• Iowa officials reported a record 521 new positive cases and a record 11 deaths on Friday. Overall, the percent of positive cases being reported is still increasing. 
  • State officials also confirmed the coronavirus peak isn’t expected for another 2-3 weeks. 
  • Despite the increasing number of positive cases and outbreaks, the Governor began loosening public health measures used to slow the spread of the virus. She did not provide additional data or information to demonstrate why it’s safe to do so.
  • State officials announced this week that an additional $30 million will be awarded in Iowa Small Business Relief Grants. The grants will be awarded to businesses that applied back in March but have not yet received funding. New applications will not be accepted. More info at https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/aspx/general/dynamicpage.aspx?id=205

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