Month: April 2020

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Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(BOSTON) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has partnered with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to purchase 1.4 million N95 masks from China as the U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to rise. Kraft also personally purchased an additional 300,000 N95 masks for New York state, which has become the […]

The Iowa businesses that Governor Kim Reynolds ordered to close last month must remain closed during the month of April. “I am also ordering that school closures are extended through April 30th,” she said this afternoon at her daily news conference. “Keeping Iowa students out of classrooms is a very difficult decision — but it […]

Dozens of Iowa prison inmates are working to expand the state’s stockpiles of personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer. According to the Department of Corrections, about 75 men and women in state prisons are making thousands of fabric masks and gowns, with plans to expand to face shields. DOC spokesman Cord Overton says the inmates […]

March wrapped up being wetter than average across most of Iowa, according to state climatologist Justin Glisan. “Only sections of southwest Iowa were below average for precipitation,” Glisan says. “If we look at the statewide average, we were at about three inches of precipitation, rainfall and snow, and that’s about eight-tenths of an inch above […]

A horse auction is underway today in Wayne County, with a large group of buyers from the Amish community gathering in person for the sale. The Corydon Times-Republican newspaper reports Wayne County Public Health officials strongly opposed the gathering. KCCI TV reports those who entered the auction site would undergo a health screening first. Livestock […]

Iowa saw a record number of people file for unemployment as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Iowa Workforce Development reports there were 58,435 COVID-19 unemployment claims filed between March 22 and 28th. More than 12,000 of those claims came in the food, hotel, and related services area. Health care and manufacturing each saw more than 7,000 […]

State tax collections dropped nine percent in March. That drop is not due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Legislative Services Agency. It happened because the State of Iowa sent out $70 million more in state income tax refunds this March compared to March of last year. The state fiscal year began July 1, […]

A major eastern Iowa hospital is asking all residents in Iowa’s second-largest city to wear face masks at all times when they’re outside their homes. Doctor Timothy Quinn, chief of clinical operations at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, says cloth masks are a first line of defense in slowing down the spread of COVID-19 […]

A major eastern Iowa hospital is asking all residents in Iowa’s second-largest city to wear face masks at all times when they’re outside their homes. Doctor Timothy Quinn, chief of clinical operations at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, says cloth masks are a first line of defense in slowing down the spread of COVID-19 […]

A quarterly survey of the state’s largest businesses released today predictably plummeted after months of positive news. Iowa Business Council executive director, Joe Murphy, says their overall economic outlook index fell to 37.5. “At the end of 2019, we were at just over 60 for our score for the economic outlook. Anything above 50 represents […]


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