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Face masks, temp checks and a new way of serving lunch: More details about reopening schools in Iowa City

Interim Iowa City Community School District Superintendent Matt Degner and members of the district’s Return to Learn Plan team offered more details on how schools will reopen in the fall, during the ICCSD Board of Directors’ special meeting this week. The biggest decisions regarding reopening, however, have not yet been made. The district will provide […]

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Linn County Board of Health calls for racism to be addressed as a public health crisis

The Linn County Board of Health is calling for immediate action to address racism as a public health crisis. The board outlined seven actions in a position statement published on Thursday, including establishing an Office of Minority Health at Linn County Public Health; urging businesses to incorporate implicit bias training and offer educational training to […]

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COVID-19: Johnson County reports 17 new cases, new online tool estimates risk of infection at public gatherings

Another 17 Johnson County residents tested positive for COVID-19 between 10 a.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Those new cases bring the county’s total number of residents who have tested positive to 1,369 and extend the number of consecutive days it has seen double-digit increases […]

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Iowa City launches website to let public track progress on police reform, racial equity and social justice goals

Iowa City has added a section to the city’s website, allowing the public to see how much progress is being made on the council’s 17-point resolution addressing the demands of the Iowa Freedom Riders regarding policing, affordable housing and other issue involving racial justice and equity. City Manager Geoff Fruin called the new section “a […]

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COVID-19: Johnson County reports 27 new cases, Muscatine mayor receives death threats over face mask mandate

Johnson County saw its 22nd consecutive day of double-digit increases in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 27 county residents tested positive for the virus during the 24-hour period ending at 10 a.m. Since the current surge began on June 17, there have been 676 new cases reported […]

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