Federal health officials open up access to COVID-19 booster shots to all U.S. adults

BY: - November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Friday moved to expand access to COVID-19 booster shots to all American adults, in an effort to bolster protection against infections as case counts rise again across the United States. Officials with the Food and Drug Administration authorized booster shots for anyone over age 18 who received their second […]

Iowa movement opposing vaccine mandates grew during pandemic

BY: - November 19, 2021

Iowa’s years-long movement against vaccine mandates has grown significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, with several “medical freedom” groups gaining followers and political influence. Protests against mask mandates and vaccine requirements have become commonplace in Iowa in recent months, with ralliers gathering outside hospitals and in the Capitol rotunda. One of the primary organizers is Informed […]

Nursing home outbreaks remain level at 29, with slight decline in infections

BY: - November 18, 2021

There are 29 Iowa nursing homes with active, ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, and 269 infections associated with those outbreaks. That’s a slight decrease from last week, when there were 29 active nursing home outbreaks and 275 infections associated with them. On Nov. 2, there were 23 Iowa care facilities with current, active outbreaks, according to the Iowa […]

Pandemic fatigue: Centerville schools take full week off for Thanksgiving

BY: - November 17, 2021

The state’s overall coronavirus infection rate is on the rise again as Thanksgiving approaches, according to the latest state data, and a southern Iowa school district decided it’s time for a break. Well, a longer break than it initially planned. The Centerville Community School District and its more than 1,200 students will have no class […]

Nurse aide fired for refusing vaccine and testing is denied jobless benefits

BY: - November 17, 2021

A nurse aide who was fired for refusing to be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 is not entitled to collect unemployment benefits in Iowa, a state judge has ruled. The ruling comes in the wake of newly passed legislation intended to shield Iowa workers from being fired for refusing to be vaccinated against the virus. […]

Some states forge ahead with COVID-19 booster shots for all adults

BY: - November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are expected as soon as Friday to expand access to COVID-19 booster shots to all American adults. But some states aren’t waiting for a green light from D.C. At least six states already have opened up eligibility for the boosters from Pfizer and Moderna beyond the categories specified by federal […]

Federal judge sides with GOP states challenging limits on tax cuts in pandemic relief law

BY: - November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Alabama has ruled in favor of 13 Republican-led states — including Iowa, Florida, New Hampshire, Kansas and Montana — that sued the federal government over a section of a coronavirus relief bill that barred states from using relief money to offset tax cuts. The ruling, which granted a permanent […]

Smithfield settlement can’t be used in COVID lawsuits

BY: - November 16, 2021

Smithfield Foods agreed this week to pay the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration $13,494 to settle a citation for failing to protect its meatpacking employees in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, from exposure to the coronavirus last year, but the company didn’t admit it did anything wrong. As such, the settlement can’t be “used or […]

Audit finds Iowa governor wrongfully used federal aid for staff salaries

BY: - November 16, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds improperly used $450,000 of federal COVID-19 relief funds to pay 21 staff members, according to a new state audit. Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand released the report on Monday. It reveals that the Office of the Governor used $448,448 of federal coronavirus relief funds to pay salaries and benefits for 21 employees […]

Community college sued over COVID-19 mitigation efforts

BY: - November 16, 2021

A community college in Black Hawk County is being sued by a former employee who claims the school failed to adequately enforce COVID-19 mitigation efforts. In lawsuit filed recently in U.S. District Court, Christen Everett alleges she worked for Hawkeye Community College as an academic advisor from February 2018 through May 2021, when she was […]

States, cities face deadline for proving how quickly they’ve helped renters in crisis

BY: - November 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — States, cities and counties that excelled at distributing emergency federal aid to renters struggling during the pandemic may soon be rewarded — with yet more cash. Their new funding would be drawn from sluggish states and localities that didn’t move as swiftly to help people facing eviction and homelessness, who were targeted for […]

Iowa’s nursing home outbreaks are up 26% this month

BY: - November 12, 2021

There are 29 Iowa nursing homes with active, ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, and 275 infections associated with those outbreaks. That’s an increase of 26% from Nov. 2, when there were 23 Iowa care facilities with current, active outbreaks, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. At that time, there were 226 infections tied to active […]