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Date: September 21, 2020

Carroll County Public Health Update

In Carroll County, there are currently 327 residents with active cases of COVID-19. The overall number of people who have been infected is 634 with 302 people listed as recovered. Five residents have died. The positivity rate over the past 14 days in Carroll County is 14.1%. People who have active COVID-19 virus should remain isolated as recommended by the CDC and IDPH. Case numbers and positivity rates change in real-time so please continue to watch the interactive map at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/. Additional stats and information are available on this site.

Employees have long dealt with the threat of flu and colds in the workplace but the potential seriousness of exposure to COVID-19 demands keener awareness for your personal and public safety. Maintaining social distancing measures around your “work family” may relieve some of the anxiety you may experience when you return to your family at the end of the work day. Knowing that you have done all you can to protect yourself will also protect your family and others.

You may have noticed that putting on a mask, increased hand washing, and creating distance from others have become second nature. Social distancing habits take time to develop and practice makes perfect. Another way you can protect your coworkers and others is by acknowledging, not ignoring, symptoms you may be developing. All of us have experienced symptoms that may or may not be COVID-19 related. The best thing you can do is to monitor your symptoms closely and do not go to work if your symptoms are concerning. Your coworkers and the community at large will thank you.

 


Past Announcements from the Public Health Department can be found on the Public Health Website Archive of Covid-19 Announcements


Please check Carroll County Public Health's Facebook page (Carroll County Public Health) for regular COVID-19 updates and other health information. Additional Carroll County Public Health social media sites include Twitter (@ccphiowa) and Instgram (carrollcountypublichealth).

Carroll County Offices are closing for an undetermined period of time.  Please contact individual departments by phone to ask questions. Take advantage of Mail, Email, Online access and phone to do your business with the County.  This includes all county offices in the Courthouse, Paul S. Fricke Building, Ambulance, Conservation, and Engineer.

Visitation at the Carroll County Jail
will be suspended until further notice. 3-16-20 Sheriff Pingrey 712-792-4394

The Sheriff Department will not be able to obtain or renew their permits to carry. This office will be making allocations to extend your renewal date period if your permit is set to expire while this closure is in effect.  We will not be allowing the public to come in for fingerprinting.  We will also be suspending our free weapon's permit classes until further notice. 712-792-4393

The Carroll County Recycling Center is Closing to the public. 712-792-5001

Passport Agency in Carroll County will suspend onsite Passport Services until further notice.  Passport agencies in neighboring Counties may still be taking appointments.  Please find the contact information for these facilities on the US Department of State website or call 712-830-1018 for more information and options.   www.travel.state.gov 

ElectionsDue to closure of the courthouse the following procedures will need to be followed to meet required deadlines:
ndash; those wishing to file nomination papers for county offices (Sheriff/Auditor/Supervisor Districts 1, 3, 5) need to file by March 25th.
-those wishing to file nomination papers for township trustee or Soil Water Commissioners need to file by March 20th
-Candidates need to call our office at 712-792-9802 to make arrangements to drop off their paperwork
-Local Authorities wishing to file their budgets with the Auditor’s office will need to call our office to make arrangements to drop off or mail


Treasurer:

At this time, all business with the treasurer’s office will be conducted through the mail (Carroll County Treasurer, PO Box 68, Carroll, Iowa 51401), online at https://www.iowatreasurers.org, or by using the county drop box at the bottom of the steps on the north side of the courthouse.

Property Taxes: Property taxes may be paid online, by mail, or by using the courthouse drop box.  Please include your phone number with your payment in case we need to contact you.  If you would like a receipt, you will need to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.

All tax deadlines remain in effect.  Taxes are due March 31 and delinquent on April 1.  However, due to the most recent proclamation issued by Governor Reynolds, penalty will be waived on March tax payments made on or before June 25th.  Payments postmarked after June 25th, paid online after June 25th, or dropped in the drop box after June 25th will be subject to penalty.

