COVID-19

Iowa adds nine COVID-19 cases for total of 38

BY: - March 18, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health said it was notified of nine new positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 38 positive cases. The department reported that three of the people affected are residents of Johnson County; two are from Polk County, two are from Dallas County; and one each is […]

Drake Relays postponed indefinitely

BY: - March 18, 2020

Des Moines’ Drake University has postponed the 2020 Drake Relays, as well as Drake Road Races and Grand Blue Mile. The university announced Tuesday that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was indefinitely postponing the 111th edition of the Drake Relays, previously scheduled for April 22-25. Recent directives from the Centers for Disease Control and […]

There’s still time to rescue Iowa’s small businesses, experts say

BY: - March 18, 2020

No amount of disinfectant spray or disposable towels can wipe away the fears Heather Ann Roe feels for the future of her small business. On Monday, she decided to shut the doors to her little East Village shop, KIN, after long deliberation. At the nearly one-year-old business, Roe sold crystals, jewelry, books and perfume. She […]

Rural hospital expansions may be small, despite federal action

BY: - March 18, 2020

Despite federal action allowing Iowa’s rural hospitals to expand their patient capacity due to the coronavirus, hospital officials say they’re not likely to grow very much. Iowa has 82 critical access hospitals that are relatively small and located in rural areas of the state. They supplement the care provided by 40 larger, acute care hospitals […]

Des Moines, West Des Moines water works close offices to public

BY: - March 18, 2020

Both the Des Moines Water Works and the West Des Moines Water Works have closed their offices to the public, so payments will need to be made online or by phone or mail. Des Moines Water Works also has suspended home service calls except for emergencies. The utility serving nearly a half-million people also won’t […]

Regents president declares emergency, universities cancel commencement

BY: - March 18, 2020

Iowa Board of Regents President Mike Richards has declared an emergency at the institutions and has moved to make it easier for employees to take time off during the COVID-19 outbreak. All three state universities have canceled commencement and will only offer courses online for the rest of the spring semester, the schools announced. Many […]

Cedar Rapids waste agency suspends drop-offs

BY: - March 18, 2020

The Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency has suspended residential drop-off services during the COVID-19 outbreak. The closure covers the facilities at 1954 County Home Road and 2250 A Street S.W. Curbside collections will continue on normal schedules.

Laid-off workers asked to file online for unemployment benefits

BY: - March 18, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development is encouraging workers impacted by COVID-19 closures to apply for unemployment benefits online to reduce large gatherings at the office. Customers who do not have online access can call the unemployment insurance customer service line at 1-866-239-0843 and staff can file claims for over the phone. Iowa Workforce Development announced earlier this […]

DOT delays driver’s license renewals

BY: - March 18, 2020

You won’t have to renew your Iowa driver’s license until after the COVID-19 outbreak passes, if it expired on Jan. 17 or later, the Iowa Department of Transportation reported. The same goes for vehicle registrations, titles and license plates. Driver’s license renewals are by appointment only until further notice. Trucks hauling food, medical supplies, cleaning […]

Iowa Secretary of State’s Office closes lobby; encourages online filing

BY: - March 18, 2020

The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office has closed its lobby in the Lucas Building in Des Moines through March 27 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The office is directing customers to its Fast Track Filing (FTF) system or its legacy filing system. The following can be filed through FTF (https://filings.sos.iowa.gov):  certificate of organization, articles of […]

Des Moines closes city buildings; parks remain open

BY: - March 18, 2020

Des Moines has banned public access to City Hall and other major city buildings through at least April 12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. All deadlines have been suspended indefinitely for city permits, licenses, certifications and fines. City parks remain open. However, the Fourmile and Pioneer-Columbus recreation centers are closed, as are restrooms at Gray’s […]

Des Moines area bus service giving free rides

BY: - March 18, 2020

The Des Moines area bus service DART has stopped taking fares temporarily due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The agency, the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, asks riders to board the bus from the rear door if they are able. Riders are asked to stay 6 feet away from other passengers and the driver. The […]