Polk County bans jail visitors, turns food aid into drive-through

BY: - March 16, 2020

Polk County Supervisor Matt McCoy on Monday announced that county community centers will offer food via drive-throughs while limiting contact among people during the coronavirus outbreak. The county’s network of community centers is closed for events until further notice, McCoy said. Anyone needing help from the food pantries or supplemental foods programs should call ahead […]

Update: All Iowa Catholic bishops now canceling public masses

BY: - March 16, 2020

Update:  The dioceses of Sioux City and Davenport have now announced that public celebrations of mass will be canceled. Bishop Walker Nickless of the Sioux City Diocese said the decision to suspend services for eight weeks was made after Centers for Disease Control recommended no gathering of groups larger than 50. the period includes Holy […]

Community Foundation activates disaster fund

BY: - March 16, 2020

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines has activated its Disaster Recovery Fund in response to the coronavirus, and already has hundreds of thousands of dollars in pledges. Any funds left over from the foundation’s response to the pandemic will remain in the fund to help with future disasters, said Kristi Knous, foundation president. The […]

Iowa panel to take aim at hunting rules for otters, bobcats, turkeys, deer

BY: - March 16, 2020

The Iowa Natural Resource Commission will consider changes to hunting and trapping rules Tuesday during a telephone meeting. Deer, otters, turkeys and bobcats are involved.

Health screening at the Capitol: visitors and staff, not legislators

BY: - March 16, 2020

Staff and visitors to the Iowa Capitol on Monday were ushered into a tent for a health screening as legislators walked past into the building. The Legislature is scheduled to be in session Monday, beginning at 1 p.m., to pass resolutions for government continuity and potential legislation related to the state’s virus response. Legislative leaders […]

Coronavirus delays hog barn maintenance sessions

BY: - March 16, 2020

Iowa State University has postponed four Swine Building Maintenance Workshops scheduled for March 16-24 in Webster City, Le Mars, Nashua and Washington. New dates will be announced later. The postponements are due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino to close temporarily

BY: - March 16, 2020

The Des Moines area’s largest casino, Prairie Meadows, will close its casino and horse racing operations temporarily beginning at 5 p.m. Monday due to the coronavirus outbreak. Casino officials said there have been no known cases of COVID-19 at the Altoona facility east of Iowa’s capital city. The board and casino executives decided to close […]

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Iowa loses 900 nonfarm jobs; unemployment holds at 2.8%

BY: - March 16, 2020

Iowa businesses saw a net loss of 900 jobs in January, the third straight month of cuts in nonfarm employment. The state’s unemployment rate remained at 2.8%, up at tick from 2.7% the year before, according to Iowa Workforce Development. The national rate hit 3.6% in January, up slightly. The number of unemployed Iowans increased […]

Governor calls for school closings as legislative session is suspended

BY: - March 15, 2020

Iowa Gov. Reynolds recommended Sunday that all Iowa schools close for four weeks as part of the state’s response to the escalating community-based spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19. “Based on new information today from the Iowa Department of Public Health, now is the time to move to the next level of response,” Reynolds said Sunday. […]

Coronavirus ‘community spread’ confirmed; governor calls for new precautions

BY: - March 14, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Saturday that COVID-19 has entered a new stage in Iowa with a first case of a Dallas County resident testing positive who did not contract the virus from a known source such as  an out-of-state trip. Iowa has had 18 people test positive for the highly infectious disease caused by […]

U.S. House passes coronavirus response bill; Rep. Steve King votes no

BY: - March 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House early Saturday approved an emergency stimulus package to combat the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump signaled his support for the bill. The multibillion-dollar package aims to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, and mitigate its economic effects as fears of recession loom. The […]

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 […]