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Coronavirus Update, 5-19-20

Another 341 positive cases were reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 15,296. There were an additional 12 deaths.  98 of Iowa’s 99 counties now have at least one case of COVID-19. 46% of Iowa’s cases are in Polk, Black Hawk, and Woodbury counties.  A brief survey for Iowa small [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-18-20

Another 304 positive cases were reported on Monday as overall testing dipped again down to just 2,603. There were an additional four deaths and 97 of Iowa’s 99 counties now have at least one COVID-19 case.  A new investigation released today is calling the state’s response time to COVID into question. According to the Associated Press, [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-15-20

Positive cases in Iowa hit over 14,000 for the first time today. Officials also reported another 18 deaths, the 2nd highest total on record.  As more businesses are eligible to open beginning Friday, the Iowa Dept. of Public Health is encouraging businesses to follow this guidance if they decide to reopen. As farmers struggle with [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-14-20

Another 386 positive cases were reported on Thursday bringing the total to 13,675. 12 new deaths were also reported and the number of Iowans hospitalized jumped up over 400 again.  Legislative leaders suspended session again and Iowa lawmakers will now return to work on June 3 to complete their work. State leaders also announced that Iowa’s [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-13-20

Iowa officials reported another 17 deaths on Wednesday with another 377 positive cases. The number of hospitalizations also ticked back up today to 388.  While the number of positive cases and outbreaks continue to increase, the Governor took additional steps today to loosen public health measures used to slow the spread of the virus. The new [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-12-20

Iowa officials reported another 539 positive cases and 18 new deaths on Tuesday. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Iowa is now just shy of 13,000 and is 14th highest per capita in the US.  Woodbury County saw another huge surge of 319 cases today. The cases originated in Nebraska weeks ago, but the [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-11-20

Iowa officials reported 414 new positive cases on Monday, which was 16% of the tests processed. There were six additional deaths reported.  After being exposed to the coronavirus in Washington, DC last week, Governor Reynolds announced today she is under a “modified” quarantine plan which includes regular temperature checks and daily testing. The state epidemiologist was [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-8-20

Another 398 positive cases were reported on Friday bringing the total 11,457 in Iowa. There were 12 more deaths.  Public health officials in Black Hawk County, home of the Tyson Plant in Waterloo which made national headlines because of an outbreak, said there were 1,031 positive cases of the coronavirus among the 2,800 workers. That’s more [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-7-20

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 [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-6-20

Another 293 positive cases were reported on Wednesday as deaths and hospitalizations both continued to climb. Positive cases have been reported in 91 Iowa counties. State officials released their plan to support child care providers during the pandemic. Direct assistance is available to both child care centers and in-home care centers still operating and those that [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-5-20

408 positive cases were reported on Tuesday pushing Iowa past 10,000. The number of deaths passed 200 for the first time with a new daily record of 19. Hospitalizations also continued to increase and topped 400.  For the first time, the Governor finally reported the number of positive cases at meat processing or manufacturing facilities in [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-4-20

Another 534 positive cases were reported on Monday bringing the total positive cases in Iowa 9,703. Outbreaks at long-term care facilities continue to increase and it’s up to 28 statewide today.   State officials have confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for staff or residents at five of the six human services facilities in Iowa. The largest outbreak [...]

Coronavirus Update, 5-1-20

A record high of COVID-19 cases were reported on Friday with 739. There were 345 hospitalizations and unfortunately there were another eight deaths, bringing the total of Iowa deaths due to COVID-19 to 170.  Two COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites are available to essential workers in Waterloo and Des Moines. Iowans should go to to fill [...]

Coronavirus Update, 4-30-20

Iowa officials reported a record 14 deaths from COVID-10 on Thursday. There were 302 new positive cases and hospitalizations continue to rise as well.  Another 28,827 Iowans filed initial claims for state unemployment benefits last week, up from the week before. That makes 260,000 new claims filed in the last six weeks, the most since the [...]

Coronavirus Update, 4-29-20

Iowa officials reported 467 positive cases on Wednesday with a record high 12 deaths and 323 hospitalizations. As positive cases continue to increase, Iowa has yet to reach the peak.  With the outbreak of COVID-19, the Iowa Secretary of State is encouraging Iowans to vote from home for the primary election coming up in June. All [...]

Coronavirus Update, 4-28-20

Iowa officials reported another 508 positive cases on Tuesday and another 9 deaths, bringing the total to 136. Overall, the percent of positive cases is still increasing daily and it hit 16% today.  Another seven outbreaks at long-term care facilities was also reported, which is a huge 44% increase in one day bringing the total outbreaks [...]

Coronavirus Update, 4-27-20

Iowa officials reported 349 new positive cases on Monday with 9 deaths and a record 300 Iowans hospitalized. Overall, the percent of positive cases is still increasing daily and Iowa now has the fastest growing rate of positive coronavirus cases in the country.  Despite rising cases and Iowa’s peak still weeks away, Governor Reynolds announced [...]

Coronavirus Update, 4-24-20

Iowa officials reported a record 521 new positive cases and a record 11 deaths on Friday. Overall, the percent of positive cases being reported is still increasing.  State officials also confirmed the coronavirus peak isn’t expected for another 2-3 weeks.  Despite the increasing number of positive cases and outbreaks, the Governor began loosening public health measures [...]


“Instead of sending mixed signals, the Governor needs to provide clear leadership to bring Iowa out of this pandemic safely. The Governor didn’t provide the information necessary today to demonstrate to Iowans that it is safe to loosen restrictions that prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If the Governor announces additional steps to relax restrictions on [...]

Coronavirus Update, 4-23-20

Iowa officials reported another 176 positive cases and six deaths on Thursday. Currently, 282 Iowans are hospitalized and another new outbreak was reported at a long-term care facility in Linn County.  The COVID-19 Legal Advice Hotline is available to help Iowans with free legal advice related to the COVID-19 at:  Para Español: Another 27,912 [...]

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