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Iowa reports 419 new COVID-19 cases and 26 more deaths the day after more restrictions are lifted

One day after Gov. Reynolds further relaxed Iowa’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 419 Iowans have tested positive for the virus. The department also reported another 26 deaths due to the virus. That is the highest number of deaths reported on a single day so far. IDPH’s COVID-19 information […]

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Iowa Utilities Board ends prohibition on disconnections

Some utility companies will be able to start disconnecting customers with unpaid bills next week, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) decided on Wednesday. On March 27, IUB issued an order suspending all utility disconnections for the duration of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proclamation of a public health emergency. The governor’s proclamation expires on Wednesday, May 27, […]

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Reynolds: Movie theaters, wedding venues and pools can reopen Friday, bars next week

Starting Friday, movie theaters, museums, zoos, aquariums, wedding reception venues and swimming pools can reopen statewide, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced at her press conference on Wednesday. Bars and “other establishments that serve alcohol and have been limited to carry-out and delivery” will be able to reopen next week. It’s the latest in a series of […]

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Reynolds responds to Trump’s plan to end the National Guard’s pandemic work, while Iowa’s updated COVID-19 site reports questionable data

The changes to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 information site announced on Monday are now complete. New graphs and charts have been added, and according to the department, case numbers are now being updated in real time, instead of once a day. Introducing the revamped site at her press conference on Tuesday, Gov. […]

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Iowa awarded millions of dollars in PPE contracts to a company that sells T-shirts and yard signs to Republican candidates

The state of Iowa awarded contracts worth millions of dollars for personal protective equipment (PPE) to a Des Moines company best known for providing campaign signs to Republican candidates, the Associated Press’s Ryan J. Foley reported on Saturday. “In three contracts worth $7.2 million, the state agreed to purchase 1 million isolation gowns and 100,000 […]

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‘It has been three weeks,’ Gov. Reynolds defends Test Iowa’s performance, announces its tests have now been validated

The State Hygienic Laboratory has finished its validation of Test Iowa’s equipment, Gov. Reynolds announced at her press conference on Thursday. According to the governor, the Test Iowa processing equipment were 95 percent accurate when determining if a sample was positive, and 99.7 accurate when determining if a sample was negative. As part of the […]

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Iowa is back open for business as more spikes are expected, the COVID-19 death toll passes 300 and Fauci warns of risks

Almost all the businesses closed by the state to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa will be able to reopen. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new public health proclamation on Wednesday that eliminates most of the state’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions. According to the governor, the state has made enough progress in controlling the virus […]

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Where Reynolds sees ‘some positive trends’ in Iowa’s COVID-19 data, the Black Hawk County sheriff sees ‘failures of corporate greed and governmental ignorance’

At her press conference on Monday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said she would announce further relaxations of the state’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday. But the governor started her Tuesday press conference by saying that announcement would now be made on Wednesday. “I’m still reviewing some information with the Department of Public Health and my team […]

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