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United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties looking for volunteers for ‘Free Laundry Day’ and other community needs

Laundromania is making Wednesday, April 1, Free Laundry Day at its locations in Johnson County for those experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19. “This is a special day for people in need.” Laundromania owner Brian DeCoster said in a written statement. “We ask that our patrons who regularly do their laundry with Laundromania and have […]

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Rep. Cindy Axne calls for shelter-in-place order, as Iowa sees its biggest one-day increase in positive tests for COVID-19

“Today starts of the fourth week since Iowa’s first coronavirus cases were confirmed, and the reality is the end is not yet in sight,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said during her Monday afternoon press conference on the state’s response to COVID-19. Earlier in the day, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 88 more Iowans had […]

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Iowa City Community School District announces changes to its grab-and-go meal program

As the Iowa City Community School District begins its second week of distributing grab-and-go meals during the school shutdown, there’s been a major change to the program. The program distributes prepacked lunches and breakfast for the following day to anyone 18 or younger — they do not have to be enrolled in one of the district’s schools to receive the meals. When it was launched last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture rules required the child to be present to receive a meal. But in an email sent to parents on Sunday night, the district said that has changed. […]

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Iowa’s COVID-19 ‘peak’ expected soon

“We’re thinking that we might see a peak [in the number of COVID-19 cases in Iowa] — a first peak — in the next two to three weeks,” Iowa Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter said on Sunday. “That’s the best information that we have right now.” Reisetter stressed that that projection is […]

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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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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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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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