• The seven day COVID case total for Iowa was 3,363 cases. Unfortunately, with 52 additional deaths this week, there have now been 906 Iowans who have passed away due to COVID-19 in the past five months. 

 

  • Since March, 47,141 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19. And in the month of July there were 15,533 positive cases. Counties with the highest case counts are Polk, Woodbury, Black Hawk, Linn, and Johnson and 48% of those that test positive are ages 18-40 years old.

 

  • After announcing last week that the county must have 15% positive coronavirus test rates where a school is located for over 14 days and at least 10% absenteeism among students prior to a school being able to apply for full online learning, Governor Reynolds doubled down this week saying schools that don’t follow the rules will not receive credit for days of online only instruction. Some Iowans are criticizing the decision saying using a one-size-fits-all approach is putting students, teachers, and school staff at risk.

 

  • Iowa nonprofits that have been impacted by COVID-19 are now eligible for assistance. Funds can be used for continuing operations, providing increased services and support, or to reopen the nonprofit following the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits can learn more about requirements and apply by August 15 at: https://bit.ly/3ftpCzS

 

  • Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is warning Iowans to avoid certain types of face masks, which may be sold using deceptive claims that may provide inadequate protection from COVID-19. Some retail stores and online sites are selling Chinese-made KN95 masks that do not meet the performance standards of a 95% filtration mask.

 

  • It was announced that $125 million in federal CARES act dollars will go to Iowa’s cities and counties to help local governments with COVID-19 related costs, such as medical supplies, payroll for healthcare workers and technology costs for providing remote services.