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Mayor: All key Fort Dodge services operating

Bemrich urges social distancing

Although in-person contact between Fort Dodge residents and several city government offices have been suspended because of the threat of COVID-19, all essential services are continuing as normal, according to Mayor Matt Bemrich.

That means all the police officers, firefighters and paramedics are on duty. It also means the trash and recycling materials are being picked up as scheduled. Potholes are getting fixed and storm sewer intakes are being cleaned out.

Bemrich urged residents to continue practicing social distancing. It’s not fun, he said, but it is a necessary step in combating the spread of the virus.

“As our community continues to respond to this never-seen-before emergency, it is very important that we limit our social interactions,” Bemrich said. “I strongly recommend that all citizens practice social distancing and encourage all to stay home if possible. If you need to work or go out for groceries or medicine, please limit your social interactions to the reason you are out. The longer we don’t comply with social distancing, the longer we’re going to have to do it.”

Fire Department

All firefighting, rescue, and emergency medical services are being operated normally.

The department has worked with UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center, Webster County Public Health, Webster County Emergency Management and local law enforcement agencies to plan for the COVID-19 threat.

Police Department

The Police Department continues to conduct all of its essential duties. Officers are limiting public contact and modifying various daily practices in order to reduce exposure.

Public Works Department

The department has made some internal changes to staffing and processes. However, crews are still patching potholes, sweeping streets, cleaning storm sewer intakes and picking up trash and recycling materials.

Residents are urged to place their trash and recycling containers by the curb before 6 a.m. on the designated collection day.

Also, residents are asked to use the Connect Fort Dodge app to report potholes and other issues.

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