DES MOINES — The number of new COVID-19 cases announced Wednesday in Iowa fell slightly from Tuesday’s record, but it remained near triple digits.

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Schools, churches, organizations, businesses and public facilities have announced closings, cancellations and changes due to the coronavirus outbreak.

After moving to block 3M's exports and lambasting the company on Twitter, President Donald Trump said Monday he has reached a deal with 3M to provide millions of protective masks.


On Monday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds held firm her position against declaring a statewide mandated shelter-in-place order, though state officials continue to request citizens only venture out of their homes when necessary.

RURAL SEYMOUR — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced new restrictions on livestock auctions. The announcement came Thursday after a trotting horse auction in Seymour with hundreds in attendance from multiple states was allowed to take place.

On March 27, Knoxville Hospital & Clinics announced patients can now schedule virtual appointments, allowing patients to “see” their primary care providers without leaving their homes.

The Knoxville Community School District on March 26 reached 478 meals served to students during school closures. All people handing out meals are volunteers, and meals are prepared by the district’s food service employees.

WASHINGTON — A $2 trillion bill to aid workers, health care providers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic is now law after passage in the U.S. House and President Trump’s approval on Friday. Many House members reconvened in Washington to approve the 880-page measure, which stands to be the largest economic aid package in U.S. history. […]

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday she has extended her emergency COVID-19 response order an additional week, until April 7, and added to the list of businesses that must close. Her new order suspended elective and non-essential dental, orthodontic and medical procedures that can be delayed. That part of the order is effective at 5 […]

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate late Wednesday night approved a $2 trillion spending bill that aims to provide economic relief for workers and businesses and to aid hospitals and states reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. The chamber voted 96-0 to pass the bill in an unusual display of bipartisanship. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who tested […]

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Iowa reported 21 additional positive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday morning, for a total of 145 positive cases. The Iowa Department of Public Health says that of the 107 cases now being tracked, 71 have never — at least yet — been hospitalized; 23 are currently hospitalized; 12 have been discharged from the hospital and are […]

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Recent closures to stop the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state have left small business owners with uncertainty, fear and unanswered questions. But strong community support has given them hope.

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Iowa officials said Monday that an analysis of the latest data on the spread of COVID-19 indicates the state is “not quite” at the point where a stay-at-home order is needed. At a press conference Monday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and public health officials said they’re relying on hospitalization data to indicate if, and when, […]

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OTTUMWA — State officials confirmed the first case of the virus that causes COVID-19 in Wapello County as the number of Iowa cases passed 100.

DES MOINES – Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) announced Friday the college-wide cancellation of its spring semester commencement ceremonies due to the impact of COVID-19.

The state of Iowa has already been hit with a “staggering” and unprecedented number of unemployment claims as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, even though it isn’t ordering residents to stay home, state officials said Friday. Gov. Kim Reynolds said at a Friday afternoon press conference that while some states, such as Illinois, have […]

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WASHINGTON — Why does it take so long to get COVID-19 test results? How can we take care of elderly parents? Can Congress work around the president, if necessary, to ramp up production of medical equipment? These were some of the questions Iowans asked Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-1st District, and state public health officials in […]

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced an additional state public health emergency declaration Friday, relaxing a range of state regulations, including the collection of property taxes. The order also suspends some landlord evictions and allows restaurants to sell alcohol through take-out, delivery and drive-thrus. The declaration aims to ease burdens on Iowans during the COVID-19 crisis […]

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With an increasing concern for the health of guests, volunteers, participants, vendors and the city of Pella, the status of the 2020 Tulip Time Festival is uncertain.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is requiring Iowans to make appointments for driver’s licenses and identification services beginning March 17, as part of an effort to reduce the number of people waiting in service centers.

The Iowa Public Information Board has notified local governments that they must continue to follow the open meetings and open records law during the coronavirus outbreak, even if it means holding a properly disclosed electronic meeting.


Iowa lawmakers approved legislation late Monday and early Tuesday to give Gov. Kim Reynolds broad authority to run state government for at least 30 days while the Legislature suspends its session to try to curb the spread of COVID-19.

OTTUMWA — It’s understandable that people are rattled by the rapid developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak and steps being taken to slow the virus’ spread. Scammers are hoping that means you’ll let down your guard.

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