City of Perry Encourages Citizens to Continue Following Public Health Guidance
The Iowa Department of Public Health recently announced an outbreak at the Tyson Foods plant in Perry. 730 employees tested positive for COVID-19 after mass surveillance testing efforts in April. The Perry community appreciates the work of the Tyson Foods employees and all essential workers for their dedication to providing for the needs of Perry and the rest of the country.
The City of Perry encourages all residents to continue practicing physical distancing and other public health recommendations to slow the spread of the virus.
“Protecting the health and wellbeing of our residents is of the highest priority,” said Mayor John Andorf “We are asking everyone to do their part by continuing to practice physical distancing and other public health recommendations to slow the spread of the virus.” All residents are strongly encouraged to follow these recommendations:
Continue to stay home as much as possible. Leave only for essential errands like groceries or getting medication. When you run these errands, send only one person from the household, if possible.
Stay home when even mildly ill (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities)
Limit social gatherings to only members of the same household who reside together.
Call your doctor if you develop symptoms such as a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Wear a facial mask when making essential trips where distancing is not possible.
Maintain a 6-foot distance from people outside your household.
As of yesterday, May 5, 2020, there are 370 active cases of COVID-19 in Dallas County. The City of Perry continues to work closely with the Dallas County Health Department and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic.
The City of Perry is working with local, state and federal partners to keep the community informed about COVID-19, a novel coronavirus. Prevention of COVID-19 is the same as that for other respiratory illnesses (like flu). These actions don’t just protect you. They help keep the whole community safe, especially our most vulnerable residents, by slowing the spread of the disease.
Community members from the Perry area have come together to help supply medical personnel with PPE over the last few weeks with hundreds of donations to Dallas County Hospital, retirement homes and Dallas County EMS. Community members have now raised funds to purchase 6,000 masks that will be distributed to Perry residents at no cost. A committee comprised of Mike Thomason, Lynsi Pasutti, Eddie Diaz and Sven Peterson organized a fundraising effort that led to the purchase of 6,000 masks from Perry business TC&B Corporate Wearables. The masks will be distributed at the following locations and times:
Saturday, April 18: Fareway parking lot 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 19: Hy-Vee parking lot 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, April 20: Perry Elementary and Perry High School 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monday, April 20: Perry Public Library 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 21: Perry Food Pantry 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Local businesses: Ben’s Five and Dime, Perry Perk, Mex To U Restaurant, Oasis Market, El Rey Market, Tin Pig, and Bluejay Market will also have a limited quantity starting Saturday.
Mike Thomason, Director of Dallas County EMS, communicated that “COVID-19 is spread through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. Mask help catch these droplets to help stop the transmission. Perry Chamber of Commerce Director Lynsi Pasutti communicated “We understand that this is not 100% effective to stop transmission but it is helpful when paired with other measures.” This call to action is less about protecting the individual wearing it and more about protecting others. If everyone does their part, together we can. The committee members would like to thank the City of Perry, Osmundson Manufacturing, and DMACC for their generous support as well as TC&B Corporate Wearables for their innovative transition to manufacturing masks. Community members are encouraged to visit the CDC website for more guidance on the use of cloth masks and to post pictures in support of this campaign using the hashtag #weareperry.
Changes to City Operations
Perry Public Library The Perry Public Library remains closed to the public but will be offering curbside service starting Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. This will resume curbside service next week on Monday through Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am- 5pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm. Please consult the homepage at www.perry.lib.ia.us to make a request for curbside service. Or you can call the Library at 515-465-3569.
At this time we are encouraging our patrons to use our website, www.perry.lib.ia.us, and the tools and resources available there, including eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming video, digital learning tools, and more.
Parks and Recreation Department The McCreary Community Building remains closed to the public. We will be providing fitness programs to members at home with FitnessOnDemand at no cost. If you are interested in accessing this service, please Email Us with your name and email address. When we get the system up and running, you will receive a registration email from FitnessOnDemand. This will be a free service to members of the McCreary Community Building. If you are interested in a membership, please Click Here.
For members with a ACH membership, the City will waive membership for April. For members who have paid monthly memberships, the City will provide a no-cost-30-day membership to their account when we reopen.
