COVID-19

Iowa COVID-19 cases rise while hospitalization decreases

BY: - June 29, 2022

The state of Iowa has seen a 22% increase in reported COVID-19 cases in the past seven days, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported Wednesday.  A total of 4,787 Iowans have reported testing positive for COVID-19 over the past week — roughly 684 per day, the state agency reported. That is up from 3,919 […]

COVID vaccines for young children arrive in Iowa this week

BY: - June 22, 2022

COVID-19 vaccine doses for infants and toddlers are due to arrive in Iowa this week after federal regulators approved their use last weekend, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Children older than 6 months and younger than 5 years are now eligible for the vaccines. About 23,500 vaccine doses for those children will […]

FDA greenlights emergency use of COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: - June 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized emergency use of two COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5, moving the country one step closer to having shots for all age groups. The decision leaves just one hurdle, a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before parents can begin getting babies […]

FDA outside advisers recommend Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: - June 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Parents of children under 5 are one step closer to vaccinating their young kids against COVID-19 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine panel recommended emergency use authorizations of two COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday. The 21-person Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted unanimously to recommend the FDA approve emergency use […]

Iowa COVID cases flatten; hospitalizations rise 11% from last week

BY: - June 15, 2022

New confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to hover near the 4,000-per-week mark, and despite a slight dip this past week, hospitalizations were up 11%, according to state and federal data released on Wednesday. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 3,987 new cases — or about 570 per day — for the past week. That’s […]

Will it be ‘every state for themselves’ as the federal COVID cash dries up?

BY: - June 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — State and local health departments remain in limbo over whether they’ll need to single-handedly fund their own COVID-19 vaccines and treatments as a stalemate in Congress drags into its fourth month. The Biden administration has raised alarm bells about the risk of inaction after sending Congress a request for $22.5 billion in early […]

Nurse admits stealing patient’s drugs, citing stress from COVID-19 deaths

BY: - June 9, 2022

An Iowa nursing home worker who admitted stealing a resident’s painkillers says the stress of watching more than a dozen COVID-19 patients die alone contributed to her use of cocaine and other drugs. The Iowa Board of Nursing recently suspended the license of nurse Kelsey Baxter of Waterloo, in part for the theft of a […]

COVID cases rise again in Iowa; hospitalizations fall

BY: - June 8, 2022

New confirmed coronavirus cases in Iowa jumped 11% in the past week, which snapped a two-week streak of stagnating infection rates, according to new Iowa Department of Public Health data released Wednesday. There were 4,283 new COVID-19 cases in the past week reported to the state, or about 612 per day. That’s a new high […]

High-profile celebrity lawyer sanctioned by Iowa judge for ‘lack of candor’

BY: - June 8, 2022

An Iowa judge has taken the unusual step of sanctioning and limiting the practice of a high-profile Illinois attorney for his alleged “lack of candor” with the court. U.S. District Court Judge C.J. Williams, who works out of the Cedar Rapids courthouse in the Northern District of Iowa, has filed a written opinion and order […]

OSHA requires JBS to implement disease preparedness measures at seven plants

BY: - June 5, 2022

By Madison McVan, Investigate Midwest The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is requiring JBS, one of the largest meatpacking companies in the country, to take steps to prevent future disease outbreaks at seven of its plants. The settlement announced Friday signals the resolution of two OSHA citations issued to JBS for failing to protect workers from the […]

COVID vaccine for kids under 5 could be available as soon as June 21

BY: - June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing to ship out to the states millions of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 in the coming weeks, likely ending months of waiting for parents and caregivers. White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha said Thursday that if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of […]

Iowa COVID hospitalizations jump 29% in one week

BY: - June 1, 2022

There were 180 people infected by the coronavirus receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals on Wednesday, a sizeable increase over the past week despite fewer new confirmed cases reported by state health officials. That number was a 29% increase from a week ago, when 139 were hospitalized, according to the U.S. Department of Health and […]