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COVID-19

Iowa to shutter state-run coronavirus Test Iowa in July

DES MOINES — The state of Iowa is ending its coronavirus testing program next month saying demand has fallen for testing at the state-funded drive-thru and clinic sites. “Demand for testing is at its lowest levels in more than a year since vaccine is now widely available and virus activity ...

Polk County approves vaccine lottery

Polk County is starting a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program in the form of a lottery this summer. Fully vaccinated residents can enter to win up to $50,000 starting June 25. The county is beginning the vaccine lottery with its first drawing on June 25, the Polk County Board of Supervisors ...

Auditor questions Reynolds’ spending for COVID-19 ads

DES MOINES — Iowa’s Democratic auditor accused the state’s Republican governor Thursday of violating a 2018 state law that prohibits statewide elected officials from using public funds for self promotion, arguing she broke the law by making ads promoting coronavirus public safety ...

Iowa COVID-19 vaccinations drop 32% in a week

The number of COVID-19 vaccinations in Iowa has dropped by 32 percent in the past week, the Washington Post reported. The state has shifted to focusing on select populations and events such as baseball games. Some businesses are offering incentives for getting vaccinated. With 43.9 percent ...

Iowa’s new COVID cases drop 50%

Iowa’s new COVID-19 cases dropped by 50 percent over the past two weeks, the New York Times reported. The state has been averaging 135 new cases a day this week. The 102 new cases reported Thursday was one of the lowest numbers since the pandemic began to take off in April 2020. Gov. Kim ...

Tourism Director talks return to normal

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Tourism Director Andrew Potter is seeing a return to normal for Marshalltown after a year marred by a pandemic. Sporting events, large gatherings, meetings and conferences highlight a turning of the corner in terms of tourism for the city. “People are getting back ...