• There were 34 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19 reported on Thursday, a 23% increase over yesterday which brings the total to 179 positive cases. 
  • The Governor issued another Public Health Emergency Declaration on Thursday and here are some highlights:
    • No more non-essential or elective medical and dental procedures are to be performed
    • Telehealth parity: any health carrier in the state of Iowa will need to reimburse any medically necessary, clinically appropriate covered telehealth service at the same rate as in-person service
    • Current business closures have been extended until April 7 and it also applies to other businesses including bookstores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, florists, and furniture stores
    • New screening measures are required for all staff at health facilities
  • Iowa lawmakers are calling on the Reynolds Administration to expand a small business relief fund created last week to include the self-employed and small businesses with just one employee.
  • After the Senate reached a bi-partisan agreement last night, the US House is expected to pass another coronavirus relief package on Friday.

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/