Des Moines, Polk County help more households with emergency rent than state-run program

BY: - July 22, 2021

The City of Des Moines and Polk County have assisted more households with emergency rental aid so far this year than a state-run program serving Iowa’s other 98 counties combined. The city and county have received more than 3,500 applications for the federally funded Emergency Rental Assistance program. According to data from the U.S. Department […]

At one-year mark of COVID-19 in Iowa, counselors say emotional impact will linger beyond vaccine rollout

BY: - March 8, 2021

Three hundred sixty-five days. Five thousand, five hundred and sixty deaths.  Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the first known cases of COVID-19 in Iowa.  “In some ways, I can hardly believe it’s already been a year. In others, it seems like forever since almost anything has felt normal,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said on March […]

Can employers mandate vaccines in Iowa? Controversial Senate bill would say no

BY: - February 16, 2021

Sen. Jim Carlin, R-Sioux City, volleyed several debunked anti-vaccination talking points at Iowa Department of Public Health’s Dr. Caitlin Pedati during a Tuesday afternoon meeting. Carlin asked why there were so many vaccinations now, noting he only got three or four shots as a child. He asked why more children seem to be sick with chronic […]

Reynolds: Iowa vaccine rollout ‘not where we need to be’

BY: - February 4, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds acknowledged Iowans’ frustration about vaccination distribution delays in a Thursday morning press conference.  “I understand how disappointing it is when you’re finally eligible to get the vaccine, and you can’t get through to schedule an appointment,” Reynolds said. “I’m asking Iowans to please keep in mind that, while vaccine supply is limited, […]

Free speech at Iowa colleges: Lawmakers review three 2020 incidents

BY: - February 3, 2021

Free speech on college campuses is once again under the microscope of Iowa’s Republican lawmakers.  Administrators from Iowa’s three regent universities met with a committee of lawmakers Tuesday to discuss free speech failings on campus. In each case, a conservative student or group felt their free speech rights were limited by fellow students, professors or […]

Iowans break record for highest-grossing liquor sales in December 2020

BY: - January 8, 2021

Iowa saw its highest-grossing liquor sales in the history of the Alcoholic Beverages Division in December 2020. Liquor sales increased 18.5% or about $36 million in comparison to December 2019, according to the ABD. Since the start of COVID-19, liquor sales nationally and in Iowa have reached historic levels as more people stay at home […]

Iowa Democrats renew calls to legalize, regulate marijuana like alcohol

BY: - January 6, 2021

Iowa Democrats said Wednesday they want to legalize cannabis and regulate it at the same level as alcohol. So far, no Republicans, who hold the majority in the Legislature, have publicly supported the measure. Nearly 40 Democrats, ranging from city council members to Iowa state senators, signed on in support of legalizing the possession of […]

Iowa has a critical shortage of rural pharmacies needed for COVID-19 vaccination

BY: - December 30, 2020

Leslie Herron, owner of Sumpter Pharmacy in Adel, has done everything she can to prepare for the expected demand in COVID-19 vaccines next year. She purchased digital data recorders to monitor her fridges. She hired an additional person dedicated to COVID-19 testing and eventually, immunization. She ordered a carport, a covered structure that provides rain […]

Reynolds eases regulations on bars, restaurants and gatherings before holidays

BY: - December 16, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday she is easing coronavirus mitigation restrictions on restaurants, bars and gatherings as Iowa’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and positive cases drop.  Bars and restaurants will no longer have to close at 10 p.m. and can resume their normal hours of operation, Reynolds said. Customers will still need to stay seated, limit groups […]

Iowa report details ‘critical populations’ who may be next in line for COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 4, 2020

While the first round of COVID-19 vaccines will go to health care workers and those in longterm-care facilities, a new report from the Iowa Department of Public Health outlines other “critical populations” who also should be considered for vaccinations prior to the general public. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced this week that Iowa will receive enough […]

Iowa prepares to distribute first round of COVID-19 vaccines

BY: - December 3, 2020

Iowa is preparing to distribute its first round of COVID-19 vaccines to health care workers and long-term care residents and staff, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Thursday. The state is expected to receive enough Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to provide shots for 172,000 people, beginning the week of Dec. 13, Reynolds said. With the limited […]

Iowa’s crisis hotline sees major increase in calls in 2020

BY: - December 2, 2020

Since the summer, Drew Martel said people are increasingly calling the state’s crisis hotline, Your Life Iowa. Adults and teens are calling and texting counselors about depression and anxiety. Some are reporting isolation and distress caused by the pandemic. Grief calls are coming from people who lost loved ones to the virus. The number of […]