DES MOINES, IOWA (April 28, 2020) — Today, The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 508 additional positive cases for a total of 6,376 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,165 negative tests for a total of 33,447 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

WASHINGTON DC (April 28, 2020) — The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 28, 2020) — In a letter dated April 27 and sent to Vice President Mike Pence — the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force — Governor Kim Reynolds, US Senators Joni Ernst and Charles "Chuck" Grassley, along with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, asked for additional support from the administration for the state’s pork producers.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 27, 2020) — Today, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration until May 27, 2020. The proclamation loosens social distancing measures in 77 Iowa counties effective Friday, May 1, and continues other restrictions until 11:50PM on Friday, May 15, 2020.

On April 25, 2020, US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement commemorating the 75th anniversary of "Elbe Day" — the day, presaging the end of World War 2 in Europe, when Russian and US troops met near the German towns of Strehla and Torgau. The Wall Street Journal reports that this congenial interaction between the two presidents "stirs concern among" members of Congress and officials at the US Departments of State and Defense.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 27, 2020) — On April 26, The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of 384 additional positive cases for a total of 5,476 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,356 negative tests for a total of 30,614 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 24, 2020) — Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 521 additional positive cases for a total of 4,445 positive cases. There have been an additional 2,190 negative tests for a total of 27,528 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, an additional 11 deaths were also reported, 278 are currently hospitalized, and 1,604 Iowans have recovered.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 24, 2020) — Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation permits health-care providers to begin the process of resuming some elective surgeries and procedures through a phased approach, permits farmers markets to begin limited operations with appropriate public-health precautions, and provides other relief to Iowans affected by this disaster.

Are you an "essential worker" who needs to be on the job? Do you run a "non-essential" business" that's required to close and isn't eligible for a government bailout? When you leave your home is it for "essential travel" or are you engaging in "non-essential activity?" "Essential" versus "non-essential" may be the single most significant word-pairing that's come out of the COVID-19 panic and its associated shutdowns, lockdowns, and shakedowns.

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