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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

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

As of 10-23-2020

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10/23/2020

Veteran Affairs News
October 22, 2020

A Virtual Outreach Event

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10/21/2020

DERECHO DISASTER PROCLAMATION
County Recorder News
DERECHO DISASTER PROCLAMATION

The governor extended a disaster proclamation for counties impacted by the August 10th derecho until November 15th, 2020.

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10/21/2020

Real ID and Your Birth Certificate
County Recorder News
Real ID and Your Birth Certificate

Due to COVID-19, the deadline to get your REAL ID (gold star) has been extended to Oct. 1, 2021. Click here for more information.

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10/21/2020

Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center to Close on October 26
Conservation News
Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center to Close on October 26

Polk County Conservation has made the decision to close the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center to the public on Monday, October 26. We will continue to monitor public health recommendations related to COIVD-19 and reopen the facility when it is safe to do so.

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10/20/2020

Water Services in Campgrounds Have Been Shut Off
Conservation News
Water Services in Campgrounds Have Been Shut Off

Due to the falling temperatures and freezing weather, Polk County Conservation has turned off water services in the campgrounds.

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10/19/2020

Public Works News
Weed Commission Season Over

The 2020 Weed Commission season ended as of October 16, 2020; therefore, we will not be taking new complaints. If you have a question regarding a current case or an assessment, please contact us at weedcommission@polkcountyiowa.gov.

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10/19/2020

Veteran Affairs News
Career Fair

Career Fair October 28, 2020

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10/19/2020

Expired Temporary License Plate Card
County Treasurer News
Expired Temporary License Plate Card

Per the Governor’s current Proclamation, the requirement to display permanent plates on a vehicle within forty-five days after the date of delivery of the vehicle to the purchaser from the dealer has been extended to ninety days.

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10/17/2020

County Sheriff News
Sheriff’s Office precautions for the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office continues to evaluate the COVID-19 Pandemic and prepare for the effects in our area. The lobbies of the Polk County Jail and the PCSO Patrol Headquarters are closed to the public until further notice.

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10/16/2020

Health Department News
Support Person Restriction Guideline Updates for Polk County Hospitals

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, MercyOne – Des Moines and Broadlawns Medical Center maintain the current visitor restrictions for the safety of our patients and team members. However, we recognize the importance of having a support person available for a patient’s well-being. With some exceptions, one support person will be permitted to be with a patient per day during hours set by each hospital. This change will be effective Wednesday, October 14, 2020. NOTE: Hospitals may further restrict visitation in certain situations.

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10/14/2020

Interior Vestibule at Jester Park Nature Center Open to Public
Conservation News
Interior Vestibule at Jester Park Nature Center Open to Public

Beginning on Wednesday, October 14th, the interior vestibule at the Jester Park Nature Center will be open to the public during park hours seven days per week. Visitors will be able to obtain park brochures, trail maps, and use the restroom facilities.

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10/13/2020

Election News
PRESIDENTIAL General Election

Presidential General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020 BALLOTS ARE BEING MAILED OUT! SATELLITE VOTING LOCATION: POLK COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE (one block south of Court Avenue) 120 2nd Avenue, Suite A Des Moines, IA 50309

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10/5/2020

Office Hours for the County Recorder
County Recorder News
Office Hours for the County Recorder

The Recorders office is currently closed to the public, but still open from 8:00am - 4:30pm via phone or by mail. Please call 515-286-3160 with any questions.

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10/2/2020

Veteran Affairs News
Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat

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10/1/2020

Polk County Treasurer Allows Limited Appointment Visits-Vehicle Title Transfers and Auto Dealer Drops
County Treasurer News
Polk County Treasurer Allows Limited Appointment Visits-Vehicle Title Transfers and Auto Dealer Drops

MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER—The coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of Polk County Facilities in order to help control the spread of the virus. The Treasurer is now opening on an appointment only basis beginning on October 1, 2020.

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9/29/2020

Veteran Affairs News
LIHEAP Program Information

IMPACT Oct. FY21

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9/22/2020

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

Each year, flu season is unpredictable and severe. Some years, we have seen a mild flu season. . The truth is we have no idea what this year’s flu season will look like. What we do know is that possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

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9/22/2020

Health Department News
City of Ankeny Offers Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic

The Ankeny Fire Department, in partnership with the Polk County Health Department, will be offering a Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, 1 – 6 p.m. at Ankeny Fire Station Headquarters, 120 NW Ash Drive, Ankeny.

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9/16/2020

Property Tax Reminder (9/30/2020)
County Treasurer News
Property Tax Reminder (9/30/2020)

Polk County Treasurer reminds taxpayers, "September 30th is property tax deadline."

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9/15/2020

Retreat With Horses – Free Demonstration For First Responders & Health Care Workers
Conservation News
Retreat With Horses – Free Demonstration For First Responders & Health Care Workers

Discover how horses help humans heal mentally and emotionally through the Jester Park Equestrian Center's free demonstration for first responders & health care workers, Retreat With Horses.

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9/8/2020

Election News
Special School Election Results

09/08/2020 Special School Election Results

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9/4/2020

Emergency Management News
FEMA Disaster Assistance Available in Polk County

Individuals and business owners in Polk County may now apply for the FEMA Individual Assistance Program. Residents may apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. TTY users can call 800-462-7585.

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9/1/2020

Health Department News
Health Department urges residents to take caution over Labor Day Weekend

Over the past weeks, we have seen an alarming increase of positive COVID-19 cases in the state. Cases in Polk County are still on the rise and do not show any signs of slowing down. As families get together and students come home from college, we strongly urge residents to celebrate Labor Day weekend with extreme precaution.

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9/1/2020

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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8/21/2020

Health Department News
Recommendations for individuals who use oxygen and are without power

The recent storm has caused widespread power outages that affect a large number of people that use oxygen.

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8/12/2020