• Another 7,752 Iowans were infected with COVID-19 in the past seven days. A total of 110,974 have contracted the virus in Iowa since March. Unfortunately, there were 89 more deaths this week. Iowa has seen a 16% two-week increase in deaths. 

 

  • Iowa hospitals are seeing a surge in cases as well, with 530 Iowans currently being hospitalized. Iowa is one of 37 states that are reporting increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations, with hospitalization rates doubling in the last month. Iowa’s previous hospitalization spike in the spring, started plummeting in May, as a shutdown of many businesses and activities helped rein in Iowa’s outbreak.

 

  • Iowa nursing homes continue to be hot spots, the state reported 68 outbreaks at the long-term care facilities as of Wednesday. So far, 1,748 residents and staff members have tested positive at the centers, and 787 have died. 

 

  • Governor Reynolds announced today that she plans to close two-thirds of the Test Iowa drive-up coronavirus testing sites. The Test Iowa program currently runs two drive-up testing sites in Des Moines, plus one each in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport and Waterloo.

 

  • Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program was launched to help Iowans with their utilities. The program, by Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), provides income eligible households who are at risk of disconnection due to COVID-19 up to $2,000 for electric, natural gas and water bills. Payments through the program will be made directly to utility providers and applied to the applicant’s account.  Iowans may visit iowahousingrecovery.com to apply for assistance or to obtain additional information.  Applications are accepted until November 20, 2020, or until funding is depleted.