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Concerns over COVID-19 have forced a Sioux City homeless shelter to close, while other shelters around the state remain open with plans to accommodate people and combat the disease.

Kate Payne

Iowa City officials say they’re considering replacing some benches downtown after advocates labeled them as hostile to homeless people. Two dozen advocates chanted and carried signs through the downtown Pedestrian Mall Monday to draw attention to the issue.