DES MOINES, IOWA (March 16, 2020) — Governor Kim Reynolds today announced assistance for workers and employers impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19.  The guidance includes information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims, as well as information on programs available for employers.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 14, 2020) — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of one additional positive case of an Iowan with COVID-19, for a total of 18 positive cases. The individual is an older adult age 61-80, and a resident of Dallas County.

Additionally, IDPH has determined, based on the new COVID-19 case and the announcement this evening of community spread in Omaha, Nebraska, there is now community spread in our state.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 13, 2020) — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of one additional positive case of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in an Iowa resident, for a total of 17 positive cases. This individual was tested in Nebraska, and is now recovering under isolation. Testing at Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory today has indicated no additional positive cases. All positive cases in Iowa at this time are travel related. 

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 12, 2020) — Testing at Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory has indicated two additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa residents, a total of 16 positive cases. An additional 16 tests were negative.  

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 12, 2020) — Governor Kim Reynolds signed SF2142, which provides $85.5 million in new state funding for regular program budgets in the 2020-21 school year. This funding comes at a critical time for school districts looking to finalize their budgets for the coming school year. 

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 12, 2020) — Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Dr Ann Lebo will lead the Iowa Department of Education, effective Friday, March 13, 2020. 

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 10, 2020) — Testing at Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory has indicated five additional presumptive positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa residents, a total of 13 presumptive positive cases. 14 additional tests were negative. All five new cases are in self isolation and recovering at home.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 10, 2020) — Governor Kim Reynolds signed SF155, a bill to allow mobile barber shops in the state of Iowa. Gov Reynolds was joined by Lieutenant Gov Adam Gregg, Iowa lawmakers, and William Burt, the owner of a mobile barbershop serving underprivileged Iowans. SF155 passed the Iowa Senate 49-0 and the Iowa House 92-0.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 10, 2020) — Governor Kim Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg  released a public schedule update for the week of Monday, March 9, 2020-Sunday, March 15, 2020.

The following events are open to credentialed members of the media:

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Gov Reynolds, Lt Gov Gregg hold Invest in Iowa Town Hall

Boone City Hall

923 8th St

Boone, IA

9AM

 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 9, 2020) — Governor Reynolds today signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, activating the disaster response and recovery aspects of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan. The proclamation authorizes state agencies to utilize resources including personnel, equipment and facilities to perform activities necessary to prevent, contain and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus.

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