The City of Sergeant Bluff has received numerous questions on the pending vaccine roll out. Phase 1B will be starting on February 1st using the attached orders of priority. The Siouxland District Health Department (SDHD) and local health care providers are facilitating the vaccine rollout in Woodbury County. Currently, there is no waiting list or a place to call for a vaccination appointment. We will be sharing those details with the community as they become available. We encourage you to follow the SDHD Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SiouxlandDistrictHealth/ and vaccination update website link at http://www.siouxlanddistricthealth.org/component/content/article/233-covid-19-vaccination-information.html?directory=12
The Iowa League of Cities is seeking input and feedback on COVID-19 issues from residents in our community. You can follow the link to participate:
Due to the increased spread of COVID19 in our area:
The City Hall lobby is closed until further notice. City Hall remains available by phone - 712-943-4244.
The Community Center is closed, they remain available by phone - 712-943-5800.
The Library is closed.
Below is a summary from the Iowa Department of Public Health of some directives associated with the Governor's new Proclamation.
Please note: The CDC has indicated that participating in "one-way trick or treating" is a moderate risk activity. The risk can be lessened when social distancing, wearing face coverings, and other safety guidelines are followed. As for any gathering, please stay home if you or your child have been exposed to COVID-19, or is not feeling well. If we work together, we can continue to provide safe and fun activities for our community.
We recommend and encourage the community to avoid hand-to-hand distribution by distributing candy in the driveway or yard and not at the door. A table can be a useful way to minimize direct contact while distributing candy. Please take reasonable safety precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Thank you!
10/7/20 - City Hall will re-open on on Monday (10/12). Please be aware that masks are required when entering City Hall. Thank you!
9/26/20 (two updates)
6/11/20 The below linked article from the Sioux City Journal exemplifies why we want to encourage everyone to continue to be cautious. The Coronavirus is still present in our communities.
5/29/20 Below is a new proclamation from the Mayor
4/28/20 - Siouxland Regional Statement on the Recent Increase in Positive cases of COVID-19 in Siouxland
4/27/20 - The Governor has signed a new proclamation. Please view it HERE.
4/23/20 - A message from the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce regarding the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses.
4/22/20 - A second Proclamation issued by the Mayor.
4/22/20 - CDC Fact Sheet "Stop the Spread of Rumors"
4/22/20 - The State of Iowa has developed an initiative to increase the rate of COVID-19 testing. Should you get tested? Start here: https://www.testiowa.com/
4/20/20 - Due to the COVID19 pandemic, no yard sales or garage sales are allowed within City limits.
4/15/20 - A message from the President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce:
4/10/20 - An update from the office of Inspection Services:
4/9/20 - The Siouxland Regional Transit System released the following statement which is suspending their services:
SRTS – COVID 19 RESPONSE
SRTS, your full-service transportation company regrets to announce a significant reduction in service due to the Coronavirus.
SRTS will cease providing General Public transportation in each of our 6 county service areas as of Friday April 10, 2020.
SRTS Board of Directors and Executive Management made this very difficult decision after extensive discussion and evaluation of the circumstances. Ridership has been reduced by over 80% and revenue has equally plummeted. SRTS, had hoped to continue servicing the transit dependent public as long as we could, however, the delicate balance of protecting the community, passengers we serve and our drivers resulted in a real clear choice.
SRTS will continue to provide previously established dialysis trips and a few medical trips. All passengers will be required to wear face mask or face covering while riding.
SRTS, as well will be closing its administrative office on April 10 to the public and all non-essential personnel.
SRTS, considers it a privilege to serve our communities and looks forward to being back as soon as possible.
Please watch our website and watch your local news media for updates as to our return.
For more information please contact SRTS at 279-6919 or 1-800-881-2076.
4/7/20 - The American Red Cross has a flyer to address Coping with Sheltering at Home during COVID-19
4/7/20 - The CDC has recommended that Americans wear face masks in public. They have released THIS GUIDE for creating your own homemade mask.
4/6/20 - Woodbury County Emergency Management has a press release on Social Distancing and Mass Gathering Recommendations
4/6/20 - Governor Reynolds has issued a new proclamation (link here), as part of that proclamation additional business closures are required. An excerpt is below:
ADDITIONAL ESTABLISHMENT CLOSURES AND ORDERS
SECTION ONE. 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 the following additional closures and orders beginning at 8:00 a.m. on April 7, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020:
A. Malls: All enclosed malls shall be closed, including interior common areas and any retail establishment that only accessible to the public from the interior common areas. A retail establishment that may be directly accessed from outside the mall is not required to close by this paragraph.
B. Tobacco or vaping stores: All tobacco, cigarette, cigar, or vaping stores shall be closed.
C. Toy, gaming, music, instrument, movie, or adult entertainment stores: All toy, gaming, music, instrument, movie, or adult entertainment stores shall be closed.
D. Social and fraternal clubs: All social and fraternal clubs, including but not limited to American Legion or VFW posts, Elks Clubs, country clubs, and golf course clubhouses shall be closed, except that food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises and a golf course clubhouse may also be open to the minimal extent necessary to facilitate use of the golf course provided appropriate social distancing practices are implemented.
