COVID-19 testing

Reynolds acknowledges Test Iowa glitches, says it can now ramp up

BY: - May 14, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday that the $26 million Test Iowa program, which has yet to perform the anticipated number of COVID-19 tests, will soon be ramping up its work and responding more quickly to Iowans with concerns. The Test Iowa program has been beset with complaints about limited access to testing and delays in […]

The consequences of early reopening won’t appear for weeks, disease expert says

BY: - May 14, 2020

Iowa is reopening too early, but the public won’t see the consequences until weeks from now because of COVID-19’s incubation period, warns an infectious disease doctor. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced she is lifting restrictions across the state starting Friday, allowing Iowans in all 99 counties to go out to eat, work out at the gym […]

Reynolds reopens more Iowa businesses, says hospitals are prepared

BY: - May 13, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that Iowa hospitals are prepared to manage COVID-19 cases as she reopens hair and nail salons, barber shops and massage therapy businesses statewide starting Friday, as well as businesses like retail stores, restaurants and fitness centers in the 22 counties that are not yet open. Bars, casinos and theaters other […]

COMMENTARY

Coronavirus secrecy erodes the public’s confidence

BY: - May 12, 2020

The relationship between government and the governed is a delicate arrangement, even in the best of times. Government wants us to pay our taxes. It wants us to obey its laws and directives. Citizens, in turn, expect certain things from government, things like good schools, parks, law enforcement and protection of the public health and […]

While in ‘modified quarantine,’ Reynolds plans to reopen more of Iowa

BY: - May 11, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds, now in what she calls “modified quarantine” after possible COVID-19 exposure, said Monday that she intends to take additional steps this week to reopen the state and ease the pandemic-related restrictions on business activity in Iowa. The governor said she will announce on Tuesday the steps she plans to take, adding that […]

COMMENTARY

Iowans express frustration over state’s release of COVID-19 data

BY: - May 11, 2020

As the focus has shifted to reopening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Kim Reynolds and her administration have placed an ever-growing share of responsibility on Iowans to make their own decisions about their safety. That has left many Iowans to play amateur epidemiologist, poring over data provided by the Iowa Department of Public […]

Test Iowa not yet reaching target of 3,000 daily tests

BY: - May 10, 2020

When Test Iowa was announced, Gov. Kim Reynolds said it was expected to add 3,000 COVID-19 tests per day to the number already being conducted in Iowa. The state signed a $26 million contract with Utah-based Nomi Health to ramp up the state’s testing program in preparation for reopening businesses in the state. After a […]

Iowa’s newly confirmed COVID-19 cases plummet, but so does testing

BY: - May 9, 2020

The number of newly confirmed Iowa cases of COVID-19 plummeted Saturday to the lowest level in two weeks, although that decrease coincided with a sharp decline in the number of reported tests. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported Saturday an additional 180 confirmed cases of the virus — the lowest number since April 21, […]

Reynolds: Iowa is ‘leading’ the nation in its response to COVID-19

BY: - May 7, 2020

Fresh from Wednesday’s White House meeting with President Trump, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Iowa is “leading by example” by reopening businesses around the state even as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb. Without providing her usual daily update on infections and deaths — Reynolds said the way that data is reported is now […]

Reynolds praises expanded testing as Iowa hits new high in COVID-19 cases

BY: - May 2, 2020

As Iowa reported yet another record in the number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Saturday that expanded testing is giving Iowans the “confidence that they need to feel safe in returning back to work.” Retail shops and restaurants are reopening this weekend in 77 of Iowa’s 99 counties, and farmers […]

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UI epidemiologist: Iowa is reopening too soon and risking COVID-19 spread

BY: - May 1, 2020

Iowans in 77 counties now have freedom from significant COVID-19 restrictions, allowing them to dine out at their favorite restaurants or pick up new jeans. But a University of Iowa epidemiologist said the reopenings are happening too soon. Eli Perencevich, professor of internal medicine and epidemiology at the UI Carver College of Medicine, said that […]

Iowa deaths hit a daily high as Reynolds calls on public to ‘manage’ virus

BY: - April 30, 2020

With businesses in 77 counties preparing to reopen this weekend, Gov. Kim Reynolds called on all Iowans to “manage” the COVID-19 virus that has so far claimed the lives of 162 people statewide. At her daily press conference on Thursday, Reynolds announced 14 additional COVID-19 deaths in Iowa — a record number in the daily […]