Liveblog: 105 COVID-19 Cases Confirmed Across Iowa; UI Health Care Requests Protective Face Shields

Mar 22, 2020

Iowa businesses, school districts and citizens continue to respond to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic. We'll be posting updates as more news regarding the spread of the virus in Iowa becomes available here for the week of March 22-28.

Do you have questions about how the outbreak is being handled in Iowa? Fill out this form, and we'll try to answer as many of your questions as we can with our reporting. 

Find a map of cases in Iowa by county here. 

Find a map of cases across the U.S. here. 

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Monday, March 23

12:00 p.m. Iowa’s regent universities establish student emergency assistance funds

Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa have launched funds to help students with urgent needs who need help with the transition of moving home to learn and live off campus for the duration of the spring semester.

Last week, all three state universities announced they would be canceling spring commencement and asking students to finish their coursework for the 2019-2020 school year online.

10: 56 a.m. - New COVID-19 cases identified 

The Iowa Department of Public Health has identified 15 more positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, bringing the total 105 positive cases. According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 15 individuals include:

  • Allamakee County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Dubuque County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Hancock County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Johnson County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Linn County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Muscatine County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Polk County, 1 adult (18-40 years),  1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Wapello County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Woodbury County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)

Sunday, March 22

4:01 p.m. - Gov. Reynolds announces additional closures

Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered the closure of hair and nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors and swimming pools. The mandatory closures were effective at 10 p.m. and also apply to spas, tanning facilities and massage therapy establishments. These additional closures are effective through March 31. 

11:21 a.m. - 22 additional COVID-19 cases announced

The Iowa Department of Public Health has been notified of 22 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa. That brings the total number of cases to 90 in the state - 45 of which were identified this weekend.

Today's cases were identified as residents of Cerro Gordo (2), Dallas (1), Dubuque (2), Harrison (2), Johnson (5), Kossuth (1), Linn (1), Poweshiek (1), Scott (1), Sioux (1), Tama (3) Washington (1), and Woodbury (1) counties. 

Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. It will be livestreamed through Iowa Public Radio's website.

 9:25 a.m. - University of Iowa Health Care urgently requests protective face shields

University of Iowa Health is urgently requesting Iowa businesses and individuals to donate new or used protective face shields to its hospital.

Hospitals officials say they currently have a supply for employees interacting with staff who work with patients or do screenings, but the additional masks would allow all employees who interact with patients, visitors and co-workers to wear one. 

To donate protective face shields or other personal protective gear, visit the hospital's website, uihc.org/kind-donations, or call concierge services at (319) 356-1900 or (319) 678-5500.