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Johnson County Board of Supervisors extend building closures, increase recommended minimum wage

Johnson County supervisors hold a work session over live-stream on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Riley Davis, News Reporter

April 30, 2020

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Thursday to extend the closure of county buildings and continued its 2015 ordinance to recommend employers in the county to increase the minimum wage to $10.63. The building closures will extend until 7:30 a.m. May 18, with the exception of th...

Johnson County Historic Poor Farm to add wellness trail

Johnson County supervisors hold a work session over live-stream on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

April 29, 2020

Johnson County Historic Poor Farm will soon add a wellness trail, produce washing station, and temporary electric deer fence for the property, representatives presented to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors at a work session on Wednesday. The new quarter-mile wellness trail will move throu...

Johnson County leaders recommend still avoiding nonessential travel as other counties set to phase in reopening

The Johnson County Health and Human Services building at 855 South Dubuque Street.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

April 28, 2020

Even as the governor relaxes restrictions statewide on religious gatherings and farmers markets, some Johnson County organizations are hesitant to begin in-person gatherings next week, opting to continue with delays or no-contact operations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. North Liberty Baptist...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors to discuss recommended minimum wage increase to $10.63

Johnson County Supervisors call for the meeting to start at the Johnson County Human Services building before a public hearing to replace the Unified Development Ordinance on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

April 28, 2020

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will discuss raising the county’s recommended minimum wage to $10.63 at their 9 a.m. Wednesday meeting this week.  If passed, its decision would fall in line with the phased increases that were established by vote in 2015, as previously reported by The D...

Iowa’s Ride cancels first statewide bike ride

Bicycles are seen in Solon during the Big Rove bicycle event on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The route, which is part of the RAGBRAI training series, was 36 miles long starting in Iowa City with stops in North Liberty and Solon.

Lauren White, News Reporter

April 28, 2020

Iowa’s Ride has canceled its inaugural bike ride across Iowa to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Iowa’s Ride, created in October by former RAGBRAI staffers, was scheduled for July 12-18 to go through eight towns across Iowa, but the team decided it would be in the best interest of riders and vo...

Iowa allowed to resume elective surgeries, farmers markets, governor says

Fresh produce sits out at the Farmer's Market on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. A new study from the UI shows that the number of farmer's markets has gone up and more people are buying their food locally.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

April 24, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a statewide lift on the ban on elective surgeries and farmers market operations beginning on Monday, as coronavirus cases continue to spike amid ramped up testing. Reynolds called the action the "first step" in the process to reopen Iowa to economic activity, adding...

Johnson County receives federal funding for health care relief

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting is streamed online on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

April 23, 2020

One of the Johnson County treasurer’s accounts received what the treasurer called an unexpected deposit of $68,231.71 from the federal government to assist with county health care relief earlier this week. The transmittal letter that accompanied the deposit specified that the money came from the...

Iowa City City Council faces community pushback for Benton Hill Park prairie restoration

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague sits alone in City Hall while leading a city council meeting conducted over video chat due to health concerns caused by COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Rachel Schilke and Riley Davis

April 21, 2020

Ten emails from concerned Iowa City community members filled the Iowa City City Council’s mailbox before its Tuesday meeting asking city councilors to reconsider selecting a local neighborhood park as a site for prairie restoration. Local neighborhood homeowner Lindsey Park sent an email to th...

University of Iowa students grapple with how, whether to pay rent after classes transition online

Nina Grover, a third-year UI student, poses for a portrait on the balcony of her apartment on Monday, April 20, 2020. (Jake Maish/The Daily Iowan)

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

April 21, 2020

University of Iowa junior Nina Grover was used to paying her groceries, rent, and insurance on time. She kept her finances minutely organized, maintaining one account for personal spending and another for her school expenses. After spring break, she found out she wouldn’t be able to return to he...

UIHC adds requirements for employee personal protective equipment, Mercy enrolls in convalescent plasma treatment

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as seen on Sept. 17, 2018.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

April 21, 2020

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has stepped up requirements for its employees to wear personal protective equipment in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, requiring all employees who have face-to-face interactions with patients to wear both a medical-grade mask and...

Iowa reports 398 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, two-thirds connected to meat-packing facilities

Coronavirus virus outbreak and coronaviruses influenza background as dangerous flu strain cases as a pandemic medical health risk concept with disease cells as a 3D render

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

April 19, 2020

Iowa recorded its highest daily total of positive COVID-19 cases on Sunday, two-thirds of which can be attributed to testing in meat packing plants in the state. The Iowa Department of Public Health said on Sunday that it was notified of an additional 398 positive cases, the largest positive case ...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds closes K-12 schools for the rest of the academic year

(File Photo) The Iowa City School District sign is seen off of North Dodge Street on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. School start times have been adjusted over the past two years in the district. (The Daily Iowan/Joseph Cress)

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

April 17, 2020

All K-12 schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, announced Friday to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. Schools were previously scheduled to reopen May 1. The Iowa Department of Education will also waive instruction time requirements for the 2019-20 s...