Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for May 18: Linn County Sheriff's Office plans to resume foreclosures, evictions next week

Lawrence and Debra Mead of Burlington hug their daughter, Emily, after surprising her with a visit to the University of
Lawrence and Debra Mead of Burlington hug their daughter, Emily, after surprising her with a visit to the University of Iowa campus on her graduation day in Iowa City on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Emily Mead watched her virtual graduation at 9 a.m. and was taking graduation photos with a friend when her mom called to surprise her saying they were there to see her. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

1:33 p.m. Linn County Sheriff’s Office planning to resume foreclosures, evictions next week

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Linn County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that it plans to resume foreclosure sales and evictions next week.

In a release, the Sheriff’s Office said, “Operating under the assumption that Governor Kim Reynolds will not be extending her emergency proclamations halting most foreclosure sales and evictions, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office is planning to resume these court-ordered processes on Wednesday, May 27th.”

In mid March, Gov. Reynolds halted most home evictions around the state. The temporary change went into effect under a state public health emergency declaration that expires 11:59 p.m. on May 27, 2020.

The Sheriff’s release also said to ensure social distancing, foreclosure sales will be held outside its front entrance, which is located at 310 2nd Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids. A list of scheduled foreclosure sales is located on our website at

4:12 p.m. Curbside holds pickup for Cedar Rapids-area libraries Begins May 22

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Metro Library Network, comprising the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Public Libraries, will begin offering low or no-contact curbside hold pickup of library materials beginning Friday, the organization said in a release Monday.

All metro libraries are currently closed to the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. All library programs and events, both public and private, have been cancelled through June 16. Due dates on library materials have been moved to June 16, 2020.

At this time, book drops and materials returns are not open and patrons are asked to keep materials until further notice. Additional time is needed to implement public health recommendations for material sanitation and quarantine.

“Our libraries have been working behind the scenes to prepare to provide curbside hold pickups so that our patrons can one again access library materials,” Jeaneal Weeks, Hiawatha Public Library Director, said in the news release. “Safety of our staff and patrons is always our number one priority and we are now confident in our process and knowledge to be able to offer this service.”


All library materials distributed have either undergone a quarantine period or been disinfected to help prevent possible exposure of germs. Library staff have also established low or no-contact delivery methods for materials at each location to additionally reduce the risk of exposure.

“Our community is in need of these materials while they are staying safely at home as much as if not more than when they were able to come into our buildings,” said Hollie Trenary, Marion Public Library Director. “We have been working diligently to provide access to our digital resources but for many of our patrons there is no replacement for physical materials.”

Each Metro Library has individual hours of operation and process for this resource:

Cedar Rapids Public Library

Holds Pick-Up Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9:30 am – 7 pm

Friday-Saturday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

— When notified your hold is available, please visit the Library and call 319.261.7323 for instructions.

Hiawatha Public Library

Holds Pick-Up Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 10 am – 7:30 pm

Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm

— You will be notified when your hold is available. Once notified please call 319-393-1414 for further instructions.

Marion Public Library

Holds Pick-Up Hours:

Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm

Fridays 9am-5pm

Closed Sat & Sun

— When notified your hold is available, please visit the Library and call 319.377.3412 for instructions.

“We continue to monitor the situation and plan for a gradual and thoughtful reopening of our public libraries,” said Dara Schmidt, Cedar Rapids Public Library Director. “Our libraries are critical community resources and we look forward to being able to provide services to all of our patrons.”

In addition to the opportunity to access physical materials through curbside hold pickup, fines have been waived for all library materials.

“We had a plan to cancel all library fines as of July 1, 2020, based on research and budget discussions,” said Schmidt. “This pandemic has caused us change that start date to ensure our community has no barriers to accessing our materials and services.”


Details on going fine free can be found here.

Library staff continue to provide service online and on the phone during operating hours with the exception of Sundays. Additionally, programs are being offered virtually through the Library’s social media channels. The public is invited to use these resources daily for updated content.

10:52 a.m. Cedar Rapids Kennedy will try to host live graduation at Kingston Stadium

CEDAR RAPIDS — According to its Facebook page, Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School will attempt a live graduation at Kingston Stadium on July 11.

The Facebook post said this: “We have received permission to attempt to hold a live Kennedy Graduation Ceremony, if health restrictions permit, on July 11 at Kingston Stadium. The decision will be final on July 1 and if we cannot hold it on this date we will not reschedule. Time is TBD. We will work hard to make this happen!”

Stay tuned on July 1, Kennedy community.

9:50 a.m. No Seinfeld for Cedar Rapids, Paramount .... for now

CEDAR RAPIDS — Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th at the Paramount Theatre, has been postponed, the Paramount released on its website Monday.

The venue and tour management are working together to determine a new date and further information will be communicated as it becomes available.

Ticket holders are in the process of being notified and should hold onto their original tickets as they will be valid for the new date.

Guests should contact the Paramount Theatre ticket office with questions. Please note, we are currently experiencing higher than normal call volumes and patience is appreciated. Guests are encouraged to check the Paramount Theatre Facebook page and for current updates on events.

11:02 a.m. Pork Tornadoes rescheduled at McGrath Ampitheater

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Pork Tornadoes concert, originally scheduled for Friday, June 19th at the McGrath Amphitheatre, has been rescheduled for Friday, September 25th at the McGrath Amphitheatre, VenuWorks of Cedar Rapids announced Monday.

Those with tickets to the original date should hold on to their original tickets and they will be valid for the new date — no other action is needed.


Guests should contact the U.S. Cellular Center ticket office with questions. Guests are encouraged to check the McGrath Amphitheatre Facebook page and for current updates on events.

11:24 a.m. Iowa City parking rates returned Monday

IOWA CITY — Monday was the first day for the return of parking regulations in Iowa City.

Starting Monday, Iowa City resumed charging hourly rates for parking in City parking decks, as well as metered parking.

Since March, the City has waived hourly fees for parking in its parking decks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of most downtown businesses. In response to the reopening of businesses, the City will return to normal parking operations.

Normal rates for parking decks will return at 7 a.m. Monday. Any vehicles that have been parked overnight in parking decks should be removed immediately to avoid accruing parking fees.

The City will maintain the on-street parking spaces designated for picking up to-go orders or items from various restaurants or businesses through the summer.

Citizens are encouraged to download and use the Passport App as a fast, touch-less, and cash-free way to pay for parking at all on-street metered spaces and in the Chauncey Swan and Harrison Street parking facilities.

For the gated parking decks, we encourage the public to use credit cards and pay using the automated equipment to reduce person-to-person transactions. Parking facilities and equipment continue to be disinfected daily.

For more information on metered parking and parking facility rates, visit

11:48 a.m. Memorial Day hours for Johnson County offices

JOHNSON COUNTY — Most Johnson County governmental offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020, in observance of Memorial Day.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, County facilities have been closed to the public since 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, and will continue to be closed through 7:30 a.m. on Monday, June 8.

Johnson County continues to provide County services. Many Johnson County services are available online, by phone, or through mail or email. Contact information for all County

departments and offices are available on the Johnson County website at

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