Another Public Health Emergency Declaration was issued yesterday by the Governor. Here are some highlights:

    • Suspends penalty and interest on late property tax payments 
    • Evictions suspended 
    • Temporarily allows bars & restaurants to sell alcohol as drive up/carry out

Iowa small businesses are encouraged to quickly fill out a survey from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) so Iowa can receive federal funding. The deadline is Monday, March 23 at 5pm.  Here is a link to the survey: https://uni.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4SK7W5qa88IkhXT

The Governor’s office released a new COVID-19 website you can share with your constituents. Here is the link: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/

The Dept. of Human Services has updated guidance for child care providers.

At a press conference yesterday, the Governor announced 1 more case of coronavirus.

The US Senate announced more details on the CARES ACT, which has four main pillars but has not yet been passed. More details below.

    • Cash Payments
    • Small Business Loans
    • Industry Specific Loans or Bailouts
    • Tax Deadlines

 

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

Click below for continuous updates on Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions  created by the Iowa House Democratic Research Staff:  https://bit.ly/2UjkO80

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