COVID-19

COMMENTARY

COVID-19 outbreak: We’re in a crisis. Let’s not waste it.

BY: - March 13, 2020

Shortly after President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, you might remember, then White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel got into a bit of hot water when he observed to an interviewer, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” A decade-and-a-half ago, America was in the throes of The Great Recession, and […]

Reynolds broadens coronavirus response but doesn’t back closing schools, businesses

BY: - March 13, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday a state task force will add representatives from schools, businesses and hospitals to fight a coronavirus outbreak. Seventeen Iowans had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus as of Friday.  That’s an increase of one case over Thursday’s count. An Iowan from Harrison County tested positive for the virus in […]

Dems postpone county conventions; GOP’s are still on

BY: - March 13, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party has postponed its March 21 county conventions due to the coronavirus outbreak. “We have come to the determination that the spreading coronavirus poses a risk that outweighs a temporary delay in moving the caucus-to-convention process forward,” Democratic Party Chairman Mark Smith said in a statement. “This is not an easy decision, […]

Iowa adds two new positive COVID-19 cases for a total of 16

BY: - March 12, 2020

Iowa has two more positive cases of COVID-19, both linked to the same Egyptian cruise that is responsible for most of the positive cases in the state. The new positive cases bring the total number to 16 in Iowa.  Both are adults between the ages of 61 and 80; one is from Johnson County and […]

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Iowa Judicial Branch sets rules for coronavirus response

BY: - March 12, 2020

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen has issued an order governing how the courts will operate amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus that’s currently spreading in the United States and in many countries around the world. “Preparation is key to minimizing coronavirus/COVID-19 impact on the services the judicial branch provides Iowans,” […]

Coronavirus ‘social distancing’ raises concerns about Iowa’s blood supply

BY: - March 12, 2020

Canceling university classes and other “social distancing” measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 could have an unintended public health consequence: reducing the state’s and nation’s blood supply. Stacy Sime, president and CEO of Lifeserve Blood Center, said as of Wednesday, nine blood drives had been canceled, reducing collections by about 275 units of […]

State revenue estimates hold steady; officials say impact of COVID-19 is uncertain

BY: - March 12, 2020

Citing the lack of hard evidence that state revenues will be affected by the early stages of COVID-19, Iowa’s three-member Revenue Estimating Conference kept its projections largely the same for the current budget year and next year. “The sky is not falling.  It’s a little cloudier than usual but Iowa has a stable, albeit slowly […]

Coronavirus in Iowa: News roundup

BY: - March 11, 2020

Governor’s office reports 14th Iowa coronavirus case Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office on Wedneday reported a 14th case of coronavirus in the state, just one more than was reported on Tuesday. An additional 21 tests were negative. The newest case is an adult between 61 and 80 years old from Johnson County, who was part of […]

Top health officials warn of coronavirus: ‘It’s going to get worse’ 

BY: - March 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials painted a dire picture of the novel coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday, warning members of Congress that the public health crisis is far from over. “Is the worst yet to come?” House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious […]

Hand sanitizer and mah-jongg: How the Branstads are coping with coronavirus in China

BY: - March 11, 2020

Ambassador Terry Branstad hasn’t had so much as the sniffles in the time he’s served as the United States’ top diplomat in China. “You know, amazing thing, I’ve been here in China over two and a half years, and I’ve not even had a cold,” Branstad said in a phone interview from Beijing. He said […]

Reynolds: Iowa emergency crews checking supplies, plans as coronavirus spreads in U.S.

BY: - March 10, 2020

Iowa’s emergency response officials are checking supplies and developing specific plans for a possible Iowa outbreak of coronavirus, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday. “They are doing a pre-pandemic assessment because we should,” Reynolds told reporters. “We are meeting with state agencies and (human resources officials) to make sure we know what are essential services” in […]

Reynolds: ‘The reality is that COVID-19 is now here’

BY: - March 10, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office announced five new cases of coronavirus late Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Iowa to 13. All but one of the 13 Iowans who have tested positive for coronavirus are Johnson County residents who were on a cruise to Egypt along with nine other Iowans, Gov. Kim […]