• 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 with a positivity rate above 15%. Humboldt, Wright, Clinton, Davis, and Lucas counties top the list.

 

  • This week it was announced that there were widespread inaccuracies in the state’s coronavirus data by the Iowa Department of Public Health including backdating both positive and negative tests and some facilities not reporting negative cases.  Iowans are extremely concerned about the flawed calculations that help guide decisions on school openings and enrollment this month. 

 

  • Iowa farmers that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic including price declines and additional marketing costs, can apply for direct relief from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The USDA is accepting applications through September 11 at: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap. Producers should apply through the Farm Service Agency at their local USDA Service Center.

 

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved funding for Iowans through the Lost Wages Assistance program, which provides eligible unemployment claimants with additional benefits. Iowans whose unemployment is the result of the pandemic, and who are eligible for at least $100 in benefits per week, will qualify for an additional $300 in weekly benefits retroactive to the week ending August 1. More information, eligibility requirements and the application process are available at iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov. Unfortunately, the weekly benefits will only be half of what Iowans who were laid off due to the pandemic received before July 31 approved by Congress in the CARES Act. 

 

  • The Iowa Medical Society, which represents 6,000 Iowa physicians, residents and medical students, released a statement saying the COVID-19 death rate could have been lower if mitigation action was taken sooner including more extensive testing and restrictive mandates. Iowans are still strongly encouraged to wear masks in public places, not gather in large groups, and social distance as much as possible.