• Another 293 positive cases were reported on Wednesday as deaths and hospitalizations both continued to climb. Positive cases have been reported in 91 Iowa counties.
  • State officials released their plan to support child care providers during the pandemic. Direct assistance is available to both child care centers and in-home care centers still operating and those that will reopen.  Additional support is available to providers who are giving a discount to essential employees. More information is available at https://dhs.iowa.gov/childcare/funding-opportunities
  • Local officials in Wapello and Crawford Counties are sounding the alarm about dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases in their communities just as public health measures were loosened by the Governor. Over the last week, Wapello County positive cases have gone from 10 to 125 and Crawford County has risen from 21 to 103. Both counties are home to meat processing facilities.

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