- Another 304 positive cases were reported on Monday as overall testing dipped again down to just 2,603. There were an additional four deaths and 97 of Iowa’s 99 counties now have at least one COVID-19 case.
- A new investigation released today is calling the state’s response time to COVID into question. According to the Associated Press, a worker at a meat processing Plant in Perry filed a complaint on April 11 with state officials about coronavirus and a lack of social distancing. State inspectors never visited the plant and waited nine days for a response and then closed the case. Nearly a month after the complaint was filed, 58% of the workers at the Perry plant had tested positive.
- With fewer community support services available and higher levels of stress, domestic abuse and child abuse cases could be increasing but fewer are being reported. Iowans in need of help should call the 24/7 hotline to report domestic violence at 800-770-1670 or child abuse at 800-362-2178. https://dhs.iowa.gov/child-abuse
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