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COVID-19

CDC warns of rising COVID risk in Iowa

For the first time in two months, an Iowa county has a high level of community risk for COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Poweshiek County has that distinction, due to a combination of its infection and hospitalization rates that the CDC uses to ...

Iowa COVID infection rate accelerating; up 50% in past week

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Iowa jumped 50% in the past week, with an average of about 453 confirmed cases per day, according to data published Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The state recorded 3,172 new cases for the past week, up from 2,114 the previous week. ...

CDC restates mask recommendation on planes, trains

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Tuesday restated their recommendation that Americans wear masks on planes, trains and buses, despite a court ruling last month that struck down a national mask mandate on public transportation. Americans age 2 and older should wear a well-fitting masks ...

Iowa’s COVID-19 infection rate doubles in past two weeks

OVID-19 infections per day in Iowa in the past week, which is almost double the rate of two weeks ago, according to new data released Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The state reported 1,716 new confirmed cases for the past week, up from 900 two weeks ago. After the ...

Iowa COVID-19 cases hold steady; hospitalizations rise

State health officials reported 900 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday for the past week — a slight decrease from the previous week’s numbers — but hospitalizations doubled. There were 68 people infected by the coronavirus receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals that day, ...

Auditor: Iowa Gov. Reynolds must return $450K in COVID funds

DES MOINES — Iowa’s state auditor has again called for Gov. Kim Reynolds to return nearly $450,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds that were used to pay for 21 governor’s office staff members for three months in 2020. Auditor Rob Sand, a Democrat, released a report Tuesday that ...