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Additional cases and deaths confirmed in Iowa, state’s coronavirus website undergoing maintenance

DES MOINES – Today, the state of Iowa has been notified of 419 additional positive cases for a total of 16,767 positive cases. There have been additional 4,336 negative tests for a total of 106,223 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. The positivity rate for […]

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Increases to 10.2 Percent in April

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 10.2 percent in April. The state’s jobless rate was 2.7 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent in April. “April is the first month we have seen the real impact of the pandemic on our unemployment rate. We remain […]

Iowa Workforce Development reports initial unemployment insurance claims filed for week of May 10 – May 16, 2020

DES MOINES – The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, May 10, and Saturday, May 16, was 13,040. There were 12,011 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 1,029 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state. The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims […]

Iowa Crop Progress and Conditions Report Week of May 11-17, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (May 18, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly from April through November. “Late last week, a portion of Iowa was deemed ‘abnormally dry’ by the U.S. Drought […]

Iowa Cash Rents Show Slight Increase

Cash rent per acre up over last year, but economic challenges could influence the future AMES, Iowa – Despite another difficult year in agriculture, cash rents still posted an increase of about 1.4%, according to this year’s Cash Rental Rates for Iowa 2020 Survey, released earlier this month. Rates across the state averaged $222 per […]

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits summer school activities, including baseball and softball, to resume on June 1. And effective this Friday, May 22, Movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues will be permitted to reopen with appropriate public health […]

More than $500M in federal aid heading to Iowa hospitals would cover only half their COVID-19 losses

By Lyle Muller / IowaWatch Iowa hospitals received $190.3 million in CARES Act relief fund payments in April and were expecting as much as $360 million more in a second round of federal relief aid underway now, interviews and documents shared with IowaWatch show. Some of the state’s 118 hospitals also received in April advance […]

Secretary Naig: USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Offers Much Needed Support for Ag Community

DES MOINES, Iowa (May 19, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig issued the following statement in response to the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program announcement today. “COVID-19 has disrupted the entire food supply chain and the agriculture community is hurting,” said Secretary Naig. “We are grateful to the Trump administration and the USDA […]

Goodwill of Central Iowa Announces Store Re-Openings and Closures As Result of COVID19

A Goodwill of Central Iowa Press Release Goodwill of Central Iowa, a non-profit organization providing jobs and job training opportunities to people facing barriers to employment, re-opened 10 of its retail stores this week with additional safety protocols in place to protect employees and shoppers. Today, the Ames, Johnston, Indianola, Ottumwa, Jordan Creek, West Des […]

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place. It also permits restaurants (but not bars), fitness centers, libraries, and race tracks to […]

               

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