• In the last seven days, an additional 2327 new cases of COVID were reported. Sadly, there were 17 additional deaths this week, bringing the total to 694. 

  • Governor Reynolds extended the current public health mitigation measures until July 25, which include requirements to maintain social distancing in public places. 

  • Several Iowa counties are starting to see an uptick in COVID cases again. In Johnson County, they have seen a double-digit increase in positive cases for the seventh day in a row. Story County has reached 500 positive COVID-19 cases, almost doubling the number of positive cases it had one week ago. 

  • In an Iowa nursing home where 11 residents have died of COVID-19, an investigation found that the facility was allowing its employees to work while exhibiting COVID symptoms and without proper personal protective equipment, called PPE. According to state records, 43 residents of the home have tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • A new survey released this week found Iowa has some of the lowest protections in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

  • 8,542 Iowans filed initial claims for unemployment, a slight decrease from the week prior but still historically high. Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped last week to 10%, down from 10.2% the previous month. While that is a decline, it is higher than any other time in Iowa’s history.

  • Two Test Iowa sites are being closed in Sioux and Wapello County despite increases in COVID cases statewide. There are now only 8 drive-thru Test Iowa sites and 10 Test Iowa clinics. To get tested contact your doctor or take the assessment online at https://www.testiowa.com.