This is subject to change with the extension of Governor Reynolds' proclamation.


DRIVER'S LICENSES

Please go to https://iowadot.gov/covid-19/Public-Response for current updates and complete information.

ARE DRIVER’S LICENSE SERVICE CENTERS OPEN?

Iowa DOT operated service centers, except Davenport are currently open by appointment only . Walk-in customers will not be served. To maintain proper social distancing recommendations and adjust to the evolving situation we are only releasing appointment times for the next 14 days. We suggest that you use our online service selector tool to determine if there are other ways you might be able to receive service. If you must make an appointment and one is not available, we encourage you to check back often.

The Davenport driver’s license service center currently closed until May 19 because an employee tested positive for COVID-19. This closure will allow time for thorough cleaning and for our staff to self-isolate.

Customers who do not have access to the internet or English is not their primary language may call 515-244-8725 to set up an appointment at their preferred location.

Please note that driver’s license and ID services are also conducted at county treasurer’s offices. Many locations are closed or are not conducting business as usual. It is suggested that you contact the location you plan to visit before making the trip.

 

 

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

To maintain proper social distancing recommendations and adjust to the evolving situation we are only releasing appointment times for the next 14 days. We suggest that you use our online service selector tool to make an appointment or determine if there are other ways you might be able to receive service. If you must make an appointment and one is not available, we encourage you to check back often.

All customers entering a DOT service center 
will be asked a series of questions to evaluate their risk of exposure to COVID-19 and exposure to others being served. If it is determined that there may be a heightened risk for the customer to be served, they will be asked to delay services to a later date.

 

ARE YOU OFFERING DRIVE TESTS AT THIS TIME?

Drive tests for Commercial Driver’s Licenses and motorcycles are currently being conducted and non-commercial drive tests will be offered beginning May 18. All drive tests are being conducted by appointment only. Walk-in customers will not be served. To maintain proper social distancing recommendations and adjust to the evolving situation we are only releasing appointment times for the next 14 days. (We will begin accepting appointments for non-commercial drive tests on May 4). We suggest that you use our online service selector tool and choose “testing” from the drop down menu to walk you through the steps on how to receive service and make an appointment. If you must make an appointment and one is not available, we encourage you to check back often.

For drive tests involving staff entering vehicles, customers must pass screening questions to determine their potential exposure to COVID-19, bring and wear their own mask (homemade cloth masks are fine), have a clean automobile that is safe for our staff to enter, understand that we might wipe down touchpoints such as door handles with sanitizing wipes. Please note that commercial drive tests may be conducted without staff entering the vehicles. Iowa DOT staff will wear appropriate PPE as they are conducting drive tests.

 

HOW CAN MY TEEN GET THEIR PERMIT?

Teens getting their driver’s instruction permit now have the option to take the web-knowledge test that is required to obtain the permit at home. Their parent will need to apply to administer the test and the student will need to have an electronic device connected to the internet. After the teen passes the knowledge they will still need to make an appointment to come into a facility to be issued their permit. Please note that to maintain proper social distancing recommendations and adjust to the evolving situation we are only releasing appointment times for the next 14 days, so it may take a little bit to get into a service center. If you cannot get an appointment immediately, we encourage you to check back often. You can find more information on the Skip the Trip program here.

HOW CAN MY TEEN MOVE FROM A PERMIT TO AN INTERMEDIATE LICENSE OR FROM AN INTERMEDIATE TO A FULL LICENSE DURING THIS TIME?

Teens in Iowa moving from a learner’s permit to an intermediate driver’s license or from an intermediate to a full driver’s license now have an option to receive those cards remotely without having to come into an Iowa DOT driver’s service center. A parent must complete the remote consent form  online. Once a completed form is received, Iowa DOT staff will contact the family to answer some questions and complete the process over the phone. The child will receive their license in the mail, just as they would have done if the family had come into a service center.
If you chose to come into a service center, you must make an appointment. We will not accept walk ins at this time. Please note that to maintain proper social distancing recommendations and adjust to the evolving situation we are only releasing appointment times for the next 14 days, so it may take a little bit to get into a service center. If you cannot get an appointment immediately, we encourage you to check back often.

