• There were 246 COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Sadly, there were another 15 deaths today, bringing the total to 500. Today was also the first day that COVID cases have now been found in all 99 counties. 
  • Two Iowa lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the state’s $26 million no-bid contract with Test Iowa. Multiple problems with Test Iowa have been uncovered including daily testing numbers falling well short of the 3,000 tests per day promised; total number of Test Iowa tests still secret; long wait times for test results; no-bid contract to an out of state company; and faulty equipment. 
  • State officials said another 14,586 Iowans filed for unemployment last week.  The Pandemic Extended Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) funds will start being distributed this week which provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits for individuals who have exhausted their normal benefits. Nationally, 1 in 4 American workers has filed for unemployment benefits during the pandemic. To file a claim go to:  https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/file-claim-unemployment-insurance-benefits
  • Covid Recovery Iowa is a new free service offering counseling services to Iowans affected by COVID-19. To learn more visit www.COVIDrecoveryiowa.org or call 1-800-447-1985. 

Helpful Links With More Information

For the latest updates from the State of Iowa on COVID-19: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov 

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

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 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