• Iowa officials reported another 146 positive cases and seven deaths on Thursday.  Currently, 175 Iowans are hospitalized and two new outbreaks were reported at long-term care facilities. 
  • Despite claims of increased testing, COVID-19 tests so far this week are running 25% behind last week.
  • A new emergency declaration was declared in Region 6 (Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, and Winneshiek Counties). The Governor did not issue a shelter in place order but did prohibit social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings to only people who live together in the same household. It did not close any businesses. Here is the full text of the proclamation: https://governor.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Public%20Health%20Proclamation%20-%202020.04.16%20-%20Region%206.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
  • A bi-partisan group of seven Midwest Governor’s created a new partnership to safely open the regional economy. Governor Reynolds has declined to participate. 
  • 46,356 more workers filed for state unemployment benefits in the last week. While it dropped from last week’s record, it’s third highest weekly total in state history. Iowans will begin receiving an additional $600 weekly benefit starting this week. Go here to file a claim:  https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/file-claim-unemployment-insurance-benefits

Helpful Links With More Information

A summary of federal COVID-19 legislation and its impact on Iowans is available here: https://tinyurl.com/sg2hluc

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

Iowans who are healthy and want to volunteer in their community can find opportunities here: http://volunteeriowa.galaxydigital.com/

For the latest updates from the State of Iowa on COVID-19: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov 

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