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COVID-19 now confirmed in Linn County, total number of cases in Iowa rises to 68

Linn County Public Health Director Pramod Dwivedi got directly to the point at the beginning of the department’s Saturday morning press conference. “Linn County Public Health was notified of the first laboratory-diagnosed case of COVID-19,” he said. […]

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Iowa has an ‘unprecedented number’ of unemployment claims and another new case of COVID-19, but testing remains limited

“We are seeing an unprecedented number of claims,” Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said when asked about unemployment in Iowa at Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Friday afternoon press conference on COVID-19. “It’s pretty staggering to see the number of claims that we’re receiving,” Townsend said. […]

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Iowa City Community School District announces pick-up locations for student lunches during the school shutdown

The Iowa City Community School District has announced the locations where students can pick-up free lunches while schools are closed. The meal distribution program begins on Monday, March 23. “The District will provide a number of meals based on the number of children in the car ages 1-18,” according to ICCSD. […]

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Gov. Reynolds suspends most evictions in Iowa, cancels property tax deadline

On Friday morning, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration, which will temporarily stop most evictions in Iowa. The suspension of evictions applies to all rental properties, including those in manufactured home communities or mobile home parks. The change took effect as soon as the governor signed the declaration, and is scheduled to last until 11:59 p.m. on April 16. […]

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Gov. Reynolds seeks to reassure the public about the state’s response to COVID-19, as the number of cases in Iowa rises to 44

Almost the only new information presented at Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Thursday afternoon press conference on COVID-19 was the number of infected people in the state. “So, through this afternoon, we have 44 cases positive,” the governor said, almost halfway through the half-hourlong press conference at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston. […]

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Iowa City eliminates bus fares for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency

Iowa City Transit will be waiving bus fares for the duration of COVID-19 emergency, the agency announced in a written statement on Thursday. ICT is also asking riders to enter and exit the buses by the rear door, in order to help facilitate social distancing. […]

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Art in the time of COVID-19: Elizabeth Moen

When Iowa City’s Elizabeth Moen dove into songwriting, it was head-first and no looking back. In the less than five years Moen’s been writing and recording, she’s released three albums, and has one in the wings. Her self-titled debut prompted our reviewer Kent Williams to write, “This is a remarkable first album, that seems to have come — as the best things sometimes do — out of nowhere.” […]

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