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661 more Iowans test positive for COVID-19

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 661 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa from 10 a.m. on Saturday to 10 a.m. on Sunday. This brings the total number of cases in the state to 38,564. The statewide positivity rate — the percentage of people being tested who were confirmed as having COVID-19 — […]

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Gov. Kim Reynolds orders schools to prioritize in-person class, throwing a wrench in some districts’ plans

Gov. Kim Reynolds emphasized the importance of bringing kids back to school in the fall during her press conference Friday morning, shortly before she signed a new public health proclamation that says Iowa schools must prioritize in-person learning. The proclamation comes on the same day Iowa reported its highest single-day increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases. […]

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Coralville City Councilmember says he has ‘zero tolerance’ for Black Lives Matter, calls it ‘a bunch of criminals’

During the public comments period of the Coralville City Council’s Tuesday Zoom meeting, multiple residents inquired about the city’s efforts to oversee and potentially reform the Coralville Police Department, as protesters have demanded. Twice, Councilmember Tom Gill interrupted responses to these questions from his fellow city councilmembers by pointing out there was a work session slated to discuss issues of racial justice following the meeting. […]

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White House document lists Iowa in the ‘red zone,’ recommends the state mandate masks and close bars in hotspots

A document prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force includes Iowa as one of 18 states in the “red zone” for COVID-19 cases. The document recommends that residents in nearly half of Iowa’s counties where the virus is spreading the most wear masks in public, limit public activity and not go to certain businesses, […]

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Face coverings will be required for anyone entering a Linn County facility starting next week

In preparation for the reopening of Linn County buildings next week, the Board of Supervisors approved two measures to help keep employees and residents safe from COVID-19. County facilities will begin a phased reopening approach on Monday, July 20, with “modifications in place to keep employees and customers safe.” Most county buildings will conduct their […]

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Two students bring list of Black Lives Matter demands to Cedar Rapids Community School District

Two Kennedy High School students shared a list of Black Lives Matter demands with the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) during Monday’s Board of Education meeting. Sisters Rahma and Raafa Elsheikh asked the district to release a statement in support of Black Lives Matter, in addition to renaming schools that commemorate slave owners, ending […]

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COVID-19: Another 368 Iowans test positive, Johnson County’s surge continues and cases at Fort Dodge prison more than double in a week

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 368 Iowans tested positive for COVID-19 during the 24-hour period ending at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The new cases brought the state’s total to 35,830, according to IDPH. The statewide positivity rate — the percentage of people tested who were confirmed as having COVID-19 — was 8.8 […]

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