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Johnson County Public Health and hospitals respond to recent spike in COVID-19 cases

Mercy Hospital is seen in Iowa City, IA on September 25, 2017. Mercy is one of the two major hospitals in Iowa City.

Sebastian Lechuga, News Reporter

July 8, 2020

Despite a sharp increase in positive coronavirus cases in Johnson County in the month of June, Iowa City hospitals say they are not experiencing challenges dealing with an increase in COVID-19 patients. Daily case counts have consistently increased in Johnson County since June 15. Many restaurants and retail s...

Yes, the former U.S. vice president Johnson County is named after held slaves, married and fathered children with enslaved woman

Yes, the former U.S. vice president Johnson County is named after held slaves, married and fathered children with enslaved woman

Lyle Muller, PolitiFact Iowa Editor

July 8, 2020

PolitiFact Iowa is a project of The Daily Iowan’s Ethics & Politics Initiative and PolitiFact to help you find the truth in politics. Edited by Caleb McCullough and Rylee Wilson What do you do when your county is named after a plantation owner from the 19th century who not only own...

Supervisors to form committee to change namesake of Johnson County

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Supervisors discussed budget items for the year.

Rylee Wilson, News Editor

July 8, 2020

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will create a committee to find a new namesake for Johnson County, which is currently named after Vice President and slaveholder Richard Mentor Johnson. As previously reported by The Daily Iowan, University of Iowa Special Collections archivist David McCa...

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...

Gov. Kim Reynolds, Johnson County extend public health emergency declarations

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Gov. Kim Reynolds discussed initiatives such as tax cuts, mental health funding, and workforce training.

Josie Fischels, Summer Editor

June 25, 2020

In response to the spike in positive cases of COVID-19 in Johnson County and other counties in Iowa, the Declaration of the Public Health Disaster Emergency has been extended to Aug. 1, or as long as Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ State Disaster declaration remains in effect, by the approval of the Joh...

Johnson County Supervisor incumbents win primary election

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Supervisors discussed budget items for the year.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

June 2, 2020

Incumbent Johnson County Supervisors Lisa Green-Douglass, Royceann Porter, and Rod Sullivan won the primary election nomination for the Democratic ballot Tuesday night. As of press time, Green-Douglass received the most votes with a total of 18,875 while Porter received 16,961 and Sullivan won t...

Kunkel wins Democratic nomination for Johnson County Sheriff


Molly Allen, News Reporter

June 2, 2020

Detective Sgt. Brad Kunkel won the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary election for Johnson County Sheriff. Kunkel won 82% percent of the vote. His opponent, Sgt. Al Fear, garnered 17% percent of the vote. Lonny Pulkrabek, who served as Johnson County Sheriff for 15 years, ran for th...

Iowa City protest remains mostly peaceful despite tension with police, broken glass

Protesters gather on the Pentacrest for a moment of silence during a protest in Iowa City on Monday, June 1, 2020. Protesters walk through downtown to the Johnson County Jail where they interacted peacefully with the police. Protesters then moved to the Iowa City Police Department where they smashed windows on a door.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

June 2, 2020

A night of protesting unfolded across Iowa City Monday night to protest the death of George Floyd and police violence against black people. The night ended with minor property damage and no major altercations between protesters and Iowa City and Johnson County police. Old Capitol - 21 N. Clinton...

At Coral Ridge Mall, police meet protesters with chemical irritant, flashbangs

Crowd members help each other rinse their eyes with water after being pepper sprayed by police outside of Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville on Monday, June 1, 2020. Social media posts circulated Twitter and Facebook encouraging looters to break into the mall at 10:30 p.m. Police blocked the entrances and the crowd became violent as a man rushed an officer and police used pepper spray and flash bangs on the crowd. Several nearby businesses had property damage to windows and some protesters were handcuffed.

Sarah Watson, Fall Executive Editor

June 1, 2020

More than a dozen police, sheriff, and state trooper squad cars as well as a fire engine blocked off the 25th Avenue entrance to the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville Sunday night into the early hours of Monday morning as a group of about 50 people protesting police brutality against black people gathe...

Hundreds gather at Pentacrest for ‘Say Their Names’ rally against police violence

Protesters raise their hands and chant “Don’t shoot” during the Say Their Names rally on the Pentacrest on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Iowa City community members gathered to remember George Floyd, Ahmed Arbury, Yassin Mohamed and others. Money was collected during the event which went in donation to a vehicle procession carrying protesters going to Minneapolis. There were about five vehicles leaving directly following the rally.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

May 30, 2020

Hundreds of people gathered on the Pentacrest Saturday to rally against police brutality and in honor of George Floyd as days of protests, some violent, have taken place across the United States. Local leaders and protest organizers took turns speaking before the crowd, donned in masks and face sh...

Iowa to ease restrictions on amusement parks, casinos; allows bars to reopen

Kim Reynolds talks at Hy-Vee in Coralville during her 99 Counties tour on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Sarah Watson, Editor

May 26, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced more steps to reopen Iowa businesses, including allowing bars to reopen on Thursday and easing restrictions on casinos and amusement parks beginning in June. At her daily press briefing Tuesday, Reynolds said bars, wineries, and distilleries would be allowed to op...

Iowa City businesses reopened cautiously commencement weekend

University of Iowa juniors Harrison Akienn and Michael Sehelbrop enjoy pizza and beer at the Airliner on Saturday, May 16th, 2020. The Airliner as well as various other local businesses are experiencing a surge in business due to commencement weekend and the state government lifting certain quarantine regulations.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

May 17, 2020

Zoey Sletterhaugh’s parents drove five hours from Kansas City to be with their daughter in Iowa City for her virtual commencement ceremony this weekend.  The trio, which was supposed to include her grandparents, in their 80s, and her brother, wholives in Colorado, spent the morning taking p...