E. Amusements: All bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and amusement parks shall be closed.
F. Museums, libraries, aquariums, and zoos: All museums, libraries, aquariums, and zoos shall be closed.
G. Race tracks: All race tracks and speedways shall be closed and shall not host any races, events, or other gatherings.
H. Skating rinks and parks: All indoor or outdoor roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks shall be closed.
I. Playgrounds: All outdoor or indoor playgrounds or children’s play centers shall be closed. This order does not apply to playgrounds in private residences or childcare facilities.
J. Campgrounds: All public and private campgrounds shall be closed to temporary recreational use. This order shall not prohibit the use of a campground by a long-term or permanent tenant who resides at the campground. All cabins and yurts in state parks shall also be closed to temporary residents.
K. Door-to-door sales: All unsolicited door-to-door sales and solicitations at all homes and residences is hereby prohibited.
4/6/20 - Please remember that both National and State guidelines advise that you should stay at home as much as possible to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
4/3/20 - The Governor of Iowa has issued a new proclamation which includes all of her previous actions and extends them until April 30th. See it by clicking HERE.
3/27/20 - The Iowa Department of Public Health has released a guide on How to Cope with Anxiety about Novel Coronavirus.
3/27/20 - THIS IS A REMINDER - If your business is eligible for the IEDA Small Business Relief Grant Program & Tax Deferral the APPLICATION DEADLINE is Tuesday, March 31 at 12:00 NOON.
Documents Required for Online Application:
• 3-month income statement
• Revenues - March 2019
• Revenues - March 2020 to date
• Balance Sheet (as of application date)
• Payroll prior to March 17, 2020
• Completed Business W-9 form (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf)
• Additional fields may include:
• Date of business establishment
• Description of Economic Impact Loss (loss of sales or revenue)
• Number of employees on March 1
• Number of employees working remotely as a result of the disaster
• Estimated loss of revenues March 15, 2020 - April 15, 2020
• Description of how funds will be utilized to maintain operations or reopen after the disaster
FAQs – Iowa Small Business Relief Grant & Tax Deferral Application
Link to Program and Electronic Application: https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/reliefgrants
3/27/20 - An update regarding Rental Inspections and Building Permits.
3/27/20 - Governor Reynolds has signed a new proclamation extending the Public Health Emergency Declaration until the end of the day April 16th. Section 5 details additional retail closures:
"SECTION FIVE. 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 10:00 p.m., March 26, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020, the following nonessential retail establishments shall be closed:
B. Clothing stores;
C. Shoe stores;
D. Jewelry stores;
E. Luggage stores;
F. Cosmetic, beauty, or perfume stores;
G. Florists; and
H. Furniture and home furnishing stores.
This closure order does not affect other retail establishments, such as discount stores, grocery stores, or pharmacies that sell these goods in addition to other essential food, medical supplies, and household goods."
3/24/20 - The State of Iowa has created a website with information pertaining specifically to Iowa. https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
3/22/20 - https://www.coronavirus.gov/
3/19/20 - Effective at 8:00am March 19, 2020 Mayor Winkel has issued a Proclamation to efficiency and appropriately respond to the COVID-19 Emergency Proclamations decreed by POTUS and Governor Reynolds.
3/18/20 - The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America can be viewed by clicking HERE.
3/17/20 - We would like to make residents aware of Gov. Reynolds Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration which will impact restaurants, bars fitness centers and other locations where large gatherings may take place. You can view the full declaration here: LINK
3/16/20 - The City Hall lobby will be closed effective 3/17/20 until further notice. We will remain available by phone at 712-943-4244. The health of our residents and City staff is always our utmost priority. The City is following CDC guidance and taking precautions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. We are asking customers to pay their utility bills by placing their check or money order payment in the drop box located outside of City Hall. Money orders can be purchased at the drive-through of Pioneer Bank located at 202 1st Street. You may also pay by phone via credit card by calling 1-877-885-7968 or 712-943-4244. The ability to pay online is also available: www.paymentservicenetwork.com
We sincerely thank you for your patience as we take necessary precautions at this difficult time.
UTILITY EMERGENCY: If after hours, please call 712-203-0206
COMPOST PASSES: Receiving updated 2020 Compost Site Passes will also be suspended until the lobby reopens.
COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed until further notice.
LIBRARY : Closed until further notice
BUILDING PERMITS: Permit applications are available online at www.cityofsergeantbluff.com under Government > Building Inspector
3/16/20 - We are recommending the following websites for accurate information about the Coronavirus.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Iowa Public Health Department (IPDH)
World Health Organization (WHO) Q&A page
3/16/20 - Sergeant Bluff Community Center will be closed immediately until further notice.
3/15/20 - With the concerns over the COVID19 virus the Sergeant Bluff Community Center will be closed immediately until further notice. City leaders are meeting and monitoring the situation as things progress.
3/4/20 - "The CDC and other medical institutions say that hand sanitizer is effective against COVID-19, the Coronavirus. A number of viral posts on social media have suggested that alcohol-based hand sanitizers will not protect against the rapidly spreading illness, but that is not true. Where soap and hot water is not available, hand sanitizer will work." Read more by clicking here.