• There were 21 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19 reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 145 positive cases.
  • 41,890 Iowans applied for unemployment last week, up from 2,489 the week before, and represents the highest level of claims ever recorded in the state. To file an unemployment claim, visit https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/file-claim-unemployment-insurance-benefits.
  • A Presidential Disaster Declaration was approved for Iowa, which allows more federal emergency funds to flow to Iowa and opens up the Community Disaster Loan program.
  • The U.S. Senate came to agreement on another COVID-19 relief package that was approved late Wednesday and expected to be approved by the House soon. 

Helpful Links With More Information

For the latest updates from the Iowa Governor’s office on COVID-19: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov 

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

State officials launched a new website to connect healthy Iowans who want to volunteer in their communities with nonprofits: http://volunteeriowa.galaxydigital.com/