• Positive cases spiked up to 655 on Thursday, which was about 20% of the tests conducted. 11,059 positive cases have now been reported. There were 12 more deaths and hospitalization ticked up to 417. 
  • While she didn’t provide any additional data to validate her decision, Governor Reynolds issued another proclamation late Wednesday and loosened more public health measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Most of the new changes she made were targeted in the 22 counties with the highest number of cases. 
  • As positive cases continue to rise and Iowa has yet to hit its peak, Iowans should continue to practice social distancing (6 feet apart), wash your hands often, wear a face covering, and stay home if you are sick. https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/resources
  • Some Iowans who received a test from the Governor’s Test Iowa initiative have still not received results after nearly two weeks. The Governor admitted a backlog yesterday and then confirmed to the Des Moines Register today that some tests were damaged.

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