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‘There are a lot of downsides to it’: Gov. Reynolds, IDPH attempt to explain shelter-in-place hold-out as cases near 700

One of the first things Gov. Kim Reynolds talked about at her Friday press conference on the state’s response to COVID-19 was her Thursday press conference. “At yesterday’s press conference, we shared additional information about the metrics we have been using to assess and guide our COVID-19 mitigation efforts here in Iowa,” Reynolds said. “And […]

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The metrics guiding Gov. Reynolds’ COVID-19 decisions revealed — and met with criticism

On Thursday, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new public health emergency proclamation that extended the business closures and regulatory waivers in her previous proclamations through April 30. It also extends through the end of April a ban on “nonessential and elective” medical and dental procedures that use personal protective equipment. Reynolds, however, did not mention […]

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Cedar Rapids police warn of COVID-19 scams, discuss closure enforcement; city closes more outdoor spots

The City of Cedar Rapids is closing additional outdoor facilities to limit the spread of COVID-19. Last week, the city announced playgrounds and outdoor exercise stations were temporarily closed. As of Thursday, Riverside Skate Park, basketball courts, tennis courts, sand volleyball and baseball fields are also closed. Signage has been posted at closed facilities, and […]

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New unemployment claims in Iowa break record set last week

Last week, Iowa reported a record number of first-time unemployment claims. Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend called the number “pretty staggering” even before the final total was known — there were 41,890 first-time claims for the week ending on March 21. The new number of first-time unemployment claims IWD reported on Thursday broke the […]

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Planned Parenthood seeks injunction against Gov. Reynolds’ ban on surgical abortions (Updated)

Update: The Reynolds administration backed off its attempt ban all surgical abortions in Iowa under the governor’s emergency ordering prohibiting “nonessential or elective surgeries and procedures that utilize personal protective equipment,” before the starting of a Wednesday afternoon hearing on the Planned Parenthood of Heartland’s request for an emergency injunction. “Rita Bettis Austen, legal director […]

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