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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 […]

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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 […]

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Gov. Reynolds encourages social distancing, is cautious about ‘disruptive’ closings in COVID-19 update

The first number Gov. Kim Reynolds mentioned at her Friday afternoon press conference on the state’s response to COVID-19 may have been more surprising than any of the other figures cited during the half-hour event: It’s only been five days […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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‘The reality of COVID-19 is now here,’ says Gov. Reynolds, offering few details on Johnson County cases

The number of diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Johnson County jumped from three to seven yesterday, as four more people who had been on cruise in Egypt tested positive for the coronavirus. An additional case was diagnosed in Pottawatomie County. […]

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Four cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Iowa, including three in Johnson County (Updated)

Four Iowans, including three residents of Johnson County, have now tested positive for COVID-19.. The most recent case was reported by the Pottawattamie County Health Department late Monday afternoon, but details regarding that case have not yet been released. The three Johnson County cases, however, were the subject of a press conference by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Sunday evening. […]

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