• This week the Governor also announced she is loosening COVID-19 mitigation efforts including; raising indoor gathering restrictions from 10 to 15 people, allowing bars and restaurants to stay open past 10pm, and lifting the cap on the number of spectators per participant at high school sporting events so long as everyone is in the same household.  These new measures take effect on December 17, and continue until January 8.

 

  • Test Iowa’s five state-operated drive-thru sites and the State Hygienic Lab will be closed only on Christmas Day and  New Year’s Day. Sites will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, except for the Council Bluffs site, which will close at 2 p.m. To sign up for a test go to testiowa.gov. The sites include:  

               Black Hawk County — 4121 Alexandra Drive, Waterloo  

               Linn County — Windstar Lines, 5755 Willow Creek Drive SW, Cedar Rapids  

               Polk County — 4475 NE 3rd Street, Des Moines  

              Pottawattamie County — 3236 Nebraska Ave., Council Bluffs  

              Scott County — North Park Mall, 320 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport 
  

  • The Iowa Department of Public Health announced this week that the federal government notified them that the State of Iowa, as well as all other states, will not receive the volume of vaccine initially anticipated. It appears allocations may be reduced by as much as 30%. It was initially anticipated that Iowa would receive up to 172,000 doses by the end of December.