 

I NEED TO GET A REAL ID GOLD STAR ON MY LICENSE. CAN I DO THAT AT THIS TIME?

The deadline for REAL ID enforcement has been moved back to Oct. 1, 2021, in addition TSA has announced that they temporarily will accept expired driver’s licenses as proof of identity in order to fly. Therefore, we suggest that you wait to come into a service center if you are wanting to get a REAL ID only. However, if you have other services you also need to receive at the time you will need to make an appointment, we will not accept walk ins at this time. We suggest that you use our online service selector tool to make an appointment or determine if there are other ways you might be able to receive service.



DRIVER'S EDUCATION

WHAT IF MY CHILD NEEDS TO START DRIVER’S EDUCATION, BUT HAS NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO RECEIVE THEIR INSTRUCTION PERMIT?

We are temporarily waiving the requirement that a student possess a valid instruction permit prior to beginning a driver’s education course. If a student has taken and passed the instructional permit knowledge test, through our Skip the Trip at Home program, they can begin the classroom portion of driver’s education. However, no behind-the-wheel instruction can be conducted without first obtaining an instruction permit.  Prior to beginning the classroom course, the driver’s education instructor will verify that the student passed the knowledge test, which can be done by providing the emailed test results a student receives after successfully completing the Skip the Trip permit knowledge test at home. This waiver will end 90 days after the end of the Governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which would currently be Aug. 25, 2020.

Each school and private driver’s education company is responding to COVID-19 in their own way, including offering virtual classroom instruction, so please contact your school to discuss driver’s education options.

 

IF I’M A PARENT CAN I TEACH MY CHILD DRIVER’S EDUCATION AT HOME?

Iowa law specifies that parent-taught driver’s education is only available for parents who have homeschooled their children during the previous year through the present year (Iowa Code section 321.178A). To be eligible for the parent-taught driver’s education program, the teaching parent must be providing competent private instruction pursuant to Iowa Code sections 299A.2 or 299A.3, which does not include taking classes or learning online through accredited public or private school programs.

If you are seeking options for your child to obtain driver’s education during COVID-19 school closures, we encourage you to contact your school district, or a nearby private driver's education provider to discuss the options available during this time.



CDL HOLDERS

DOES THE WAIVER OF DRIVER’S LICENSE EXPIRATION APPLY TO MY COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE OR COMMERCIAL LEARNER’S PERMIT?

Yes. Governor Reynold’s emergency proclamation provides that for ANY driver’s license expiring January 16, 2020 or later, the expiration date will not be enforced during this declared disaster. If your commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP) expired on January 16, 2020 or later, you can continue to operate validly in Iowa.

Additionally, if your CDL or CLP expired on March 1, 2020 or later, your expired license will also be considered valid if you are driving out-of-state, in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidance.

MY CDL MEDICAL CERTIFICATE HAS EXPIRED OR WILL EXPIRE SOON – WHAT CAN I DO?

Customers who are currently required to provide the DOT with an unexpired medical examiner’s certificate will not have their CDL downgraded if their medical certificate expired on March 1, 2020 or later through the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. In other words, if you currently hold a CDL or CLP, and our medical certificate or medial variance expires during this time, you may continue to operate validly in your current license class through Jun. 30, 2020. This in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidance.

School bus drivers should check with their school’s administration for any school-related medical certification requirements during this time.

Find additional guidance on CDL’s from FMCSA here.

I NEED TO RENEW MY TSA THREAT ASSESSMENT FOR MY CDL HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ENDORSEMENT (HME). HAVE ANY REQUIREMENTS CHANGED?

