COVID-19 Employee Info

The city has implemented safety protocols to mitigate the safety risk to employees, their families, and the community as a whole. As has been the case since March 2020, the City’s response to the coronavirus pandemic will adapt in accordance with positivity rates and public health guidance.

Employee Workplace Requirements – current status High (red) as of August 23rd, 2021

• The CDC recommends masks regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be required in indoor common areas such as hallways, restrooms, etc.

• Social distancing should be maintained in meeting rooms with the utilization of WebEx for virtual meetings, if necessary.

• At this time, we are not imposing any travel restrictions. However, it is recommended to follow CDC guidance if attending large public gatherings where safety measures may not be imposed (such as the Iowa State Fair, sporting events, concerts, etc).

• All City facilities will remain open to the public.

• Please reference the COVID-19 Workplace Requirements document for a full list of employee safety requirements.

Employee Health Screening

• All exposures and positive test results must be reported to the HR department. Failure to do so is a violation of the City's safety policies and may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Full-time and permanent part-time employees that are vaccinated may be eligible for COVID pay protection for their own breakthrough infections.

• COVID-19 tests are still widely available through local pharmacies and clinics, including free mail-in kits provided by Test Iowa.

• Employees should continue to follow public health guidance to protect themselves and others from the virus. That includes getting tested if you are sick or exposed, washing hands often, avoiding crowds and staying home when sick.

• If you have not been vaccinated, you can locate a provider at vaccinate.iowa.gov. Full-time and permanent part-time employees that voluntarily receive all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for an incentive per the previous communication from the HR department.

• Non-first responder employees should refer to the Employee Health Screening Form for guidance about quarantine/isolation procedures related to exposures/illnesses.

Refer to the CDC’s data tracker for Polk County, Iowa for more information about the latest transmission rates which will be used to drive internal policies and procedures. Please contact Erin Freeman, HR Director, at 515-331-6707 with questions or concerns.