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Iowa has not reached the peak for COVID-19 cases. An expansive, $26-million testing program recommended by a popular actor is just getting started. Outbreaks are continuing to spread in nursing homes and packing plants. And hospitals continue to raise alarms about shortages of personal protective equipment for health care workers. more
Iowans are wondering when it will be safe and responsible to resume normal activities and rebuild the economy after so many temporary closures. Last week Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new website to give Iowans better access to testing, and give public health officials a better idea of how Iowa is progressing through the pandemic. It helps the governor make decisions on what is safe to reopen and what needs to remain closed for a longer period of time. more
"We strongly believe that local newspapers and broadcasters play an integral role during the COVID-19 pandemic and making sure that stations are able to continue operating during this time is critical ..." more
In three weeks of avoiding contact with anyone since returning from Washington, I have been off the farm just twice. I briefly went to get fuel in Andrew. There is no kibitizing with friends at the convenience store. No one is there save the staff, and we transact business at arm’s length in the full meaning of the term. more
As we all work to adjust during this difficult time, Iowans all across the state have been stepping up to help their neighbors and communities. Stories of people making homemade face masks for their friends, families, neighbors, or donating them to local hospitals are told daily. We have also seen local restaurants contribute food to health care providers, and Iowans purposefully supporting these local restaurants with takeout orders in an effort to keep those places in business. more
When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Iowa, the Legislature responded by suspending the session, ensuring the stabilization of the state budget, and providing Gov. Reynolds with the tools she needed to respond to this public health emergency. more
I’m writing this on a rainy Easter Sunday afternoon when it would be easy to focus on what was missing. more
One of the questions we consistently hear is whether a stay-at-home or a shelter-in-place order should be implemented. Many point out that Iowa is one of a few states that hasn’t issued a similar order to combat the spread of COVID-19. The reality is, Iowa is already doing a number of things, and in some instances implementing more closures, than states with a shelter-in-place order. more
Gov. Kim Reynolds, as part of her argument against ordering Iowans to “shelter in place” to prevent the spread of COVID-19, suggests that her existing emergency orders have the same effect. more
Discerning citizens ask this question when voting in any presidential election: which candidate is best enabled to handle a crisis? Thirteen facts clearly reveal what candidate was not prepared in 2016 or now. more
As we continue to work through this pandemic, please know there are many resources available if you need them. The 24/7 hotline for all COVID-19 related questions can be reached at 2-1-1- or 1 (800) 244-7431. Additionally, a legal information hotline for COVID-19 related legal matters, like eviction, the denial of unemployment benefits, or employer-employee issues, is available at 1 (800) 332-0419. A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID-19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/qukvoha. more
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