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Iowa Department of Public Health signed a $1.58 million deal with GOP-connected contact tracing company

With no public announcement, the Iowa Department of Public Health approved in January a contract extension for a company with ties to the Iowa Republican Party that the department hired in November to provide COVID-19 contact tracing assistance, Ryan Foley of the Associated Press reported on Friday. The three-month extension will pay MCI $1.58 million. […]

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COVID-19: Iowa has more than 1,000 hospitalized patients, Linn County sets a new one-day record and the outbreak in Iowa prisons gets worse

It took Iowa 226 days to reach 500 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, but it only took 20 days to go from 500 to 1,000 patients. On Monday morning, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 1,034 COVID-19 patients in the state’s hospitals. A total of 184 of those patients were being treated in intensive care units. […]

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Test Iowa site in Cedar Rapids reopens

The Test Iowa site in Cedar Rapids reopened Wednesday afternoon, after temporarily closing due to damage from Monday’s derecho. Sites in Davenport and Marshalltown that closed because of the storm have also reopened for testing. The three sites had limited hours on Wednesday but will return to regular hours — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. […]

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‘Iowans deserve access to the truth’: Rep. Loebsack inquires why IDPH underreported a Tyson plant outbreak; 469 new COVID-19 cases confirmed

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 469 people were confirmed as having COVID-19 during the 24-hour period ending at 10 a.m. on Monday. The new cases increase the total number of Iowans who have tested positive to 42,485. The newly confirmed cases were part of the 4,403 test results reported by IDPH between […]

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COVID-19: Iowa’s death toll passes 800; Rep. Finkenauer wants to know why testing has been cut in Dubuque

Iowa’s official COVID-19 death toll passed 800 on Wednesday, as the Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 10 people had died from the virus. The newly reported deaths bring the total number of Iowans killed by COVID-19 to 808. IDPH also reported another 374 Iowans tested positive for the virus during the 24-hour period […]

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Two lawmakers call for an oversight committee investigation of Test Iowa, as the Iowa legislature prepares to reconvene

When the Iowa legislature reconvenes this week, the House of Representatives’ Government Oversight Committee will have to consider a request from two lawmakers to investigate Test Iowa. The legislature suspended its 2020 session on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers will return to the capitol on Wednesday, June 3 to complete work left […]

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