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‘We have to do better’: Health officials warn Linn County hospitals could become overwhelmed if cases continue to increase rapidly »

During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, health experts warned Linn County residents that if cases of COVID-19 continue to increase as rapidly as they have been, hospitals will become overwhelmed in the next two to three weeks. Linn County saw its first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday, March 21. In less […]

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Watch: Studio Visit w/ Hannah Givler

Iowa City artist Hannah Givler lets the materials around her—including scrap wood, metal and river stones—guide her artistic process. Her work takes on an array of forms and varies in scale from small sculptures to room-sized architectural creations capturing both the simplicity and complexity of her materials.

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Rep. Abby Finkenaur, Johnson County supervisors call for statewide shelter-in-place

At her press conference on Friday, Gov. Reynolds noted how quickly the COVID-19 emergency has evolved in Iowa. “It was 10 days ago that the first public health emergency declarations I signed went into effect,” she said. “We continue to monitor and evaluate the impact of the actions we’ve taken, as well as additional steps […]

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Gov. Reynolds is attempting to ban surgical abortions as ‘nonessential’ medical procedures during COVID-19 crisis

On Thursday, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an emergency proclamation that, among other things, banned all “nonessential or elective surgeries and procedures that utilize personal protective equipment” for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency in the state. On Friday, the governor’s spokesperson told Barbara Rodriguez of the Des Moines Register that ban includes surgical abortions. In […]

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‘We have to do better’: Health officials warn Linn County hospitals could become overwhelmed if cases continue to increase rapidly

During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, health experts warned Linn County residents that if cases of COVID-19 continue to increase as rapidly as they have been, hospitals will become overwhelmed in the next two to three weeks. Linn County saw its first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday, March 21. In less […]

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Watch: Johnson County Public Health disease control specialists explain how they investigate COVID-19 cases

Johnson County Public Health posted a video on its Facebook page on Friday morning, featuring two of its disease control specialists providing “a general overview” of how they “conduct disease investigation on COVID-19, as well as how and why our processes changed over the past few weeks.” Johnson County Public Health Disease Prevention Specialists explain […]

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Art in the time of COVID-19: Brook Hoover

This series, Art in the time of COVID-19, highlights musicians and artists in eastern Iowa whose life and work have been upended by the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state. If you would like to recommend someone to be featured in this space, please reach out to Little Village. Brook Hoover, Guitarist Over […]

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En Español: A Q&A with three Spanish-language writers in Iowa City

Estaba previsto que Mélanie Márquez Adams, Javier Hernández Feris y Gabriel Villarroel participaran en el evento Subtituladxs Lit Walk de Mission Creek Festival el 3 de abril, antes de la cancelación del evento. Subtituladxs es una serie de lecturas que destaca a los estudiantes del MFA de escritura creativa en español de la Universidad de […]

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Gov. Reynolds orders retail businesses closed, changes position on whether counties can order shelter-in-place

Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered the closure of more businesses on Thursday, as well as the cancellation of non-essential medical and dental procedures in Iowa. At her Thursday afternoon press conference on the state’s response to COVID-19, Reynolds also said she was pushing back by a week the date businesses closed by executive order can reopen. […]

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Iowa City Animal Center encourages donations to their pet food pantry

As the community copes with unemployment, social distancing and mixed messages from federal, state and local leaders, even those less at risk of contracting COVID-19 are seeing their worlds shift — from kids to pets. While some pets may be relishing the extra couch time with their housebound humans, a stretched budget can affect all members of the family. […]

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Mayor Bruce Teague will host ‘Community Connection,’ an online show about COVID-19 and Iowa City

The City of Iowa City is launching an online show about the local response to COVID-19. Community Connection will feature Mayor Bruce Teague talking to area officials and community leaders about the impact of the disease, and what is being done stop its spread and help people. Iowa City Community School District Superintendent Stephen Murley […]

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Volunteers have sewn nearly 2,000 cloth masks for Mercy Cedar Rapids

In an effort to conserve and extend the supply of masks and other personal protective equipment, hospitals in Iowa and around the country are asking for help from people who can sew — and sewists (or sewers, depending on which term you prefer) have stepped up to the challenge. Mercy Cedar Rapids, Mercy Iowa City […]

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COVID-19 causes unemployment to surge in Iowa

Almost 42,000 Iowans filed first-time claims for unemployment during the week starting March 15, Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) reported on Thursday. During the governor’s press conference last Friday, IWD Director Beth Townsend called the number of new unemployment filings her department was receiving “pretty staggering.” “Essentially, what we’re receiving on a daily basis is what […]

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UI alum Andrea Lawlor one of 10 recipients of the 2020 Whiting Award

The Whiting Awards announced their 2020 winners Wednesday night, and on the list is University of Iowa alum Andrea Lawlor. The awards are given annually to writers of poetry, fiction, drama and nonfiction; Lawlor is being honored for their fiction work. Since 1985, the Whiting Awards have sought to recognize writers “based on early accomplishment […]

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Letters to the editor

Letter to the editor: Disorganized chaos

By Gwendolyn Sterling, Cedar Rapids Re: My last published letter. I pop in on Facebook every now and then and noticed the only initial Facebook comments on my letter were from self-proclaimed yoga/meditation practitioners. They read a piece that largely dealt with the coronavirus and our collective need to stay vigilant on all issues during […]

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Letter to the editor: Landlords should put the community first

By Trajan Wells, lifelong resident of Iowa City, student at University of Iowa To the response to an open letter for waiving rent, “Letter to the editor: Landlords can’t afford to waive rent,” where Mr. Harmon presents a case of his tenants destroying property with no accountability, I feel for your situation and urge you […]

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Open letter to UI Dean of Students: Guarantee a passing grade to all students

By Tarweeh Osman, Iowa City Dear Dean of Students, Firstly, I would like to commend the University of Iowa and the office of the Dean of Students for the steps they have taken in ensuring our safety amidst this international crisis. I am also incredibly proud of our community for abiding by the guidelines the […]

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Letter to the editor: Social distance, rent resistance and guided meditation

By Gwendolyn Sterling, Cedar Rapids If thousands of college kids willfully ignoring a global pandemic to revel in spring-break debauchery isn’t already the plot of a shitty movie, I’m drafting the spec script now. But is that concept any more ridiculous than several local factories remaining open, having large numbers of employees work in close […]

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