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Cedar Rapids wants restaurants and bars to close for St. Patrick’s Day to limit spread of COVID-19

The City of Cedar Rapids is asking all bars and restaurants to close tomorrow for St. Patrick’s Day to prevent people from gathering in large crowds, in which the risk of spreading coronavirus is higher. Normal St. Patrick’s Day activities would cause a “public safety hazard,” city manager Jeff Pomeranz said during a press conference […]

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Gov. Reynolds confirms ‘substantial community spread’ of COVID-19, will not order business closures (yet)

Governor Reynolds and state officials provide an update on COVID-19 response efforts in Iowa. Posted by Governor Kim Reynolds on Monday, March 16, 2020 During a late Monday afternoon press conference on COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds said it was too soon for the state to impose restrictions on large public gatherings or on public spaces […]

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Community spread of COVID-19 detected in Johnson County, Gov. Reynolds recommends closing schools in the state

Update: Following Gov. Reynolds’ announcement, the Cedar Rapids Community School District announced it would follow the governor’s recommendation that schools “close for 4 weeks in response to community spread of COVID-19.” According to CRCSD Superintendent Noreen Bush, following the governor’s Monday press conference, “we will communicate with families again… with details regarding how we will […]

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Gov. Reynolds says ‘we now have community spread’ of COVID-19 in Iowa, but still thinks it’s too soon to take major actions

UPDATE on COVID-19 in Iowa: Posted by Governor Kim Reynolds on Saturday, March 14, 2020 On Saturday night, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced COVID-19 has entered the “community spread” phase in Iowa. “This afternoon, the Department of Public Health was informed of one additional positive case of an Iowa with COVID-19,” the governor told reporters at […]

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As they mark their first anniversary, Iowa City Student Climate Strikers turn down award, join ‘digital strike’

Every week since they began demonstrating outside of the Iowa City Community School District offices on March 15, 2019, the Iowa City Student Climate Strike has reiterated their message of climate action through social media, letters to the editor and, of course, in-person protests. Massimo Biggers, Alex Howe, Ian Martinez, Maddie Peterson and the other […]

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From classes to concerts, Iowans are hunkering down in the face of COVID-19, as the president shares misinformation (Updated)

Update: On Thursday evening, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported that two more Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19. Both newly diagnosed patients are between 61-80 years old. One lives in Johnson County, the other in Carroll County. Both are being treated at their homes. The two new cases bring the total of diagnosed […]

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COVID-19, now officially a pandemic, shuts down CR Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, puts UI on alert (updated)

The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Society of Cedar Rapids — better known as SaPaDaPaSo — prides itself on never calling off its annual March 17 parade on account of bad weather. But this year, the organization has run into a problem bigger than cold or rain. SaPaDaPaSo announced on Wednesday morning it is canceling its 2020 parade out of coronavirus concerns. […]

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