COVID vaccines

Corrections board member: Reynolds not ‘very smart’ in vaccine prioritization

BY: - February 4, 2021

A member of the Iowa Board of Corrections criticized Gov. Kim Reynolds Thursday, citing reports that state legislators are likely to receive the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of corrections staff and inmates. At Thursday’s board meeting, Department of Corrections Director Beth Skinner praised the governor and several state agencies for their response to the coronavirus pandemic. […]

State routes unused nursing home vaccines to Iowans who are 65 or older

BY: - February 3, 2021

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Wednesday the expanded availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for approximately 32,000 Iowans who are age 65 or older. The department says unused vaccines that were originally allocated to Iowa pharmacies for use in nursing homes and other long-term care settings have now been redistributed to a limited number […]

Iowa’s testing lags behind other states, while positivity rate remains high

BY: - February 2, 2021

Iowa still has a lower rate of testing for COVID-19 than any other state, while the positivity rate among those tested continues to be among the highest in the nation. Iowa’s rate of COVID-19 infections continues to drop, meanwhile, with the state reporting an additional 779 infections for Monday, along with five additional deaths. Over […]

Vaccinations set to begin for Des Moines teachers

BY: - February 2, 2021

Some Des Moines educators will get their first COVID-19 shots on Friday and Saturday as Iowa enters its next phase of vaccine distribution. Des Moines Public Schools announced in a Tuesday email to staff that the first clinic providing vaccinations would take place on Saturday. “This first clinic will be to provide both a first […]

COVID-19 infections and deaths on the rise in Iowa as vaccinations stall

BY: - January 7, 2021

The number of infections and deaths related to COVID-19 are on the rise again in Iowa, while the state’s vaccine distribution has slowed to the point where the governor expressed concern Thursday. Iowa reported 61 additional deaths and 2,478 new infections of the deadly virus on Wednesday, according to the New York Times’ COVID-19 tracker. […]

Aerial view of flooded Hamburg Iowa in 2019

Axne: Legislation would prevent repeat of Hamburg levee controversy

BY: - August 5, 2020

U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne told Iowans Wednesday that part of the House-approved Water Resources Development Act would overturn a federal rule that left Hamburg without full levee protection in a major flood last year.  Axne, D-Iowa, spoke to the Iowa Farmers Union via Zoom Wednesday. The water legislation is pending in the Senate. Hamburg, a […]