U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Iowa sees 20% increase in drug overdoses in 2020

BY: - July 16, 2021

Iowa saw a nearly 20% increase in drug overdose deaths in the past year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistic System reported 419 cases of drug overdoses in the state in 2020, compared to 350 reported in 2019. In the United States overall, there was a 29.6% increase.  Midwestern states saw […]

CDC study finds racial, regional disparities as schools reopened for in-person learning

BY: - July 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — After last year’s abrupt shutdown of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, increasing numbers of students returned to in-person learning. But a new study shows that racial and geographic gaps persisted as K-12 students went back to their classrooms—with non-Hispanic white kids more often the ones attending a brick-and-mortar school full-time in most states. […]

Biden administration extends federal eviction moratorium for one final month

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday extended a national moratorium on evictions for another month, offering what federal officials say will be a final respite while they scramble to beef up other help for renters that could mitigate a wave of evictions once the legal protection does expire. The added month of eviction relief comes […]

CDC: You can ditch the mask in most places, indoors and out, if fully vaccinated

BY: - May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in most situations, indoors and outdoors, federal health officials said in an updated set of recommendations Thursday that marks a major turning point in the pandemic. The announcement is a shift from earlier federal guidance, which had urged people who are vaccinated to continue […]

CDC advisory panel signs off on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 to 15

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel is recommending that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine be administered to adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, making it the first shot available to those under 16. The green light granted Wednesday afternoon by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory panel is expected to be affirmed swiftly by […]

FDA green lights Pfizer vaccine for kids 12-15, with CDC still to act

BY: - May 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday signed off on expanding the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12 to 15, clearing one key hurdle before that age group can begin receiving the two-shot vaccine. But another step is needed before tweens and teens can line up for shots. The […]

No mask needed outdoors if you’re vaccinated, except among crowds, CDC says

BY: - April 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated Americans do not need to wear a mask outdoors except in crowded settings, federal health officials said Tuesday as they updated recommendations for how vaccinated individuals can safely resume normal activities. Those who are at least two weeks past receiving their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can safely be unmasked at small […]

CDC says it’s OK for students to sit 3 feet apart in classrooms

BY: - March 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials have revised their guidance to schools on how far apart students should be spaced in a classroom, now saying desks can be placed 3 feet apart instead of 6 feet to limit the spread of COVID-19. The updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes as schools across the […]

Iowa agency keeps secret the number of COVID-19 staff deaths in nursing homes

BY: - October 5, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health is refusing to disclose the number of Iowa nursing home workers who have been infected with, or died from, COVID-19. For months, the department has released only combined staff-and-resident numbers for both infections and deaths in Iowa nursing homes. The agency has refused requests to separate the number of […]

Iowa tops NYT’s national list of COVID-19 hot spots

BY: - August 28, 2020

Iowa had the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 in the nation over the past seven days, the New York Times reported.  The newspaper’s latest analysis showed Iowa with 220 cases per 100,000 people, well above North Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama and South Dakota among the hot spots. Iowa was among 14 states that saw increases in […]

Parts of nearly two dozen Iowa school districts exceed 15% positivity rate for COVID-19

BY: - August 7, 2020

Nearly two dozen of Iowa’s 327 school districts include at least one county where more than 15% of coronavirus tests were positive over the past two weeks. Joining those 23 districts are 15 more that include at least one county with a COVID-19 test two-week positivity rate of 15%. Pat Garrett, spokesman for Gov. Kim […]