• Iowa officials reported another 17 deaths on Wednesday with another 377 positive cases. The number of hospitalizations also ticked back up today to 388. 
  • While the number of positive cases and outbreaks continue to increase, the Governor took additional steps today to loosen public health measures used to slow the spread of the virus. The new proclamation applies statewide and allows restaurants, retail shops, gyms, and libraries at 50% capacity to reopen on Friday. Barbershops, salons, and massage therapists can also open. Bars, casinos and movie theatres remain closed. https://governor.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Public%20Health%20Proclamation%20-%202020.05.13.pdf

  • While some public health measures have been loosened, Iowans are reminded to take precautions when going out in public. Public health officials recommend staying 6 feet apart, washing hands regularly, wearing a mask, and staying home if you are sick. https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/resources

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