Yes. A driver whose Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) expires between March 1, 2020 and the end of the declared disaster will be allowed a 180-day extension of their endorsement. This means that you may continue to operate validly under the provisions of the endorsement for an additional 180 days after the expiration of your current HME without having to complete a TSA security threat assessment. However, 60 days before your 180-day extension ends, you must initiate the renewal process of your threat assessment.

For example, if you hold a CDL with a Hazardous Material Endorsement, and your TSA threat assessment expires on April 15, 2020, the HME will now be considered valid until October 12, 2020, and you must initiate renewal of your security threat assessment no later than August 13, 2020. Due to the evolving public health situation and circumstances, some enrollment centers may close for a period of time to ensure the safety, health and wellness of staff and the public. Applicants planning to visit an enrollment center should use the “Find an Enrollment Center” feature to determine if the center is open, its hours of operation, and if appointments are required. Note: this exemption does not apply to CDL holders seeking to obtain a new HME.

If your CDL expires January 16, 2020 or later, you can continue to operate validly in Iowa, pursuant to Governor Reynold’s emergency proclamation (see above). Upon the end of the declared disaster, you will be required to take the Hazardous Materials knowledge test and have a valid security threat assessment, as usual, to renew your CDL with HME.

Find additional information here.

HOW DO I GET A RESTRICTED CDL FOR THE MOVEMENT OF AGRICULTURAL GOODS DURING THIS TIME?

 

Restricted CDLs issued to eligible suppliers or employees of suppliers of agricultural chemicals, fertilizer, seed or animal feeds can be obtained remotely during this emergency period. If you are in need of a restricted CDL please contact our CDL Program administrators at [email protected]. Please provide:

·         The driver’s license number

·         Duration of the first restricted CDL period of validity (60-90-180 days)

·         The intended restricted CDL start date.

·         If you’ve have had a restricted CDL before:

·         Is there a Driver Self-Certification on file? If not then complete and send the form to [email protected]  or [email protected]

·         If you are a nonexcepted interstate driver you need to provide DOT a valid medical certificate to [email protected]. Find more information here

·         Phone number for follow up and payment information. We can process payments via credit or debit card.

Find more information on restricted CDLs here

 

VEHICLE REGISTRATION, LICENSE PLATES, AND TITLES

Please go to https://iowadot.gov/covid-19/Public-Response for current updates and complete information.

IS THERE A PLACE TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT HOW I CAN RECEIVE MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICES DURING THIS TIME?

Yes, please go to https://iowadot.gov/mvd/vmcs-services for information about your options for receiving motor vehicle related services.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY VEHICLE REGISTRATION OR LICENSE PLATES ARE EXPIRED?

If your registration was due on Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31 or Apr. 30, you are not required to renew at this time and will not be assessed any penalty for failing to renew. Your new expiration date will be considered May 31 and you will have a grace period for the month of June. If you do not pay your registration on Jun. 30 or before you will begin accruing late penalties, beginning Jul. 1. You will not be assessed late penalties for the months of Feb. , Mar., Apr. or May.

If your registration was due Dec. 31, 2019 or before your registration is not covered by the emergency waiver. You will accrue penalties as normal, throughout the emergency period.

Please note, you can renew your vehicle registration on-line by following the instructions on your renewal notice. While most county treasurer’s offices are not open for in-person business, many are accepting and processing renewals sent by mail and in some cases delivered through drop boxes. Certain offices may also accept payment by phone. Your registration sticker will be mailed to you. Please contact your local county treasurer’s office to ask about options.

WHAT DO I DO ABOUT A TITLE AND REGISTRATION IF I RECENTLY PURCHASED A VEHICLE OR TRANSFERRED TO A NEW OWNER?

If you purchased, transferred, or brought a vehicle into the state, including CMVs subject to apportioned registration on or after Feb. 16, 2020, you do not need to apply for a title and registration within 30 days.

If the purchase or transfer occurred between Feb. 16 and Mar. 15, 2020 please check here to determine your deadline to apply for a title and registration and when late penalties will begin to be assessed.

