• Another 5,157 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days. Iowa has the sixth-highest COVID-19 positivity rate and the third-highest number of new infections per capita in the country, according to the latest White House coronavirus task force report. Unfortunately there were another 71 deaths this week, bringing the total to 1,205.

 

  • Since March, 71,956 Iowans have been infected with COVID-19.The total number of people in Iowa that have been tested is 689,227, including 35,027 tested this week.  The Iowa Public Health Department is also reporting 281 hospitalizations. In the past 24 hours, 27 patients have been admitted. Also, there are 83 patients in the ICU.

 

  • Starting September 1, evictions of people who lost work as a result of the pandemic are now banned. Those that qualify must make less than $99,000 a year and have no other option besides homelessness. The order applies to as many as 40 million renters across the country and extends until the end of the year. The order, given by the CDC, was put in place to prevent the spread of COVID to homeless shelters, group homes, and temporary housing.  

 

  • Over 100 Iowa schools have reported cases of COVID-19, with some placing whole grades under quarantine. With lack of data from the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa State Education Association has developed their own self-reporting tracking system.  Although voluntary, it at least provides a look at the virus effects on schools and a tool for parents to check: https://iowacovid19tracker.org/covid-19-in-our-schools/

 

  • A reminder that Iowa bars temporarily closed due to COVID mitigation are now eligible for the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program. Bars, taverns, breweries, and wineries 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 began Thursday, Sept. 10 and will be open for two weeks. More information can be found at iowabusinessrecovery.com.