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Social workers, child-welfare services fight for child safety and family support during COVID-19


Mary Hartel, News Reporter

April 13, 2020

Social workers, family needs, and foster care are among the essential services that have not been put on pause amid the novel-coronavirus pandemic. In Iowa, while some non-urgent matters can be done via conference calls, new child abuse or family crisis cases must be conducted in person, and are c...

Small businesses in Iowa are asking for $148 million in state aid

The Pedestrian Mall is seen on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Downtown was quiet during the first weekend after spring break as classes have been moved online and the bars closed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

April 8, 2020

Small businesses in the state have submitted 14,000 applications asking for $148 million in assistance from the state, Iowa Economic Authority Director Debbie Durham said Wednesday at the governor's press conference. Of those applicants, about $10 million was doled out to 500 businesses in grants...

Iowa City City Council votes to pay temporary employees until May 16

City Manager Geoff Fruin speaks at a City Council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Fruin spoke about the proposed plan to build solar panels in Waterworks Prairie Park and the COVID-19 employee pay plan. (Hayden Froehlich/The Daily Iowan.)

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

The Iowa City City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday to approve continued pay for city employees until May 16. After that date, the roughly 260 employees with temporary status would be furloughed unless the council approves an extension. Iowa City City Manager Geoff Fruin provided the council with three...

Iowa City City Council spikes solar energy project in Waterworks Prairie Park

City Council member Pauline Taylor speaks at a City Council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Items included the possible building of solar panels in Waterworks Prairie Park and the COVID-19 city employee pay plan. (Hayden Froehlich/The Daily Iowan.)

Rachel Schilke and Riley Davis

April 7, 2020

Iowa City residents' strong opposition to a solar-energy project at Waterworks Prairie Park prompted the Iowa City City Council on Tuesday to vote unanimously against a lease agreement with MidAmerican which would have advanced the project. Several community members advocated for the city counc...

Johnson County officials say Iowa’s COVID-19 mitigation memo one ‘tool’

Johnson County Public Health Director Dave Koch speaks during a press conference about COVID-19 at the Joint Emergency Communications Center on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2020

Johnson County officials on April 3 downplayed the role of the Iowa Department of Public Health's guidance on implementing COVID-19 mitigation measures including a shelter-in-place order, describing the memo containing those metrics as one of several "tools" for government officials to use in re...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors limit public access to courthouse

The Johnson County Courthouse is seen on March 3, 2020.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

April 2, 2020

Public access to the Johnson County Courthouse will be restricted until April 16, when the closure order expires on other county buildings, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve Thursday. According to a news release from the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, the courthouse’s publi...

Iowa City hospitals ramp up efforts to test for and treat COVID-19 ahead of potential surge

UIHC Chief Medical Officer Theresa Brennan speaks during a media availability event at the IMU on March 4, 2020. The University of Iowa officials spoke to reporters about the UI's actions regarding coronavirus.

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

March 31, 2020

Local health officials are ramping up ways to test for and treat COVID-19 as Iowa hospitals prepare for a projected surge in patients seeking treatment for the disease. UI Hospitals and Clinics Chief Medical Officer Theresa Brennan said the health-care system is currently treating five inpatients for...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors, Board of Public Health discuss local response to COVID-19

Johnson County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Rod Sullivan provides closing comments for the public hearing on a proposed property tax levy. The public hearing occurred in the second floor boardroom of the Johnson County Administrative Building on Monday, Mar. 9, 2020 at 5:30 p.m and no one from the public offered a comment for the hearing.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

March 31, 2020

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors held a telephonic meeting with three members of the Johnson County Board of Health Tuesday to discuss the county’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and the board’s letter to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds concerning authority for a shelter-in-place order. County Attor...

Governor confirms COVID-19 outbreak in Cedar Rapids long-term care facility as Linn surpasses Johnson County with most cases

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

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

March 30, 2020

In her daily press briefing on Monday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds confirmed an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in a Cedar Rapids long-term care facility. Twenty-one of Linn County's 71 COVID-19 cases are directly related to the outbreak, a designation Reynolds said is characterized by three or more...

Independent senator candidates highlight platforms in run for Undergraduate Student Government

University of Iowa Student Government Senators listen to a presentation during a meeting in the IMU on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.

Lauren White, News Reporter

March 29, 2020

Four independent senatorial candidates are vying for seats in the Undergraduate Student Government election, meaning they're running without a ticket affiliation. The independent senator role is intended to make USG more accessible to students. Students running for independent senator positions spoke...

With no shelter-in-place order in Iowa, Johnson County supervisors ask nonessential businesses to scale back operations

Johnson County Supervisors Rod Sullivan and Royceeann Porter  listen to a presentation during a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2020.

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

March 27, 2020

Johnson County Board of Supervisors Chair Rod Sullivan said Friday the supervisors are asking nonessential businesses to scale back their operations and reduce the number of employees in the workspace to contain the spread of COVID-19. With Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' announcement Thursday of the e...

Iowa governor expands business closures amid increasing COVID-19 spread

South Clinton St. is seen empty on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. The spread of coronavirus in Johnson county has been named a public health emergency.(Tate Hildyard/The Daily Iowan.)

Naomi Hofferber, Arts Reporter

March 26, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday said she would expand her order for businesses to remain closed through April 7, extending her directive to encompass more types of shops. Reynolds announced at a press conference that starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, bookstores, clothing and shoe stores, jewelry sto...