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From grades to wi-fi access, ICCSD Superintendent Stephen Murley outlines changes to online learning for high school students

The Iowa City Community School District sent an email to staff and parents on Friday informing them it is “moving from Voluntary Educational Enrichment Opportunities to Required Learning Opportunities at the high school level.” For younger students, the at-home learning opportunities the district offers will remain voluntary. The change will go into effect on Monday, […]

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New state website on COVID-19 reveals black and Latino Iowans are testing positive at disproportionate rates

The state relaunched its COVID-19 information website — coronavirus.iowa.gov — on Tuesday morning, with new features and an expanded range of data. The site quickly crashed, and was replaced by its old version. “We have had a large volume that’s been using the new website, and we didn’t have the processing power that we needed,” […]

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Trump address Iowa’s lack of shelter-in-place

Speaking at President Trump’s press conference late Monday afternoon, Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned Iowa, and a clip of his comments was quickly posted on Gov. Reynolds’ official Twitter account. Appreciate @POTUS for being a partner in our efforts to fight #COVID19. Very good conversation with Dr. Fauci today! @WhiteHouse pic.twitter.com/ibRIZccm6n — Gov. Kim Reynolds (@IAGovernor) […]

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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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‘We have to do better’: Health officials warn Linn County hospitals could become overwhelmed if cases continue to increase rapidly

During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, health experts warned Linn County residents that if cases of COVID-19 continue to increase as rapidly as they have been, hospitals will become overwhelmed in the next two to three weeks. Linn County saw its first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus on Saturday, March 21. In less […]

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Shelter-in-place? Gov. Reynolds opposes mandatory restrictions, and Johnson County health leaders worry about ‘panic’

At her Wednesday afternoon press conference, Gov. Kim Reynolds reiterated her belief that voluntary efforts by Iowans are the key to combating the spread of COVID-19 in the state. “Now is the critical time, when each of us can make a difference on the impact that COVID-19 will have in Iowa,” Reynolds said. “We all […]

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Gov. Reynolds suspends foreclosures, says state is being ‘proactive’ in supplying medical needs, as UIHC asks the public for donations of protective gear

Gov. Reynolds suspended all foreclosures on residential, commercial and agricultural properties on Sunday. The suspension, which lasts through April 16, was included in a new State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The new declaration also closes businesses not covered in the emergency declarations the governor issued on March 17 and 19. “Effective at 10 p.m. today, […]

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