• There were another 66 positive cases of COVID-19 reported on Thursday, bringing the total up to 614. Also two more Iowans passed away.
  • The underlying data shows an increase in the number of tests processed (816) but also a slight decline in the percent of positive cases, which dropped to 8% from yesterday
  • The Iowa House and Senate Minority Leaders sent a letter to Governor Reynolds today encouraging her to issue a shelter-in-place order. The leaders said the order would send a clearer message that more Iowans must stay home to flatten the curve and save lives.
  • Weekly state unemployment claims rose to 58,453, the highest number in state history. The previous record high was last week at 41,890. For comparison, during the height of the great recession from 2008-2010, Iowa lost a total of 64,600 jobs.
  • National unemployment claims surged to 6.6 million, double the record 3.3 million claims last week. Until last month, the worst week for unemployment filings was 695,000 in 1982.

Helpful Links With More Information

A new summary of recently passed federal legislation and its impact on Iowa will be continuously updated and is available here: https://tinyurl.com/sg2hluc

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/