The Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation is developing, we continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of public health officials. The safety and health of visitors and staff is our highest priority.

The Council Bluffs CVB is committed to providing accurate and up to date information about the situation in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County.

On Tuesday, March 17, Governor Kim Reynolds declared a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency as of 10:15 a.m. All of Pottawattamie County should adhere to the temporary measures that are listed in the State of Iowa Proclamation of Disaster Emergency. You can find the most recent State of Iowa Proclamation of Disaster Emergency here

This is a rapidly changing situation and the Pottawattamie County COVID-19 Response Task Force recommends that people stay home as often as possible, increase social distancing efforts, wear a face mask while in public, and practice excellent hygiene and disinfectant practices. The task force is working to support businesses, schools, and community organizations to implement recommended actions that will protect people from an increased risk of severe illness.

Test Iowa Initiative:

To get Iowans back to work as quickly and safely as possible, Governor Kim Reynolds announced the Test Iowa initiative to expand COVID-19 testing in Iowa. Iowa is only the second state to put in place a widespread testing initiative like this.

The assessment informs Iowans on their current health status and whether they should be tested for COVID-19 or not. The test also provides instructions on how to get tested. The sooner we can identify cases, the sooner we can get back to our normal way of life.

Governor Reynolds has kicked off the #TestIowaChallenge and is encouraging all Iowans to go to TestIowa.com to complete the assessment.

The Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau is taking the challenge, and now we challenge you! Visit TestIowa.com to take the assessment.

 

COVID-19 Impact on Upcoming Events:

On the community calendar on UNleashCB.com, or the county-wide calendar on WattaWayIA.com you can view all of the events that have been canceled, postponed, or are still taking place. Updates are being made constantly to the calendar, and it reflects information that is to the best of our knowledge at any given moment.

If you have submitted an event to the community calendar on UNleashCB.com and your event has been canceled or postponed, please notify Emma Schwaller, CBCVB content coordinator, by emailing her at eschwaller@UNleashCB.com.

 

Restaurant Updates:

For more information about which restaurants in town are now offering dine-in, carryout, delivery, or drive-thru services, please visit our eat listings on UNleashCB.com.

If you own or work at a restaurant and you have made changes to your hours, operation, or are temporarily closed, please notify Emma Schwaller, CBCVB content coordinator, by emailing her at eschwaller@UNleashCB.com.

 

Attraction Updates:

For information about which attractions in town are still open or temporarily closed, please visit our play listings on UNleashCB.com.

If you own or work at an attraction and you have made changes to your hours, operation, or are temporarily closed, please notify Emma Schwaller, CBCVB content coordinator, by emailing her at eschwaller@UNleashCB.com.

 

Venue Updates:

If any changes are made at venues, they will be cited on the venue listings page on UNleashCB.com.

If you own or work at a venue and you have a change in business operation, please notify Emma Schwaller, CBCVB content coordinator, by emailing her at eschwaller@UNleashCB.com so your listing can be updated.

 

Hotel Updates:

For more information about which hotels in town have updated their cancellation policy, please visit the  stay listings page on UNleashCB.com

If you own or work at a hotel and you have a change in business operation, please notify Emma Schwaller, CBCVB content coordinator, by emailing her at eschwaller@UNleashCB.com so your listing can be updated.

 

Resources:

Pottawattamie County EMA COVID-19

Iowa Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

 

COVID-19 Hotlines:

Methodist Health System is offering a community hotline and screening tool at 402-815-SICK (7425)

CHI Health has a helpline to answer questions and direct patients who may be at a high risk of the coronavirus illness. Visit www.chihealth.com for information.

Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency has a COVID-19 call center that is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 712-890-5368 or 712-890-5369

This post was originally published on March 13, 2020 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.