The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports there are nine additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 38 positive cases.  The new cases are in Johnson, Polk, Dallas, Washington, and Winneshiek Counties. 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201) has been signed into law. Highlights are below and here is a link to an FAQ from US Rep. Cindy Axne on the bill: https://axne.house.gov/services/updates-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/resources-families-during-coronavirus-outbreak

    • Free testing for the coronavirus for those who need it
    • Expands paid sick leave access for approximately 87 million US Workers 
    • Paid & Family Leave Tax Credits for Employers
    • Supplemental Appropriations for coronavirus emergency

The US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has suspended all foreclosures and evictions through the end of April.

Iowa’s three public universities — University of Iowa, Iowa State, and UNI – will complete the spring semester through online classes only.  Most residence halls will also be closing. Commencement ceremonies at Iowa and Iowa State have also been canceled. 

Helpful Links With More Information

For the latest updates on coronavirus and to learn more about prevention efforts, go to the Iowa Dept. of Public Health at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus

For Iowans with questions about COVID-19, a public hotline is open 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431

Criteria for getting tested for COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html

For updates related to child care, child welfare, Medicaid, and social workers, go to the Dept. of Human Services page at  https://dhs.iowa.gov/COVID19

For businesses, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is compiling resources available (including grants) at www.iowabusinessrecovery.com 

For workers displaced due to coronavirus, unemployment benefits may be available in 7-10 days from filing. Click here to apply: 

https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/file-claim-unemployment-insurance-benefits