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Updated Polk County Service Modifications And Closures (04-01-2020)

DES MOINES, Iowa – March 23 2020 — To protect the health and safety of Polk County employees and the general public the following closures and service modifications will be effective beginning 8:00 am on March 18, 2020 until further notice.

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4/10/2020

County Sheriff News
Detention Officer Applications Accepted Through October 19, 2020

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for Detention Officer through October 19, 2020.

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8/7/2020

County Sheriff News
Deputy Sheriff Applications Now Accepted Through 9/4/2020

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Deputy Sheriff from 7/31/20 – 9/4/20 at 3:00 p.m.

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8/7/2020

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

As of 8-7-2020

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8/7/2020

Public Works News
Railroad Improvements Detour Route - NE 126th Avenue, Elkhart, IA

Please be advised that NE 126 Avenue between NE 38 Street and NE 46 Street will be closed Monday, August 10, 2020 through Wednesday, August 12, 2020 as part of a Railroad Crossing Repair project. This road will be closed to through traffic. A detour will be posted. If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Polk County Public Works at 515-286-3705, by fax at 515-286-3437, or by email at publicworks@polkcountyiowa.gov. Click on "read more" for map.

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8/6/2020

Back to School Give-away
Veteran Affairs News
Back to School Give-away

Saturday August 22, 2020

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8/5/2020

Jester Park Nature Center Closed Until Further Notice
Conservation News
Jester Park Nature Center Closed Until Further Notice

The Jester Park Nature Center will remain closed until further notice to align with Polk County’s COVID public facility operations plan. However, the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center is open due to the open air nature of this facility.

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8/4/2020

Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information
Conservation News
Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information

This fall, special use permits allowing bowhunters to participate in a controlled bowhunt for antlerless deer will be issued by the organizations listed at the bottom of this information.

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8/4/2020

Election News
SPECIAL SCHOOL ELECTION - Tuesday, September 8th

Special School Elections Tuesday, September 8th Bondurant-Farrar, Collins-Maxwell, Saydel, and SE Polk School Districts

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8/3/2020

Veteran Affairs News
Veterans Ride DART Free!

Polk County Veteran Affairs continues creating DART IDs remotely

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7/31/2020

COVID-19 Operations Update
Conservation News
COVID-19 Operations Update

UPDATE: JULY 27, 2020 | Parks, trails, and campgrounds are open! Read below for the most up-to-date COVID-19 notifications.

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7/27/2020

7/24/20 COVID-19 Disaster Proclamation Defined
County Treasurer News
7/24/20 COVID-19 Disaster Proclamation Defined

7/24/2020 Iowa Governor Reynolds has Issued Several Proclamation of Disaster Emergencies Relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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7/24/2020

Election News
2020 PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION - Tuesday, November 3

2020 Presidential General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Absentee Ballot Requests will be sent to all Registered Voters in Polk County Iowa.

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7/22/2020

Polk County Facilities Closed Until Further Notice
County Treasurer News
Polk County Facilities Closed Until Further Notice

7/21/2020 - Polk County will remain closed to the public until further notice

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7/21/2020

Health Department News
Visitor Restriction Guidelines for Polk County Hospitals

Due to significant increases in positive COVID-19 cases in Iowa, including Polk and Dallas Counties, the following visitor restriction policies have been put in place by Broadlawns Medical Center, MercyOne Des Moines and West Des Moines Medical Centers and UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.

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7/20/2020

Public Works News
ROAD CLOSURE - SE 14th Place between SE 55th Street to Dead End

Please be advised that SE 14 Place between SE 55 Street to Dead End will be closed on Monday, July 13, 2020 for an Asphalt Resurfacing project . Click on "read more" for additional information and map.

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7/13/2020

Canoes Rentals at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt are Currently Suspended Due to Low Water
Conservation News
Canoes Rentals at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt are Currently Suspended Due to Low Water

CANOE RENTALS AT CHICHAQUA ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL WATER LEVELS ARE BACK UP

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7/11/2020

Health Department News
Limited cooling centers in Polk County

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many daytime cooling centers in Polk County are closed. There are public options including malls, stores and other businesses that people without air conditioning can visit to get temporary relief from the extreme heat.

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7/7/2020

Health Department News
Confirmed Surge of Positive COVID-19 Cases in Polk County

The Polk County Health Department continues to see an increase of positive COVID19 cases. We are seeing this trend with the younger population. With the surge in cases and the holiday weekend quickly approaching, we strongly urge residents to celebrate the Fourth of July with caution.

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7/2/2020

Public Works News
ROAD CLOSURE - NW 146th Avenue Between NW 142nd Street/Hwy 17 and NW 128th Street

Please be advised that on Monday, July 6, 2020, Polk County Public Works will begin a box culvert replacement project on NW 146th Avenue between NW 142nd Street/Hwy 17 and NW 128th Street. Click on "read more" for additional information and map.

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7/2/2020

Health Department News
COVID-19 Cases on the Rise in Central Iowa: Increased Concern for Long Term Care Residents

Our country has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past several weeks. The United States has experienced the highest case counts of the pandemic, over 40,000 cases in the past two days. Central Iowa is now following the same trend. Over the past seven days, our positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise again. Since the beginning of June, Polk County has been averaging around 50-55 cases a day. The seven-day trend has shown an increase of 20% of new cases reported in central Iowa. We are seeing community spread of COVID-19 as our community has re-opened.

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6/30/2020

Health Department News
COVID-19 Cases on the Rise in Central Iowa

Our country has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past several weeks. Central Iowa is now following the same trend. Over the past seven days, our positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise again.

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6/29/2020

Health Department News
Infant Deaths on the Rise in Polk County

Over the past three months, infant deaths have been on the rise in Polk County. From April to June 2020, the Polk County Medical Examiner autopsied seven babies. Five out of the seven deaths occurred in unsafe sleep environments. This is a stark contrast from January to March 2020, where there was only one infant death related to natural disease.

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6/25/2020

JOB OPPORTUNITY-AMAZON DELIVERY
Veteran Affairs News
JOB OPPORTUNITY-AMAZON DELIVERY

AMAZON DELIVERY HIRING IMMEDIATELY

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6/24/2020

Health Department News
New Visitor Restriction Guideline for All Polk County Health Systems

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 health systems.

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6/22/2020

Veteran Affairs News
Veterans' Mobile Food Pantry

July 23rd, 2020

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6/19/2020

Lauridsen Skatepark Update
Conservation News
Lauridsen Skatepark Update

View the latest construction update on the Lauridsen Skatepark here!

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6/18/2020