Iowa schools are closed for the rest of the school year, and many businesses remain closed through April 30 by order of the governor as the state works to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. We'll be posting updates from Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health and other news as it becomes available here for the week of April 26 - May 2.
Get caught up on the most important headlines from from April 19-25 here.
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Editor's Note: This post has been updated to reflect the new reporting maps and data released by state health officials on Tuesday, April 14.
11:30 a.m. - Gov. Reynolds hosts press conference
10:46 a.m. – Additional COVID-19 cases announced
The Iowa Department of Public Health announced an additional 384 positive cases Sunday, for a total of 5,476 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,356 negative tests for a total of 30,614 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. The number of positive cases will continue to grow as Test Iowa sites open and additional surveillance testing of large businesses and nursing home staff continues.
According to IDPH, an additional 6 deaths were also reported, for a total of 118 deaths from COVID-19 in Iowa. The additional 6 deaths were reported in the following counties:
- Black Hawk County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
- Clinton County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
- Des Moines County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
- Johnson County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
- Linn County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
286 individuals are currently hospitalized and 1,900 Iowans have recovered.
At this time, 1 in 87 Iowans have been tested.
Notable headlines from April 19 - 25:
- 112 Iowans have died due to complications associated with COVID-19 as of Saturday, April 25
- There were 5,092 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa as of Saturday, April 25
- Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that the state will begin to relax some closures in the upcoming (current) week on the same day as the highest increase in cases and deaths from COVID-19
- The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced more than $191,000 in awarded grants to artists in need during the COVID-19 pandemic
- The state launched a new site, TestIowa.com, for Iowans to self-screen their condition and support prioritized COVID-19 testing at new in-person remote test sites
- Black Hawk County experienced a dramatic surge in cases, as the Waterloo Tyson meatpacking plant announced a major outbreak of cases
- UnityPoint Health announced cuts to staff hours and pay
- After inmates began testing positive for COVID-19, the Iowa Department of Corrections announced they are working to reduce the prison population
- Some summer events announcd cancellations, including RAGBRAI and the Winnebago National Rally