• 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 total to 1,134. Iowa now has an average of about 6 people per day dying of COVID-19. 

 

  • Since March, 66,799 Iowans have been infected with COVID-19. According to the New York Times tracker, Iowa and South Dakota are now the worst states in the nation for new COVID-19 positives per capita. Worldwide, only three small nations have higher rates. Iowa is one of the top coronavirus hotspots in the entire world. 

 

  • With Iowa’s coronavirus cases increasing at the highest rate in the nation, a document from the White House Coronavirus Task Force asked Governor Reynolds to take steeper mitigation efforts, including issuing a mask mandate. The Governor has refused to take the advice from public health officials. 

 

  • Iowa bars temporarily closed due to COVID mitigation are now eligible for the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program. Bars in six counties, Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk and Story County are eligible for a one-time $10,000 grant to assist with cash flow. The application period will begin Thursday, Sept. 10 and be open for two weeks. More information can be found at iowabusinessrecovery.com.

Test Iowa sites will be closed during the Labor Day holiday. There are 8 drive-thru Test Iowa sites and 15 Test Iowa clinics. To find a test site go to:  https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/. To get tested contact your doctor or take the assessment online at: https://www.testiowa.com