All programming is postponed until April 13. This date is subject to change depending on the circumstances. If programs are cancelled, refunds will be provided.
All Playgrounds, restrooms and shelter houses are closed until further notice. Playground equipment, picnic tables, and park benches are not sanitized. Team sports, pickup games, and contact play are prohibited.
If you have a rental scheduled with us during this closure period, please contact us and we will issue you a refund.
If you have questions for the Parks and Recreation Department, please call us at 515-465-5621.
City Hall City Hall remains closed to the public. Please mail in payments for City of Perry bills. If you need to apply for a building permit, schedule an inspection, or contact the Building Official, please Click Here. Garbage routes continue as scheduled. For other City Hall related business please call 515-465-2481.
Perry Water Works The Perry Water Works lobby will be closed to the public, but we will accepting utility payments through the drive through window. Please bring a copy of your bill with you to pay in order to expedite the process. Please call ahead if you do not have your bill. If you have any questions on your utility bill, please call the Perry Water Works office at 515-465-2562. Residents are strongly encouraged to utilize online payment options.
Perry Police & Fire Departments If you have concerns or questions about possible exposure to the Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) or have flu like symptoms, please CALL 211 or your primary care physician. If you need emergency assistance at your home please advise the dispatcher if you or anyone in your household has had flu like symptoms including a temperature of 100.4 or above, persistent cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath.This information will help responding units take proper precautions while helping you and keeping our first responders healthy so we can continue to provide the current level of service to our community.
All members of the Perry Police and Fire Departments strive to give the best service we can to our community. We count on our citizens to assist us with our primary goal of providing public safety services. We know there may be some confusion with the ever-changing updates to the Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) situation.
As always if you have questions or concerns you can call our Police Department administrative line at 515-465-4636.
Please check back here for updates.
UPDATE 3/15/2020 Based on the latest information and updates from state and local officials about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we have made the decision that closing our facilities is in the best interest of public health and safety at this time. City of Perry Offices, the McCreary Community Building and the Perry Public Library will be closed on Monday, March 16th until further notice. Please understand that this decision was not made lightly or out of fear, but out of caution and consideration of the health of our community.
Perry Water Works will be accepting utility payments through the drive through window. Residents are strongly encouraged to utilize online payment options. Garbage routes will be picked up as scheduled.
Due to the rapidly evolving nature of this situation, more information will be released as available. City Leadership and Elected Officials will be evaluating options and developing plans to continue operations and services. Please be patient and work with us as we navigate how to work through this.
UPDATE 3/14/2020: With the Governor's announcement that COVID-19 is in Dallas County, City Leaders will continue to assess City operations and services. Please continue to use common sense practices such as washing hands and avoiding large crowds and stay home if you feel sick. Older adults and those with underlying health issues should be extra cautious about possible exposure. We will continue to make announcements as information becomes available.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is a respiratory disease which has now spread to the U.S. It is mild for most people, but can cause severe illness and result in death for some. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, have the greatest risk of becoming severely ill. There is no vaccine and no medications approved to treat COVID-19 at this time.
How it Spreads COVID-19 spreads from person to person, mainly through coughs and sneeze or infected people who are in close contact.
Take Precautionary Measures The Iowa Department of Public Health is recommending that Iowans follow simple daily precautions similar to those which prevent the spread of other respiratory illnesses such as influenza. They are:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces by using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and have traveled to an area with widespread COVID-19 transmission or otherwise feel you may have been exposed, please CALL your healthcare provider.
Stay Informed Avoid misinformation by following the following trusted sources:
The State of Iowa has opened its 211 hotlineas the central resource for those with questions.
The Iowa Department of Public Health provides up-to-date information regarding this virus on its website, as well as guidance for businesses, schools, healthcare, long-term care, general public and travelers.
Make a Plan It is important for residents to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way they prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt their normal routine.
Make a plan and discuss it with your family. What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your daycare provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill? These are all questions to consider.
It is normal to be concerned about a new virus. Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death. The City of Perry is dedicated to the heal, safety and welfare of our residents and visitors. This page will be updated to reflect changes based on the most current information available.
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