• 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 1,079. The state also reported the first child has died of COVID. As of this week, 89% of Iowa’s 1,079 COVID-19 deaths have been among people older than 60, according to the health department.

 

  • Governor Kim Reynolds issued a new proclamation today, closing bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and nightclubs in Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk, and Story Counties starting TODAY at 5pm (August 27, 2020 until September 21, 2020). Businesses that receive at least half of their monthly income in food sales may remain open and all businesses can remain open for to-go orders only. Restaurants are being asked to stop selling alcohol at 10PM unless they are to-go.

 

  • The Governor also strongly encouraged face coverings but did not issue a requirement of face coverings in public places. This ignores the guidance from the White House Coronavirus Task Force earlier this month said Iowa should require face coverings in 48 of 99 counties. 

 

  • Iowa college towns continue to see the highest jump in new cases. On Monday, the University of Iowa reported COVID-19 case count with 107 students and four employees with the virus (these numbers only reflect those who have self-reported positive tests since Aug. 18). Iowa State University is reporting 130 COVID-19 cases for the first week of classes.

 

 

  • The Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program has been expanded and extended.  Iowa small businesses and nonprofits, who have experienced a loss in revenue due to COVID-19 between March 17th and October 15th, may be eligible for a grant to help pay up to four months in utility costs.  Applications are being approved on a rolling basis until October 31st, or until the funds have been exhausted.  For more information on eligibility requirements and to apply visit, https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/Business/energy-recovery.