COVID-19 virus forces closures, postponements


While no one has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in Ida County (as of Friday, March 20), a number of steps have been taken in the form of closings and postponements in the area to help slow the spread of the virus.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the following websites: https://idph.iowa.gov/, https://www.cdc.gov/ or https://governor.iowa.gov/.
Due to COVID-19 and its rapid changes, government entities, health care providers and businesses are rapidly changing when they are open, so you are urged to call ahead.
Cities
Arthur, Battle Creek, Galva, Holstein, Ida Grove and Odebolt city hall offices are closed to the public. For questions about services, contact your local city hall.
County
Ida County facilities are closed to the public (see separate news article).
Historical society
The Ida County Historical Society canceled its meeting Thursday, March 26, at the Ida Grove Library.
Ida County Conservation
Ida County parks and trails will remain open, as well as the restroom at the Crawford Creek boat ramp. The director will be in his office, answering phone calls and e-mails. The naturalist can also be reached by e-mail.
All public facilities, including the Conservation Center and the other park restrooms, are closed for the next four weeks. Any rentals during that time will be canceled or re-scheduled. All naturalist programs are canceled or postponed through April 20.
Restaurants/bars closed
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. All Iowa restaurants and bars were
required to suspend on-premise service as 11:59 a.m., March 17. Carry-out and deliveries are allowed.
Ida County Sheriff’s Office
In order to comply with the recommendations of social distancing as a result of COVID-19, the Ida County Sheriff’s Office has implemented new guidelines regarding how it conducts day-to-day, non-emergency business at the sheriff’s office and jail.
Sex Offender Registry will be conducted entirely over the phone with sheriff’s office personnel.
Gun permit applications can be obtained on-line at: https://idacountysheriff.us. The sheriff’s office will continue to accept applications at the sheriff’s office with payment. In addition, you can mail your form into the sheriff’s office, along with a copy of your driver’s license and a check or money order, and they will process permit applications.
The Ida County jail is no longer taking any fingerprints for any reason. Anyone requesting fingerprints will be turned away. All jail visitation is suspended.
Anyone needing a copy of an incident report or an accident report should contact the sheriff’s office by phone and they will email it to the person involved or to the insurance provider.
Civil procedure that is court-ordered to the sheriff’s office by the Third Judicial District is still being accepted and processed. Any non-essential or non-court-ordered business is being suspended at this time. Those with questions about the status of civil process should contact Rebecca at the sheriff’s office at 712-364-3146.
Sioux City Catholic Diocese
Following the recommendations released by the Centers of Disease Control to “cancel large events or gatherings that could contribute to the spread of COVID-19,” Catholic Bishop Walker Nickless issued the mandate to suspend all Sunday and public Masses effective immediately.
This suspension will extend for eight weeks and then will be re-evaluated as the coronavirus situation develops. The CDC recommends no gathering of groups of 10 or larger during this crisis. Parishes within the diocese will resume normal activities when it is safe to do so.
Baptisms, weddings and funerals are immediate family only, and no meals are allowed. Holy Week, Sacrament of Confirmation, First Communion and Eucharistic Adoration are suspended. Confessions will be conducted by appointment only.
Iowa State
Extension and Outreach
Most Iowa State University Extension and Outreach events throughout the state through April 4 have been canceled. When possible, some activities may be conducted virtually, using video or teleconferencing. For details about an agriculture and natural resources event, including whether it will be rescheduled, reach out to the contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office.
ISU Extension and Outreach is still open for business; however, many employees are working remotely. If your office is closed, leave a message and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

IG golf club
The Ida Grove Golf and Country Club clubhouse is closed through March 31. Golf will be allowed, weather permitting.
IG Kiwanis soccer
The Ida Grove Kiwanis soccer season is postponed.
Pheasants Forever
The Pheasants Forever banquet (March 28) has been postponed until further notice.
Sacred Heart fish fry
The Ida Grove Sacred Heart Catholic Church fish fry for March 27 has been canceled.
Shooting sports,
hunter’s safety classes
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is cancelling upcoming classes, field days, workshops and advanced hunter education offerings through April 30.
These events are usually held within facilities that are currently closed or prohibiting gatherings of large groups, due to the Covid-19.
Due to the cancellation of the in-person hunter education courses and field days, the DNR is recommending the following for hunting this spring:
Anyone ages 15 years and younger are able to participate in hunting activities if accompanied by an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
Anyone ages 16 to 17 can purchase an apprentice hunting license to hunt alongside an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
Anyone ages 18 and older can complete the required hunter’s safety course online.
Holstein taxi
The Holstein taxi will be available to make door deliveries of groceries, medicine and other products that can be purchased/ordered through our community from our local businesses. If you wish to use the delivery service, call 712-368-4898 to set up a delivery. At this time, due to COVID-19, the taxi will not be transporting passengers.
Galva Easter egg hunt
The Galva Easter egg hunt scheduled for April 11 has been canceled. In the event public events are allowed in the near future, the egg hunt may be held.
Ida Grove Easter egg hunt
The Ida Grove Chamber Easter Party scheduled for April 11 is canceled.
Stubbs library
Stubbs Memorial Library in Holstein is closed until further notice. Librarian Emily Todd will be at the library to take book requests and renewals by telephone and provide curbside service for material pickup. Call 712-368-4563, Facebook message or email the library for these services.
Story time is canceled for an indefinite time. The library will be closed to meetings as well.
Borrowed material may be dropped off in the outdoor book drop.
Another quick way to request materials (books, audio-books or DVDs) is to check the Stubbs Memorial library electronic card catalog to see if material is available or to simply browse. The catalog is updated in real time, so anytime something is checked out or checked in, it updates.
Ida Grove library
The Ida Grove library is closed until further notice. Material due dates have been extended to April 1 and may be extended further, if necessary. The drop box at the library will remain open for returns.
Director Angela Scales encourages patrons to make use of the library’s website:  www.idagrove.lib.ia.us for online resources and the Bridges elibrary for additional book checkouts. In addition, the library’s Wi-Fi is available 24/7 in the library parking area and will remain on during this time.
All programs at the library for March have been canceled.
Lohff-Schumann
Lohff Schumann Memorial Community Center is closed until further notice. All fitness classes and senior cards have been canceled. For more information, call 712-368-4817.
Ida Grove rec center
The Ida Grove rec center is closed until further notice. Individuals who have rec center memberships will have their memberships extended in accordance with how long the facility is closed. (Example: If it is closed two weeks, then their memberships will be extended two weeks.)