If the purchase or transfer occurred on or after Mar. 16 your new deadline to apply for a title and registration is June 29.

We also recognize that you or the dealer may be waiting for title documents from other states that have suspended operations.

Title and registration transactions are done through your local county treasurer’s office. Most county treasurer’s offices are closed for in-person visits. However, if you have all of your necessary transfer documents, most county treasurer’s offices are accepting and processing applications sent by mail and in some cases delivered through drop boxes. Your title, standard license plates, and registration sticker will be mailed to you. Please contact your local county treasurer’s office to ask for options. 

DO I STILL NEED TO OBTAIN A SALVAGE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE FOR A WRECKED OR SALVAGE VEHICLE WITHIN 30 DAYS?

Vehicle rebuilders; persons engaged in the business of buying, selling, or exchanging vehicles of a type required to be registered in the state; or insurers are not required to obtain a salvage certificate of title within 30 days, during the disaster emergency in Iowa, which currently extends to May 27.

Title and registration transactions are done through your local county treasurer’s office. Most county treasurer’s offices are closed for in-person visits. However, if you have all of your necessary transfer documents, most county treasurer’s offices are accepting and processing applications sent by mail and in some cases delivered through drop boxes. Your title, standard license plates, and registration sticker will be mailed to you. Please contact your local county treasurer’s office to ask for options. 

DO I NEED TO OBTAIN LICENSE PLATES IF I PURCHASE A VEHICLE FROM A DEALER?

If you purchased a vehicle from a dealer on or after Feb. 1 and obtained a temporary license plate, you may continue to use the temporary plates past the 45-day issuance period.

If you obtained the temporary license plate from a dealer between Feb. 1 and Mar. 15 please check here to determine when you need to switch to permanent plates.

If you obtained the temporary license plate on or after Mar. 16 you will need to affix permanent plates by July 13.

We also recognize that you or the dealer may be waiting for title documents from other states that have suspended operations.

Most county treasurer’s offices are closed for in-person visits. However, if you or the dealer have all of your necessary transfer documents, most county treasurer’s offices are accepting and processing applications sent by mail and in some cases delivered through drop boxes. Your title, permanent license plates and registration sticker will be mailed to you. Please contact your local county treasurer’s office to ask about options.

 

 

MAY I STILL PURCHASE SPECIALTY OR PERSONALIZED LICENSE PLATES?

The Iowa DOT is still accepting applications for personalized and specialty plates submitted on-line, as well as by mail and in our drop box at 6310 SE Convenience Blvd in Ankeny.  If your chosen personalization is available and approved, your plates will be manufactured and delivered to the county treasurer's office in the county where you live. You will be notified when the plates are ready. Please reach out to your local county treasurer’s office to check availability and when pick up will be available.  



PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES PARKING PRODUCTS

HOW DO I GET A PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES PARKING PERMIT?

There are three different parking products offered to persons with disabilities:

·         Designated license plates

·         Removable windshield placards

·         License plate stickers

 

Persons with disabilities license plates can be ordered online and will be available at your local county treasurer’s office. While most county treasurer’s offices are not open for in-person business, they are accepting and processing requests. Please contact your local county treasurer’s office to ask about options for receiving the license plates.

 

Removable windshield placards or license plate stickers are typically available from our service center at 6310 SE Convenience Blvd. in Ankeny. For the protection of the health and safety of our staff and customers we will only be accepting requests for persons with disabilities placards or license plate stickers via mail or email. Please complete the Persons with Disabilities Parking Permit Application and mail it the to the Iowa DOT 6310 SE Convenience Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50021 or email to [email protected].

 

 

For complete information go to https://iowadot.gov/covid-19/Public-Response

 



Real ID Enforcement Date Extended:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of Public Affairs


Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

“Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days.

 

“The federal, state and local response to the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline. Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to remove any impediments to response and recovery efforts. States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes.

 

“Protecting both the health and national security of the American people continues to be the top priority for the President of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security.rdquo;


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