Iowa joins third lawsuit against federal vaccine mandates

BY: - November 10, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that Iowa has joined a third lawsuit against federal vaccine mandates. The newest lawsuit targets a federal mandate that requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if they work at health care facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funds. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirement gives staff one […]

Dubuque, Johnson and rural counties fuel new COVID uptick

BY: - November 10, 2021

New, confirmed coronavirus cases are rising again in Iowa despite dwindling or stagnant infection rates in some of the state’s largest counties. One reason is Dubuque County, where the two-week infection rate doubled in the past month, according to state data. “I know we are not plateauing yet this week, and I don’t know what’s […]

Iowa counties launch COVID clinics for kids this week

BY: - November 9, 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 are becoming widely available this week with county health departments receiving their first shipments of vaccine doses. Many counties received their first allotment of doses on Monday, and all counties should have them by week’s end, said Sarah Ekstrand, a spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Public […]

Iowa receives $5.3 million for tourism ads, improving rest stops

BY: - November 8, 2021

Iowa will use a $5.27 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to promote tourism to the state and improve technology at four state-owned rest stops. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced Monday that the department has awarded $314 million in a first round of state grants. The money is meant to assist […]

COVID-19 infections up 6% in Iowa, averaging 1,100 new cases per day

BY: - November 5, 2021

The average daily number of newly reported cases of COVID-19 in Iowa has increased by almost 6% over the past week. The seven-day average of new cases reported each day in Iowa is still 10 times what it was in early June, according to the Washington Post’s COVID-19 tracker. Throughout the past several weeks, Iowa […]

Tyson faces new legal challenges over its pandemic response

BY: - November 5, 2021

Tyson Foods is facing new challenges in its effort to dispose of lawsuits that accuse the company of failing to protect workers from injury and death caused by COVID-19. In the past few months, the U.S. Department of Justice has sided with Tyson workers on a key element of the case. Also, a federal judge […]

Iowa Republicans condemn, promise to challenge employer vaccine rules

BY: - November 4, 2021

President Joe Biden’s long-awaited announcement of federal vaccine regulations for large employers prompted swift opposition Thursday from Iowa Republicans. Beginning in January 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will require many large, private employees to mandate vaccines, or regular testing and face coverings, for their staff. Soon after the announcement, Gov. Kim Reynolds promised […]

Federal vaccine rule for private businesses to kick in on Jan. 4

BY: - November 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Many private employers beginning in January will have to ensure their workers either are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they will undergo weekly testing and wear a face covering, under a new federal rule announced Thursday by the White House. The policy from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is set to […]

Iowa’s nursing home outbreaks during pandemic now top 500

BY: - November 3, 2021

There have been 504 outbreaks of COVID-19 in Iowa nursing homes since the beginning of the pandemic, newly disclosed state records show. Those outbreaks have resulted in 16,447 infections among staff and residents, according to the data from the Iowa Department of Public Health. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says 2,497 Iowa nursing […]

COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 cleared by CDC

BY: - November 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed off on giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to all kids ages 5 to 11, a final decision that means those children can begin receiving shots as soon as Wednesday. Vials of the pediatric version of the vaccine have already been shipped to states, so they […]

IDPH worker accused of Facebook privacy violation wins jobless benefits

BY: - November 2, 2021

An Iowa Department of Public Health worker fired for allegedly violating privacy guidelines through a Facebook post is entitled to collect unemployment benefits, a state judge has ruled. Zhen Rammelsberg worked for IDPH as a full-time COVID-19 contact tracer beginning in September 2020, according to state records. She was fired on April 1 of this […]

Iowa prepares for child COVID-19 vaccine rollout

BY: - November 2, 2021

Iowa was preparing to launch the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine even before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave its final approval on Tuesday. A CDC advisory panel recommended the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday for children ages 5 to 11. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off, making kids across the U.S. eligible for […]