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Iowa Democrats to postpone county conventions

University of Iowa students form lines during the caucus at the Iowa Memorial Union on Monday February 3, 2020.

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

March 13, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party is postponing the Democratic County Conventions, scheduled for March 21, over concerns about spreading the novel coronavirus at large public gatherings. The county conventions are the next step in the presidential nominating process following the precinct caucuses held o...

Editorial: All Hawkeyes need to prepare for coronavirus

Editorial: All Hawkeyes need to prepare for coronavirus

DI Editorial Board

March 13, 2020

Certainty is in short supply for students as spring break approaches for the University of Iowa. Classes have been moved online, trips have been canceled, and thousands of students face countless decisions affecting personal and public health. As members of the Daily Iowan Editorial Board, we don’t h...

Opinion: The dream of commencement hangs in the balance for first-generation Hawkeyes amid COVID-19 concerns

Graphic by Katina Zentz

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

Commencement may not carry on as I had envisioned since I was a little girl. I had always wanted to attend a large public university such as the University of Iowa, where campus was my world. My parents had always urged me to do well in school to open doors for a better future — one filled with ...

Johnson County coronavirus patients all participated in the same Hills Bank and Trust Friends Club cruise in Egypt

Hills Bank and Trust Company is seen on April 17, 2019.

Charles Peckman, Senior Reporter

March 12, 2020

Johnson County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 – 14 as of Thursday – were each part of a cruise to Egypt sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust, as the Cedar-Rapids Gazette initially reported Wednesday. The Daily Iowan held publication of this fact on Wednesday in order to await respo...

As coronavirus spreads, University of Iowa students shift spring break plans

Kaylen Luttenegger poses for a portrait on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in the Becker Communication Studies Building. Luttenegger canceled her spring break trip to Spain, but her family plans to fly her brother back, cutting his abroad trip short. “There’s just a lot of unknowns. It’s scary and weird.”

Rin Swann, News Reporter

March 12, 2020

Spring-break plans are shifting unexpectedly for many Hawkeyes leaving this weekend as coronavirus cases mount and the University of Iowa transitions to online instruction for at least a two-week period after break. For some, the UI's decision to transition to online classes until at least April...

Iowa’s K-12 schools prepare for potential move to online learning

Photo Illustration by Raquele Decker

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

March 12, 2020

As Iowa’s public universities announce they will move to online-only instruction through April 3 because of the COVID-19 outbreak, most K-12 schools remain open — though districts are bracing for a possible shift to online learning. Des Moines Public Schools announced on Thursday all class...

“I was absolutely devastated.” Students return home and cancel trips amid COVID-19 outbreaks

The University of Iowa Study abroad office is seen on Monday, October 21st, 2019.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 12, 2020

Anna Hull, a sophomore at the University of Iowa, had just arrived in Austria when she found out she had a week to pack up and return to the U.S. Hull was studying abroad in Italy through CIMBA, a UI program where students spend a semester studying in Italy and traveling around Europe, and recei...

Iowa City businesses prepare for economic impact of COVID-19, students leaving campus

Mammitas Coffee Owner Jacquie Milian poses for a portrait outside of her shop in Iowa City on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Mammitas Coffee will have a grand opening event on January 31 from 5-8 p.m. Attendees can purchase a flight of five different beverages for five dollars.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

March 12, 2020

From open to close a steady stream of people stopped in to buy drinks and pastries at Iowa City's Mammitas Coffee on Thursday, emptying the pastry case by midday. Owner Jacqueline Milian was on her feet making coffee and smoothies by herself for most of the day, until one of her employees arriv...

Iowa City area nursing homes take precautions

Melrose Meadows Retirement Community is seen on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

March 12, 2020

Nursing homes and retirement facilities in the Iowa City area are taking preventative measures to protect patients and residents, amid 14 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Johnson County. Jason Bridie, director of marketing at Lantern Park Specialty Care nursing homes in Iowa, said that ...

Mission Creek Festival canceled, dates for new event to be announced next week

Fans react to Closet Witch during their at Gabe's during Mission Creek's Underground Showcase on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Reporter

March 12, 2020

Mission Creek Festival has been canceled because of growing concern about the coronavirus, according to an email statement made by Mission Creek’s Executive Director Andre Perry. The Iowa City festival was set to run April 1-4.  Perry said in the email that because the public-health situation in th...

Iowa regents consider policy change to give president emergency-authorization authority

Regents President Mike Richards listens during the state Board of Regents meeting at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Friday, November 15, 2018.

Katie Ann McCarver, News Editor

March 13, 2020

The state Board of Regents announced Thursday that it will hold a telephonic meeting at 11 a.m March 17, to discuss emergency preparedness according to Iowa Code, as well as consider changes to the regents' policy manual that would authorize the regent president to declare a state of emergency at re...

Letter From the Editor: The Daily Iowan to continue publishing after spring break during COVID-19 in-person class suspension

The Daily Iowan newsroom is seen on Feb. 26, 2019.

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

The University of Iowa community is preparing for two weeks of online course instruction from March 23 through at least April 3 after spring break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the UI’s independent student-run news organization, The Daily Iowan considered what the university’s decision...