COVID-19

FDA, CDC greenlight updated COVID-19 booster for kids 5 to 11

BY: - October 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The federal government on Wednesday recommended an updated COVID-19 booster for kids between 5 and 11, expanding use of the new bivalent shots beyond people 12 and older. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first authorized the updated vaccines use in the morning before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended them […]

Slow COVID decline continues in Iowa

BY: - October 12, 2022

The state’s COVID-19 infection rate is lower than it’s been since May, and reported cases declined slightly in the past week, according to state data. The state reported 1,718 new confirmed cases on Wednesday among those who weren’t previously infected, a 7% decrease from the previous week’s report. The true number of new infections could […]

Most of Iowa now has ‘low’ COVID infection risk

BY: - October 5, 2022

About two-thirds of Iowa has a low risk of infection by the coronavirus as newly reported cases in the state — and nationwide — continue to decline, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state’s infection rate declined at least 11% this past week, state health officials reported Wednesday. But the […]

COMMENTARY

Red states lose at the U.S. Supreme Court on nursing home vaccine mandate

BY: - October 5, 2022

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and several of her Republican colleagues lost a round to the Biden administration this week. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear their challenge to an administration rule requiring that workers at nursing homes and other health care facilities receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funds get the COVID vaccine. The Biden administration announced the […]

Reported Iowa COVID cases dip 28% in one week

BY: - September 28, 2022

A precipitous decline in the number of documented COVID-19 infections continued this past week in Iowa, with state health officials reporting 2,091 new cases among those who were not previously infected, according to Iowa Department of Health and Human Services data. That number reported Wednesday is a 28% decrease from a week ago, when the […]

Iowa COVID deaths to date this year exceed 2021

BY: - September 21, 2022

The number of Iowans infected with COVID-19 who have died since the start of the pandemic has exceeded 10,000, and the death rate so far this year is greater than in 2021, according to state data. As of the end of August, 1,697 infected people have died since the start of the year. That compares […]

State health department is not reporting COVID-19 reinfections

BY: - September 16, 2022

Iowa does not include subsequent COVID-19 infections of the same person in the number of newly confirmed cases it reports to federal health officials or in the weekly case updates on its website, even though other states do. Further, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services officials say they are unaware of the state’s rate […]

Declines of Iowa COVID cases and hospitalizations continue

BY: - September 14, 2022

The number of state-reported cases of COVID-19 dipped slightly over the past week, and hospitalizations among those infected are trending downward, according to state and federal data. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 4,109 new cases on Wednesday, a 2% decline from a week ago. There were 232 infected people receiving inpatient treatment at […]

Reported COVID cases plummet but hospitalizations inch upward

BY: - September 7, 2022

The latest coronavirus infections reported by Iowa health officials in a weekly Wednesday update were about 15% fewer than what was reported one week ago. Yet, the number of people who have COVID-19 and are receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals was slightly higher than last week, according to federal data. The Iowa Department of […]

COVID-19 vaccine may become annual, like flu shot

BY: - September 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 boosters shots are on track to become as frequent as the annual flu shot, though high-risk people may need more than one dose per year, Biden administration officials said Tuesday. “For a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shot should provide a high […]

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

BY: - September 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and older. These […]

Iowa Workforce Development receives $2.9 million in federal funding

BY: - September 1, 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Iowa Workforce Development a $2.9 million grant to help the state improve its unemployment benefits system. The American Rescue Plan Act provided $26 million in total grant funding to Iowa, California, Michigan, Nevada and West Virginia to help the states improve their unemployment insurance programs. The goal of […]