $25 at Cedar Rapids restaurants between June 2 and June 22, and e-mail a photo of their receipt(s) to LiftUpLocal@cedar-rapids.org, along with their name and address. Winners will be chosen at random.

“Local businesses are struggling, and we want to do everything we can to support them and encourage residents to support them as well,” said Hart. “We hope winners will use their gift card to help pay for their next meal out at a local restaurant or visit to any Cedar Rapids business.”

The Lift Up Local promotion is funded by Hart and members of the Cedar Rapids City Council, with matching funds donated by Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust.

Entries can also be mailed to: City Hall, Attn Mayor Hart, 101 First Street SE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401. Entries must be received or postmarked by 11:59 pm on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Gift cards will be mailed to 150 random winners by July 10, 2020.

9 a.m. Treasury Responds To Complaints From Iowans About Stimulus Prepaid Debit Cards

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office said in a release it expects several issues regarding Economic Impact Payment debit cards to be resolved.

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Nearly four million American received their stimulus payments by prepaid debit card instead of by paper check or direct deposit, which caused confusion, with the Attorney General’s Office saying it received questions and concerns from 200 Iowans about potential fraud, customer service, access, fees and other issues with the cards.

“While we appreciate that prepaid debit cards are secure, we are concerned that this confusion could be exploited by scammers and result in financial harm to those an Economic Impact Payment was intended to help,” Attorney General Tom Miller said. “We’re pleased that the U.S. Treasury is addressing our concerns.”

Many consumers believed their card to be fraudulent or a solicitation and discarded it. They later had difficulty getting a new card without the card number.

The U.S. Treasury has waived the $7.50 replacement fee for the first replaced card, and it has changed the phone system to help recipients reach a live customer service representative. Consumers should call 800-240-8100, press “2” when prompted to report a lost or stolen card, and enter the last six digits of their Social Security number.

Representatives from the offices of the Iowa and Nebraska attorneys general and the National Association of Attorneys General spoke with U.S. Treasury officials Monday. The Treasury officials said they have taken the following measures:

— Increased the daily limit for cash withdrawals from $1,000 to $2,500, which should cover most consumers;

— Allowed recipients to transfer all of the money from their EIP card to a bank account for free;

— Verified that cards issued with an incorrect last name (such as a spouse’s name) are still valid.

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The Treasury officials said they will work with MetaBank to update the EPIcard.com website to address the above issues. They also promised to answer any further questions from attorneys general in a timely manner.

The Treasury indicated that nearly all of the cards have been mailed.

8:50 a.m. C.R. Parks and Recreation Announce “Rollin’ Recmobile”

Though the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has decided to cancel youth programs scheduled for June, it is announcing the launch of the Rollin’ Recmobile, which it labels a mobile recreation program that will bring recreational opportunities to neighborhoods.

It is tentatively scheduled to launch 22.

The Rollin’ Recmobile will operate six days a week and visit two to three parks each day. It will “provide flexibility to offer youth recreation activities while following health guidelines for COVID-19.” During the initial phase, families will be able to pick up projects and activities to do together in the park or at home.

As social distancing requirements ease, participants will gather in small groups for activities a safe distance apart. Finally, when safe to do so, the program will provide large group recreation including sports games, fitness classes, reading opportunities, displaying animals from Old MacDonald’s Farm, and more.

The Rollin’ Recmobile will stop at Bever, Cedar Valley, Cherry Hill, Cleveland, Daniels, Hayes, Hidder, Greene Square, Jacolyn, Jones, Noelridge, Redmond, and Time Check Parks. Each of the thirteen park stops will include free food options and an opportunity to use free WIFI from the van.

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