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Polk County Promoted
Polk County will require masks for all staff and visitors in Polk County buildings

Beginning Monday, August 9 Polk County will require masks for all staff and visitors in Polk County buildings

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8/6/2021

Polk County Promoted
Des Moines Water Works Implements Water Shortage Plan

June 14th, Des Moines Water Works will begin implementing Stage 1 of the metro area’s Water Shortage Plan because of drought-induced low river levels and record-breaking customer demand for water.

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6/14/2021

Election News
2021 Polk County City/School Election

2021 Polk County City/School Election

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9/21/2021

COVID-19 Quick Stats
County Sheriff News
COVID-19 Quick Stats

As of 09-20-2021

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9/20/2021

Health Department News
Health Department will NOT start COVID-19 boosters on September 20, 2021

The Polk County Health Department will NOT start providing the community with COVID-19 boosters on Monday, September 20, 2021. The FDA and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have not approved the booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Approval of booster doses is required by BOTH the FDA and ACIP prior to COVID-19 vaccine booster doses being administered.

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9/17/2021

Health Department News
Health Department recommends everyone six months and older to get their annual flu shot

Each year, flu season is unpredictable and severe. Some years, we have seen a mild flu season. Other flu seasons, such as when the H1N1 and H2N3 strains appeared, we saw healthy individuals, those with underlying health conditions, the young and old become sick, hospitalized and even die. The truth is we have no idea what this year’s flu season will look like. What we do know is that it is possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

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9/16/2021

Taxes Due September 30th: Polk County Treasurer Issues Property Tax Statements Ahead of Deadline
County Treasurer News
Taxes Due September 30th: Polk County Treasurer Issues Property Tax Statements Ahead of Deadline

Property tax statements were mailed out to all titleholders in Polk County ahead of the September 30th payment deadline.

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9/14/2021

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks
Polk County News
Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks

We are excited to welcome Sleepy Hollow to Polk County Conservation’s family of parks and trails! Sleepy Hollow is a 76-acre sports and family recreation complex located on the east side of Des Moines. Learn more!

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9/10/2021

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks
Conservation News
Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks

We are excited to welcome Sleepy Hollow to Polk County Conservation’s family of parks and trails! Sleepy Hollow is a 76-acre sports and family recreation complex located on the east side of Des Moines. Learn more!

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9/10/2021

Veteran Affairs News
College GameDay

20th Anniversary of 9/11

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9/9/2021

New Operating Hours for Polk County Senior Centers
Senior Services News
New Operating Hours for Polk County Senior Centers

Full-Time Senior Centers re-open by reservation only.

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9/1/2021

Senior Services News
News You Can Use

Nutrition Education with Seniors

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9/1/2021

Senior Services News
The Senior Bulletin

September 2021

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9/1/2021

Health Department News
New Visitor Restriction Guidelines for All Polk County Hospitals

As we continue to work together to keep our patients, families and healthcare providers safe and healthy, the following new visitor restriction policies have been put in place by all metro hospitals (Broadlawns Medical Center, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and UnityPoint Health – Des Moines).

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8/27/2021

Veteran Affairs News
Mobile Food Pantry-NEW LOCATION

Veterans Mobile Food Pantry

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8/25/2021

Health Department News
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are surging: It is time for our community to step up and do the right thing

Polk County is back in a situation we hoped to never be in again. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise.

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8/24/2021

County Attorney News
Mandujano Plea

Malik Mandujano pleads guilty to Murder in the Second Degree.

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8/20/2021

Covid-19 Updates & Operations
Conservation News
Covid-19 Updates & Operations

UPDATE: 8/9/2021 | As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and adapt, Polk County Conservation continues to prioritize our employee’s health and public health...

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8/18/2021

Health Department News
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised Individuals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending an additional COVID-19 vaccine for individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

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8/16/2021

September - December Nature News is Here
Conservation News
September - December Nature News is Here

Find volunteer programs, public programming, events, and more in our September - December Nature News! See what's going on in a PCC park or trail near you!

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8/9/2021

Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information for 2021
Conservation News
Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information for 2021

Download your Controlled Bowhunt Application for 2021. The bowhunt is limited to antlerless deer only, and will take place from from September 18, 2021– January 30, 2022.

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8/5/2021

Oralabor Gateway Trail Closure & Reroute
Conservation News
Oralabor Gateway Trail Closure & Reroute

UPDATE: August 5, 2021 | Oralabor Gateway Trail from Oralabor to NW 70th Street will be closed thru Fall 2021. This closure is due to the road widening of NW 26th project.

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8/5/2021

Election News
2021 Election Law Changes for Iowa Voters

Election Law Changes for Iowa Voters

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7/29/2021

Appointments are Required To Get a Passport
County Recorder News
Appointments are Required To Get a Passport

Need to apply for a Passport? Then you need to make an appointment with our office. Call 515-286-3160 and we can help you out. Currently Passports are taking this long: Routine Passport delivery takes up to 18 weeks. Expedited Passport delivery takes up to 12 weeks.

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7/28/2021

Health Department News
Central Iowa experiences prolonged extreme heat event: Take precautions especially when outdoors

(Des Moines, IA) – With very hot weather expected this weekend the Polk County Health Department encourages residents to take extra precautions to stay safe. Temperatures and humidity will be rising for the next several days and heat indices may exceed 100 throughout the weekend and again into next week.

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7/23/2021

Central Iowa Experiences Prolonged Extreme Heat Event
Board of Supervisors News
Central Iowa Experiences Prolonged Extreme Heat Event

Polk County Health Department Media Release

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7/23/2021

State Fair COVID Vaccine Promotion
Board of Supervisors News
State Fair COVID Vaccine Promotion

Early Taste of State Fair at Polk County Health Department

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7/19/2021