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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 [...]

Coronavirus Update, 6-8-20

826 additional COVID-19 cases were reported over the weekend and Monday.  There were 17 additional deaths, with the total number of deaths now reaching above 600.  Polk County, Iowa’s most populous county, continues to see an upward climb of COVID cases. The Polk County Department of Health is warning residents that COVID-19 is still spreading significantly, [...]

Coronavirus Update, 6-5-20

387 additional COVID-19 cases were reported on Friday.  There were 11 additional deaths for a total of 589 COVID deaths.  This week, 6,271 people filed initial claims for Iowa unemployment assistance. While this is down almost 50% from last week, it remains historically high. A new COVID-19 Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program will provide short-term [...]

Coronavirus Update, 6-4-20

754 additional COVID-19 cases were reported over the last 24 hours.  There were 20 additional deaths for a total of 578 COVID deaths.  Today was the first day in seven weeks that Test Iowa has finally reached the promised 5,000 tests a day.  A COVID-19 related helpline has been launched by the Office of Latino Affairs, [...]

State Lawmakers & Leaders Introduce Plan for More Perfect Union

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Ras Smith and other Iowa lawmakers joined a coalition of Iowa community leaders today to unveil the More Perfect Union plan, which is aimed at preventing violent conflicts between law enforcement and Iowa residents. “George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, but it could have easily been a man in Mason [...]

Coronavirus Update, 6-3-20

Another 320 COVID-19 cases were reported on Wednesday.  There were 16 additional deaths for a total of 574 COVID deaths.  The total number of COVID-19 cases in Iowa have now surpassed 20,000.  Legislators headed back at Capitol today to finish 2020 Session with #COVID-19 recovery being our top priority. Democratic lawmakers plan to work together to [...]

Coronavirus Update, 6-2-20

Another 264 COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday. Sadly, there were 20 additional deaths, for a total of 558 deaths since COVID began. There are currently 327 Iowans still being hospitalized.  Polk County continues to have the largest number of positive cases with 4,340. Woodbury County has the next highest at 2,785 and Black Hawk County [...]

House Democrats COVID-19 Recovery Agenda

                    Keeping Iowans Healthy  o   Access to affordable health care, including mental health o   Ensure universal access to COVID testing, contact tracing and PPE in all 99 counties o   Keep hospitals and local health care clinics open o   Free coronavirus vaccine once available o   Support mitigation efforts by cities, counties and emergency [...]

Coronavirus Update, 6-1-20

Another 204 COVID-19 cases were reported on Monday and there were 5 additional deaths. Over the last 48 hours there have been a total of almost 900 more cases of COVID, and 18 more deaths. As legislators head back to the statehouse to finish the 2020 Legislative Session, Democratic lawmakers outlined their COVID-19 recovery plan this [...]

 Legislative Democrats Release COVID-19 Recovery Agenda

Focus On Keeping Iowans Healthy and Restoring Financial Security   DES MOINES – Democratic lawmakers outlined their plan today to address the needs of Iowa families and business during the upcoming session of the Iowa Legislature.  The plan was developed by lawmakers to keep legislators focused during the final days of the 2020 session on addressing problems [...]

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