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Weekly Coronavirus Update, September 11 – September 17

Another 5,012 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days. A total of 76,968 Iowans have tested positive for the virus so far, and 1,248 have died from COVID-19.    Polk, Johnson, and Story Counties make up for 38.3% of new COVID cases. According to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Iowa had 151 [...]

Weekly Coronavirus Update, September 3 – September 10

Another 5,157 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days. Iowa has the sixth-highest COVID-19 positivity rate and the third-highest number of new infections per capita in the country, according to the latest White House coronavirus task force report. Unfortunately there were another 71 deaths this week, bringing the total to 1,205.   Since [...]

Weekly Coronavirus Update, August 27- September 3

A record 7,431 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days. This week saw another new positive case high at 2663 cases on August 28th. Iowa also saw a 57% increase of positive COVID cases this week compared to two weeks ago.   Unfortunately there were another 55 additional deaths this week, bringing the [...]

Weekly Coronavirus Update, August 21- August 27

A record 5,538 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days. This week Iowa saw the single highest positive day of new cases with 1,475. Iowa also saw a 33% jump in positive COVID cases this week compared to last week.    There were sadly 62 additional deaths this week, bringing the total to [...]

Linn County Residents Now Eligible for Additional Storm Recovery Assistance

Federal Assistance Grants Residents of Linn County can now apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program, which provides disaster-affected homeowners, renters, and businesses with programs and services to maximize recovery, including assistance with housing, personal property replacement, medical expenses, and legal services. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated [...]

Weekly Coronavirus Update, August 14- August 20

Another 3,695 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days. There were also sadly, 58 additional deaths this week, bringing the total to 1012 deaths. 1 of 59 Iowans have tested positive COVID-19.   There are currently 300 patients hospitalized with the virus, up from 258 one week ago. IDPH reports five Iowa counties [...]

Weekly Coronavirus Update, August 7- August 13

Iowa had another 2,994 cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days. And sadly, there were another 48 deaths this week, bringing the total to 954 deaths.    More than 50,000 Iowans have now tested positive for COVID since the virus started spreading in Iowa. In the last two months, Iowa is starting to see about [...]

Disaster Recovery Assistance & Information

Many Iowans are still recovering from the aftermath of the Derecho.  There are a variety of resources available in the State of Iowa to help you recover from a loss of shelter, food and water, or belongings. Using the resources below, you’ll find out how to apply for a post-disaster grant, work with a case manager [...]

Weekly Coronavirus Update, July 31- August 6

The seven day COVID case total for Iowa was 3,363 cases. Unfortunately, with 52 additional deaths this week, there have now been 906 Iowans who have passed away due to COVID-19 in the past five months.    Since March, 47,141 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19. And in the month of July there were 15,533 positive [...]

STATEMENT FROM IOWA HOUSE DEMOCRATS ON GOVERNOR’S RECENT CHANGES TO SCHOOL GUIDANCE 

Statement from State Rep. Sharon Steckman, Member of House Education Committee and retired teacher “House Democrats believe there is nothing more important than ensuring our students, teachers, and support staff can return to school in a safe and healthy environment.  The Governor has made a difficult situation worse by failing to recognize that her one size [...]

Weekly Coronavirus Update, July 24- July 30

Iowa had another 3,269 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 7 days. Sadly, there were 39 additional Iowans who died of the virus this week, bringing the total to 854.   Iowa has seen a total of 43,778 positive COVID cases since March. Statewide, Iowa’s daily coronavirus cases have surged back to near the state’s [...]

Weekly Coronavirus Update, July 17- July 23

In the last 7 days there have been 3,772 new cases of COVID reported. On July 17,  Iowa reached a peak number of cases reported in one day at 879 cases. Unfortunately, there were 38 additional deaths this week, bringing the total to 815.    Hospitalizations have climbed to 232, which is a 95% increase in [...]

WATERLOO LEGISLATORS AGAIN QUESTION OSHA STANDARDS AT PORK PROCESSING FACILITIES

WATERLOO LEGISLATORS AGAIN QUESTION OSHA STANDARDS AT PORK PROCESSING FACILITIES WATERLOO, IA—State legislators from Waterloo are raising concerns about OSHA standards at pork processing facilities located in Waterloo and across the state. “We’ve again heard numerous complaints about the way workers at the facilities are being treated,” said State Rep. Timi Brown-Powers and Waterloo health care [...]

Weekly Coronavirus Update, July 10- July 16

In the last seven days, 3,725 new cases of COVID were reported and three days hit over 700 positive cases. The last time Iowa had that many positive cases was May 2. Unfortunately, there were 38 additional deaths this week, bringing the total to 777. Hospitalizations have gone up to 195, with 65 patients in the [...]

Weekly Coronavirus Update, July 3 – July 9

3,046 new cases of COVID were reported in the last 7 days. Unfortunately, there were 22 additional deaths this week, bringing the total to 739. Hospitalizations have spiked to 168, when just two weeks ago there were 118.    The new surge of COVID cases in Iowa is mostly concentrated in 10 Iowa counties where 60% [...]

Weekly Coronavirus Update, June 19 – June 25

In the last seven days, an additional 2327 new cases of COVID were reported. Sadly, there were 17 additional deaths this week, bringing the total to 694.  Governor Reynolds extended the current public health mitigation measures until July 25, which include requirements to maintain social distancing in public places.  Several Iowa counties are starting to see [...]

House Democratic Lawmakers Call on Governor to Restore Felon Voting Rights

Below is a statement from the 47 members of the Iowa House Democratic Caucus calling on Governor Reynolds to Restore Felon Voting Rights by Executive Order “In the closing days of session, Republican lawmakers chose politics over progress by refusing to allow more Iowans to exercise their right to vote. Iowa is now the only state [...]

Iowa Lawmakers Call for Veto of Voter Suppression Measures

Provisions Tacked on to Budget Bill in Middle of the Night  Des Moines, Iowa -- Two Iowa lawmakers are calling on Governor Reynolds to item-veto a voter suppression measure tacked on to the state budget in the middle of the night by GOP lawmakers before adjourning for the year. “Instead of listening and making it easier [...]

2020 End of Session Remarks; Iowa House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard

2020 End of Session Remarks Iowa House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard   Good afternoon ladies and gentleman. As we turn our thoughts and plans for heading home, I want to thank you all for your work for Iowans. You have been leaders in your districts in a time of crisis.  First off, thank you to all [...]

Coronavirus Update, 6-9-20

On Tuesday there were an additional 260 cases of COVID-19 reported. Iowa now has  22,179 confirmed cases. Unfortunately, another 16 people passed away today from the virus today, bringing the total to 622. Some good news, the number of hospitalized COVID patients has gone down over the last seven days. Just seven days ago there were [...]

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