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Iowa gains six more COVID-19 cases

BY: - March 18, 2020

Iowa has six more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 29, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported. Three of the new cases were in Johnson County, and there was one each confirmed in Adair, Black Hawk and Dallas counties. Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday declared an emergency, limiting restaurants to takeout and […]

Nursing home inspectors focus on infections as Trump rolls back regulations

BY: - March 18, 2020

With the coronavirus outbreak growing, Iowa’s nursing home inspectors are focusing on infections that threaten the 55,000 elderly and disabled Iowans now living in long-term care facilities. The focus on infection control has been suggested by the same federal agency that has been working for months to ease Obama-era nursing home regulations intended to minimize […]

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Iowa business group launches survey to help in COVID-19 response

BY: - March 17, 2020

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is surveying area businesses to assess their needs, look for innovative approaches to the partial shutdown, and to share information, said CEO Jay Byers. “This is a time of unprecedented innovation and creativity,” Byers said. “What are the ways that businesses can pivot? Restaurants could adopt an aggressive takeout strategy, […]

State panel gives initial approval to new hunting, trapping seasons

BY: - March 17, 2020

The Iowa Natural Resource Commission on Tuesday gave initial approval to new rules that would allow people to kill more otters, bobcats, turkeys and deer in parts the state. The commission will accept comments through April 28 before a final vote is taken. Based on state research showing stronger numbers, the state wants to allow hunters […]

DNR chief: No park closures for now

BY: - March 17, 2020

Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Kayla Lyon said Tuesday the state parks will remain open for now. That said, the governor has banned gatherings of more than 10 people. “We are going to continue to do as much as we can as a department,” Lyon told the Iowa Natural Resource Commission, which met by […]

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Corteva confirms COVID-19 case in Johnston

BY: - March 17, 2020

An employee at Corteva Agriscience’s Johnston campus tested positive for COVID-19 this week, the company confirmed. Many employees were told to work at home beginning this week. “We can confirm that an employee at our Johnston office has tested positive for COVID-19,” said company spokesman Gregg Schmidt, via email from company headquarters in Wilmington, Del. […]

Marcus Branstad self-isolating family after day care closes as a precaution

BY: - March 17, 2020

Iowa state natural resources commissioner Marcus Branstad is staying home with his family after his child’s day care closed to help guard against the spread of coronavirus. One of the parents of another child at the center works at a hospital where an employee tested positive for COVID-19. No one at the day care had […]

St. Patrick’s Day parties interrupted by order closing bars; restaurant owners worry about impact

BY: - March 17, 2020

The threat of COVID-19 couldn’t stop St. Patrick’s Day bar patrons from decking out in shamrocks and green and celebrating the holiday Tuesday morning. But an emergency declaration from Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds about 10:15 a.m. halted partying plans for Iowans. She shut down all bars and dine-in restaurant services by noon in an emergency […]

Reynolds enacts state of emergency; closes bars, other businesses

BY: - March 17, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds cut St. Patrick’s Day celebrations short on Tuesday, declaring a State Public Health Emergency related to COVID-19 response and mitigation. The declaration closed bars, theaters, fitness centers, casinos and other recreational facilities beginning at noon, and requires restaurants to shift their business to carry-out and delivery only, at least until March […]

Culture of secrecy allowed nurse to keep harming patients

BY: - March 17, 2020

Last summer, federal prosecutor Timothy Vavricek stood before a judge and tried to explain how Katie Boll had bounced from one Iowa nursing job to the next, stealing pain killers from hospice patients who had only days to live. “She was a nurse at UnityPoint, was fired, then she’s up working again at Manchester, doing […]

Lawmakers give governor ‘broad powers’ to run government

BY: - March 16, 2020

Iowa lawmakers approved legislation late Monday and early Tuesday to give Gov. Kim Reynolds broad authority to run state government for at least 30 days while the Legislature suspends its session to try to curb the spread of COVID-19. If the Legislature is unable to reconvene after 30 days, lawmakers voted to provide spending authority […]

Panel: Government meetings must stay open during virus outbreak

BY: - March 16, 2020

The Iowa Public Information Board has notified local governments that they must continue to follow the open meetings and open records law during the coronavirus outbreak, even if it means holding a properly disclosed electronic meeting. The board provided advice on how to hold a meeting electronically. The required 24 hours notice of the time […]