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Iowa’s Governor Reynolds signs new coronavirus-related proclamation

DES MOINES, Iowa (WOWT) - Iowa’s Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster Proclamation Friday to extend some regulatory relief for an additional 30 days. Gov. Reynolds extended the state’s declaration of COVID-19 as an official health disaster another month as it was set to expire Friday. The new end date is now scheduled for 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 17.
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Iowa sees sharp jump in COVID-19 cases statewide, outbreaks at nursing homes

Iowa has seen a sharp increase in the average number of new COVID-19 cases and in outbreaks at nursing homes this week.  In just four days, the two-week increase in cases surged to 44%, the New York Times reported. The Monday figure was 27%. The previous Friday, Sept. 10, it was 23%. As of Friday, […] The post Iowa sees sharp jump in COVID-19 cases statewide, outbreaks at nursing homes appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Nurse asks Iowans to get vaccinated after her COVID-19 battle

MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA — Nurse Julie Stevens decided to pass on the COVID-19 vaccine when she had a chance. Her reason was that she was concerned with side effects, and maybe missing some days from work if she had symptoms. She ended up contracting COVID, and tried to weather it out...
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Iowa State faculty leaders want the ability to require masks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State University faculty senate leaders want to be able to require masks in their classrooms. The Iowa Board of Regents showed no indication during meetings this week that it may change its policy on university face mask mandates. The Des Moines Register reports that...

COVID Cases Up; Iowa's 4th Congressional District Expands

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported Wednesday 11,588 new positive cases in the past seven days. The number of new COVID-19 infections remains on the rise in Iowa as state health officials are reporting more than 11 thousand new cases have been confirmed in the past week. Nearly 30 percent of the new cases are reported to be in children 17 and under.The state is reporting 578 Iowans are currently hospitalized with the virus. That’s the same number as last week. And 78 percent of those hospitalized are not fully vaccinated. About 87% of ICU patients are not fully vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 62 percent of Iowans 12 and older are fully vaccinated. And all 99 of Iowa’s counties have high levels of community spread.

Polk County Health Department to delay COVID-19 booster distribution

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — The Polk County Health Department announced Friday that it will not begin distributing COVID-19 booster vaccines on Sept. 20. According to a news release, the department will delay booster vaccine distribution because it has yet to be approved by the Federal Drug Administration and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

In Iowa, COVID Cases Are Up; Unemployment is Holding Steady

The number of Iowans hospitalized for COVID-19 in Iowa remains above 500, and one expert says it’s straining the state’s hospital system. Theresa Brennan of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics says the hospital’s ICU is currently dealing with an influx of COVID patients. That’s on top of dealing with a higher than average number of non-COVID patients. Brennan says UIHC is receiving requests for transfers from hospitals across the state -- and country. She says hospitals are facing staff shortages as some are missing work after testing positive for COVID and others are leaving the field from mental burnout.

IDPH reports COVID-19 cases have slightly slowed

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health reports the number of new COVID-19 cases have slowed a bit. IDPH said that more than 11,400 positive tests were reported in the last seven days, which is down about 1% from Wednesday, the last time data was released. The...