As per the Governors press conference today a new website available for COVID-19 information: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
As per the Governors press conference on March 23, business assistance is available at the following link. This needs to be completed as soon as possible, as funding sources are not unlimited. www.iowabusinessrecovery.com
Please continue to utilize CDC website as https://www.cdc.gov/
During today’s press conference, the Governor indicated she was relying on the Federal Department of Homeland Security’s definitions of “essential workers.” These definitions can be found here: https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-CriticalInfrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf
Jefferson County Health Center COVID-19 Hotline is available between 7AM and 5PM, 7 days a week, at: 641-469-4180
Iowa Department of Public Health 2-1-1 COVID-19 hotline is available
Locally the Jefferson County Public Health, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Jefferson County Health Center continue to work with local elected officials on a daily basis to best respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
At this time, local public health continues to recommend social distancing and virus mitigation.
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Effective March 18, 2020
Effective March 18, 2020 all city buildings will be closed to public access. City employees will be working and services will continue remotely to the extent possible. These closures will be in effect until further notice. The City Council meeting will go on as scheduled on Monday March 23rd. If you are interested in City business, we are encouraging the general public to watch the live stream of the Council meeting rather than come to the meeting physically. City office hours are 8 to 4:30 and the phone number is 641-472-6193. All City utility questions can be answered through this number. Paying your City utilities: We offer a convenient drop box in the alley on the North side of City Hall, your payment will go into a safe locked box. Or You can pay online at https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/plc/a001w2 or by visiting our website cityoffairfieldiowa.com, click on "Pay Bills" and follow instructions to pay with a credit / debit card (additional processing charges will apply). o You may sign up for automatic payment from your check or savings account, the payment is withdrawn on your remittance date. You will need to provide us with a voided check or a letter from your bank on their letterhead stating the routing and account number, along with a signed form from our office. There is no additional processing charge for this service. The Fairfield Public Library will provide curbside delivery of materials, to be arranged in advance by calling 641-472-6551 ext. 2. Due dates are still in effect and customers shall return materials in the book drop. Those who participate in book clubs and discussion roundtables can continue to do so via conference call. Call the front desk for more details between the hours of 8 AM -5 PM Monday through Friday. The Fairfield Park and Rec Center will be extending all memberships for the duration of time of closure. If you have any questions or concerns, call the Rec Center between 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday, 641-472-6159. If you have any further questions contact the city office or department that you are needing.
Aaron Kooiker City Administrator City of Fairfield
Iowa Workforce Development (IWD)
Governor Reynolds Announces Unemployment Insurance Tax Extension to Assist Small Businesses
DES MOINES - Today, Governor Reynolds announced that first quarter unemployment tax payments that are due April 30th will be delayed till the end of the 2nd quarter, July 31, 2020. Eligible employers include those employers with 50 or fewer employees. Eligible employers also must be in good standing with no delinquencies in quarterly payments.
“Iowa’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and the engine behind our economy. Now more than ever we need to make sure they have the ability to manage their cash flow,” said Gov. Reynolds. “It’s critically important that we continue to take steps in support of our small business community during these challenging times.”
To qualify for the extension, the employer must be current on all quarterly tax payments before the 1st quarter of 2020 regardless of whether or not they are seeking an extension of tax payment. All employers must file Quarterly Employers Contribution and Payroll Report electronically by 4:30 on April 24th to avoid late report filing penalty.
Payments for Q1 would be due when Q2 payments are due, July 31, 2020. No interest or penalties will accrue for delayed payments for the eligible group. The extension of payment deadline without interest is not a holiday or forgiveness and the taxes will be due July 31, 2020. Employers still need to file their quarterly reports, which contain employee wage data necessary to compute benefit eligibility and amounts to be paid.
“More than 95% of businesses in Iowa, or 72,264 employers, have 50 or fewer employees. They employ a total of 417,536 Iowans, pay approximately $4.2 billion in wages. Providing an extension to paying unemployment insurance taxes will help the vast majority of employers during this difficult time,” said Director Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development.
For an employer who elects to take advantage of the extension, please contact our Unemployment Insurance Tax division at either 1-888-848-7442 or by sending an email to Q1tax@iwd.iowa.gov. If an employer would like to request additional time to pay the tax, please contact the Unemployment Insurance Tax Division. IWD recommends sending an email versus a phone call as there is a high call volume during this time that may lead to extended wait times. Employers must notify IWD of intent to delay payment by Friday, April 24th at 4:30 pm.
SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
• The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
• Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
• SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
• Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on our website: SBA.gov/disaster.
• SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
• These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
• SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
• SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.
• For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information.
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce would like to support our local businesses during this time of concern with COVID-19. While the website listed below is not a Chamber endorsed website or Member, the Chamber would like to share this information with the community.
