Grassley questions changing mask policies, says CDC has ‘poor public relations’

BY: - July 28, 2021

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday federal health officials’ changing recommendations on mask-wearing could test their credibility and confuse Iowans and other U.S. residents. Grassley, R-Iowa, added that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has “poor public relations,” in his view. Mask-wearing turned into a political controversy during the coronavirus pandemic, with many […]

Ernst: Wearing a mask in school is a family decision, despite new CDC guidance

BY: - July 27, 2021

Parents should decide whether their children wear masks to school even if new federal guidelines recommend them for all students, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said Tuesday. CNN reported shortly before Ernst’s phone call with Iowa reporters that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was expected to recommend that everyone in a […]

Iowa’s COVID cases jump nearly 250% in two weeks

BY: - July 26, 2021

Iowa’s daily COVID-19 cases have spiked nearly 250% in the past two weeks, but remain at levels similar to the beginning of the pandemic early last year, the New York Times reported.  There are signs of trouble in the latest rise in Iowa cases, as the more contagious delta variant continues to dominate. Though the […]


GOP officials urge vaccinations but is Iowa prepared for delta variant?

BY: - July 26, 2021

 U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley took to Twitter last week to encourage all eligible Iowans and Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “The Delta variant scares me so I hope those that haven’t been vaccinated will reconsider,” he wrote. Ive said this to several Iowa reporters again this wk but I’ll amplify it here: I encourage […]

Many health care workers don’t trust vaccine, nationally and in Iowa

BY: - July 20, 2021

A small survey of health care workers in Iowa care facilities suggests many of them don’t believe the COVID-19 vaccines are safe. The survey by Iowa Caregivers elicited responses from only 20 direct-care workers, but the results are consistent with some of the broader, national surveys and findings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]


Delta variant makes it even more important to get a COVID-19 vaccine, even if you’ve already had the coronavirus

BY: - July 17, 2021

As someone who studies immune responses to respiratory infections, I’ve watched news of the emerging coronavirus variants with concern. I wondered whether vaccination or previous infection would provide protection against SARS-CoV-2 strains, especially the new, highly transmissible delta variant, which has rapidly spread to at least 70 countries. A person can develop immunity – the […]

Iowa ranks 26th in COVID-19 vaccinations, behind five Midwest neighbors

BY: - July 6, 2021

Iowa ranks 26th among the states in the percentage of adults who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, trailing five neighboring states, the New York Times reported.  Based on 2021 estimates, Iowa is the 31st most-populous state. According to the Times, 63.9% of adult Iowans have received at least one dose of […]

Register poll: Two-thirds of Iowans are confident COVID-19 will continue to wane

BY: - June 21, 2021

Two-thirds of Iowans are confident the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to decline, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll found, even as vaccination rates hover below 50%. The Iowa Poll, conducted in mid-June by Selzer & Co., found that 66% of Iowans are confident that COVID-19 will continue to wane in the state. Over a quarter […]

Despite free ice cream, Iowa struggles to get half of residents fully vaccinated

BY: - June 18, 2021

Iowa is struggling to get half its population vaccinated for COVID-19, despite local incentives such as a lottery and free ice cream. As of Friday, 46% of Iowans had been fully vaccinated, and 51% had received at least one dose, the New York Times reported. Both are up a bit more than 1 percentage point […]

Nearly 60% of Iowa adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

BY: - June 14, 2021

Nearly 60% of Iowa adults are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, the New York Times reported.  A new analysis found that 58% of Iowans who are 18 years old or above were fully vaccinated, and 62% had received at least one dose of vaccine. Among those age 65 and above, 84% were fully vaccinated, and 88% […]

Iowa COVID-19 cases fall to April 2020 level

BY: - June 11, 2021

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is the lowest it has been since the first week of April 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic. The New York Times reported Iowa has averaged 82 new cases a day over the past week. That marked a 39% drop in the past two weeks. Hospitalizations stayed […]

State, feds report no penalties for Iowa nursing homes cited for deadly violations

BY: - June 1, 2021

If you were to look at the federal government’s inspection reports for the Dubuque Specialty Care nursing home, you might think the northeast Iowa facility had attained a perfect score from inspectors last June. The June 10, 2020, inspection report, published on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Care Compare website, is a single […]