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University of Iowa says failure to follow face-covering mandate could lead to one-day suspension from class

A mask sits on the Irving B. Weber statue in front of Van Allen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Cole Krutzfield, News Reporter

July 30, 2020

As the University of Iowa plans to reopen for in-person instruction in the fall semester, campus officials and the City of Iowa City are both working to mandate face-coverings in public in an effort to stop the transmission of the coronavirus. As previously reported by The Daily Iowan, Iowa City Mayo...

Iowa regents approve property transfer to allow relocation of historic Iowa City home

The Sanxay-Gilmore House on is seen on June 15 on Market Street in Iowa City.

Kelsey Harrell, Managing Digital Editor

July 29, 2020

The state Board of Regents approved a property transfer of 0.2 acres of land from the City of Iowa City to the University of Iowa, which will become the new location for the Sanxay-Gilmore House. The City of Iowa City would transfer ownership of the 0.2 acres of land, which is currently a metered-par...

Local bars consider future for providing live entertainment

The front entrance to Gabe's is seen on Thursday, July 16 in Iowa City.

Megan Conroy, Arts Reporter

July 16, 2020

Coronavirus cases in Johnson County have been rising since June 15, motivating some downtown Iowa City businesses like Oasis and Revival to close their doors once again. However, a few local bars have decided after a short closing period to reopen their doors, though the question remains for many whether ...

Bookstores feel impact as the COVID-19 plot thickens

From left to right, Sidekick Coffee manager Katy Herbold, The Haunted Bookshop manager Nialle Sylvan and her husband Joshua Langseth, and Prairie Lights manager Jan Weissmiller pose for a portrait. Contributed. (Sidekick Coffee photo by Rebecca Sanabria)

Madison Lotenschtein, Arts Editor

July 15, 2020

When walking into The Haunted Bookshop, customers and perusers are greeted by the worn, musty smell of books and the occasional feline friend curled up by a windowsill. Nothing but the gentle turn of a page or the sound of soft footsteps can be heard while sifting through endless knowledge on it...

Mask of Wellness campaign aims to raise COVID-Consciousness

A graphic encouraging community members to wear masks, contributed by Dr. David Krupp.

Ning Guo, News Reporter

July 13, 2020

Iowa City physician David Krupp and pharmacist Robbie Schwenker recently launched the Mask of Wellness project with the goal of reducing the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging proper mask-wearing, sufficient hygiene and health practices in businesses, and changing the mindset around wearing masks...

Iowa City joins other cities in filing amicus brief supporting international students

Over 100 flags are on display on the Iowa Memorial Union Pedestrian Bridge to recognize the international students on campus.

Rylee Wilson, News Editor

July 13, 2020

Iowa City joined 25 other cities and counties in filing an amicus brief supporting international students and explaining their importance to the local economy in university towns.  The brief was filed in support of a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The lawsuit challenges a recent decision by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program that asks international students to leave the United States if their college courses are all online because of the c...

Experts point to large indoor social gatherings as cause for recent uptick in COVID-19 cases

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are seen on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Tate Hildyard/The Daily Iowan)

Lillian Poulsen, News Reporter

July 12, 2020

Public health experts say that a lack of appropriate face-covering and lack of social distancing are to blame for the recent spike in positive coronavirus cases in Johnson County. They urge residents to continue washing their hands, wearing face coverings when in public, and staying home as much ...

Public-health officials examine effects of alcohol consumption on spread of COVID-19

Beer flows as patrons enjoy on a sunny afternoon. As seen on Sunday, July 13, 2020. (Jeff Sigmund/The Daily Iowan)

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

July 12, 2020

Local public health experts are examining the role that alcohol consumption may play in contracting and transmitting the coronavirus as the volume of positive cases continues to climb in Johnson County and around Iowa. Paul Gilbert, assistant professor in the University of Iowa College of Publi...

Iowa City animal shelters and groomers see increased business

Groomer Brandi Reynolds works on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Hawk-Dog Grooming in Iowa City.

Cole Krutzfield, News Reporter

July 9, 2020

Increased mitigation measures and social-distancing restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has created extra time for people to do things they may not have otherwise — in this case, adopt a pet. Chris Whitmore, animal services coordinator at the Iowa City Animal Shelter, noted an in...

Rummage in the Ramp aims to reduce landfill waste virtually

Shoppers sort through used kitchenware, clothing, and furniture during Rummage in the Ramp in the Chauncey Swan parking ramp on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Rummage in the Ramp is put on annually by the city in order to reduce the mass of belongings abandoned on curbs and to raise money for a variety of nonprofit organizations. (Nick Rohlman/The Daily Iowan)

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

July 6, 2020

Iowa City’s Rummage in the Ramp in-person event was canceled this summer, along with most other annual traditions in the city, due to concern about community spread of the coronavirus. The city-sponsored event began in 2007 with the goal of reducing reusable items going into the landfill over ...

Iowa Freedom Riders continue push for change with Fourth of July protest

Protesters gather to commemorate a new mural that celebrates Black lives on Saturday, July 4, 2020 on Linn Street in Iowa City. After multiple speakers shared personal stories of inequality at the Pentacrest, protesters walked to Linn Street to celebrate an unveiling of a mural by Robert Moore and Dana Harrison.

Josie Fischels, Summer Editor

July 5, 2020

A Saturday night protest led by the Iowa Freedom Riders celebrated Black art by making a stop at the official unveiling of a new mural on 202 N Linn Street, “Reciprocal of Humanity.” The mural was painted by Iowa-based artists Robert Moore and his partner, Dana Harrison.  “The IFR have been asking...

Community members call for change to the namesake of Johnson County amid anti-racism movement

The Johnson County Courthouse in Iowa City is seen on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

July 2, 2020

Iowa City community members are urging Johnson County residents and local leaders to reconsider the namesake of Johnson County. Currently named for former U.S. Vice President and slave owner Richard Mentor Johnson, the county was established in his name in 1837. The initiative to change the J...