The following information was provided by Kara Waugh, owner of Adela's in Fairfield, Iowa.
Two wonderful people in Fairfield (Hannah & Dave) have set up a website to enable people to purchase gift cards from local Fairfield businesses online! You can purchase gift cards from Adela's and other businesses without leaving your house by visiting:
We continue to be open and welcome you in store if you are healthy or call us to order and pick up curbside or have it shipped. We are here to help you in anyway we can.
Provided below is relevant information for businesses that was just issued by the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020.
SECTION THREE. Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144 (3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I hereby order that effective Noon today, March 17, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2020:
A. Restaurants and Bars: All Restaurants and Bars are hereby closed to the general public except that to the extent permitted by applicable law, and in accordance with any recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health, food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the food or beverage is delivered to customers off the premises.
B. Fitness Center: All fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers are hereby closed.
C. Theaters: All theaters or other performance venues at which live performances or or motion pictures are shown are hereby closed.
D. Casinos and Gaming Facilities: All casinos and other facilities conducting pari-mutuel wagering or gaming operations are hereby closed.
E. Mass Gathering: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster.
F. Senior Citizen Centers and Adult Daycare Facilities: All facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers are hereby closed.
SECTION TWENTY-THREE. This state of disaster emergency shall be effective immediately on March 16, 2020 shall continue for thirty (30) days, and shall expire on April 16, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me. Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1).
Visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website here
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website here
Visit the World Health Organization website here
Jefferson County Public Health is following the State of Iowa Public Health Disaster as declared by Governor Reynolds.
Please see entire press release.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 - Effective today at noon the following will be implemented:
* Fitness Center: All fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers are hereby closed.
* Theaters: All theaters or other performance venues at which live performances or or motion pictures are shown are hereby closed.
* Casinos and Gaming Facilities: All casinos and other facilities conducting pari-mutuel wagering or gaming operations are hereby closed.
* Mass Gathering: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster.
* Senior Citizen Centers and Adult Daycare Facilities: All facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers are hereby closed.
* In addition to the Governor’s recommendations, I am ordering the closure of the Community Child Care Center until the end of this proclamation. This does not prohibit in-home childcare providers. You must follow the limit of 10 individuals.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Iowa Department of Transportation and other participating state agencies are hereby directed to monitor the operation and implementation of this proclamation to assure the public's health and safety.
Nothing contained in this declaration shall be construed as an exemption from any other portion of the Iowa Code or Iowa Administrative Code not specifically identified in this proclamation.
This state of disaster emergency shall be effective immediately on March 16, 2020 shall continue for thirty (30) days, and shall expire on April 16, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended.
Jefferson County Public Health will providing daily updates at 4:00 pm or more frequently as needed.
Primary means of information will be disseminated via: KMCD/Classic 96, Jefferson County Public Health Facebook page
As of 4/2, Fairfield Community School District will be closed through April 30th. Classes will resume Friday, May 1st, 2020.
The Fairfield Community School District has announced the following closure of school; announced on Sunday, March 15th, 2020.
Dear Parents and Community Members:
As a school district, we have been closely monitoring the news and best practices regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). At the direction of Governor Kim Reynolds, tomorrow she will be recommending schools in Iowa must close for four weeks. This closure will take effect on March 16.
The closure affects all school programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events for the next four weeks.
We are actively preparing to continue with school lunch services as soon as possible. More details on school lunch will be provided in the coming days.
The coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge you to speak to your child about the following prevention measures:
● Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
● Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm. ● As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. Some people with coronavirus have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia.
Individuals who need medical care should call their medical providers to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.
Parents of students exhibiting flu-like symptoms or staff exhibiting flu-like symptoms are asked to contact the County Health Department.
Please know that my heart is with you. I know the days ahead will be challenging for you and your family. We will do our absolute best to rise to the occasion and try to assist you in finding solutions going forward. May we all lean on each other in the days ahead.
Dr. Laurie Noll, Superintendent
2020 Census Information Presentation
Monday, March 16th, 2020 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
Shelby Newberry, U.S. Census Bureau, will be presenting information about the 2020 Census. This meeting is free and open to the public.
The 2020 Census is important to complete for funding for local and county government. Please attend this free meeting for a presentation from the U.S. Census Bureau on information about the 2020 Census.
This year, as part of the annual holiday celebrations during this last holiday season, everyone enjoyed visiting a newly constructed Santa House and newly renovated Santa Workshop. Every year after the holidays are over, Greg Vorhies from the Schaus-Vorhies family of businesses has been moving the Santa House from the Fairfield Square. He has been doing this for over 20 years. We would like to thank Greg Vorhies for his dedication and contribution to making an important part of Fairfield's holiday celebrations happen! We would also like to thank Bob Brown Excavating, who provided the low trailer needed to move this new, larger house this year.