The Daily Iowan

Johnson County Board of Supervisors asks Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds for a shelter-in-place order

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

Riley Davis, News Reporter

March 26, 2020

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved 4-1 a decision Thursday to draft a letter to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, asking her to issue a shelter-in-place order for the state and to give Johnson County officials the authority to issue an order of their own if the need arises. Johnson County Attor...

Local governments hold first virtual meetings, provide access for public participation

City Council convenes virtually on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Iowa City residents could tune in on several online platforms and write in for public comment.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

March 25, 2020

The Iowa City City Council and Johnson County Board of Supervisors are transitioning their regular meetings to a virtual format in an effort to allow for public access and participation amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which has closed public buildings for staff and community safety. The city counc...

Iowa hasn’t issued a shelter-in-place order. What is it?

Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Director Dave Wilson speaks during a press conference about COVID-19 at the Joint Emergency Communications Center in Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

March 24, 2020

County and city governments are looking to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on whether to issue a shelter-in-place order as neighboring states put in place mandatory bans on nonessential travel, while some are weighing declaring one on their own. Reynolds has said she’s not considering a mandatory stay-at-home ord...

Iowa City makes downtown ramps free of charge, continues spring break bus schedule

The Harrison Street Parking Ramp is seen on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

March 23, 2020

The City of Iowa City will make most parking free of charge, the city announced in a release Monday.  City Administrator Geoff Fruin said during a Monday press conference they had pulled cashiers from the City's parking garages and would be conducting very limited downtown meter parking enforcemen...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds temporarily relaxes regulations including halting certain evictions and suspending property tax penalties

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 14.

Josie Fischels, Arts Editor

March 20, 2020

Update: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued an update to her proclamation, clarifying that the governor's office has suspended all interest and penalties on property taxes. It is not suspending the actual collection of property taxes. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued an additional State Public Healt...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors approve new budget, increase in taxes

Johnson County Board of Supervisors vote on the second reading of the Unified Development Ordinance at the Johnson County Treasurer office on Thursday December 12, 2019.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

March 19, 2020

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the fiscal 2020-2021 county budget, an increase to elected officials’ biweekly salaries, and the authorization of loan agreements and issue bonds of up to $18.69 million for the county on Thursday.  The budget estimates that the total taxable value in Johnson Cou...

Iowa City buses won’t charge a fare

Commuters load and unload buses at the Downtown interchange in Iowa City on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

March 19, 2020

Iowa City announced on Thursday that buses will suspend transit fares and will now require passengers to enter through the back doors to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to a city release, city officials would like to promote social distancing while also providing transportation ...

Iowa City declares civil emergency following Johnson County and state declarations

City Hall is seen on July 17, 2019. A variety of city government departments are housed within the building’s walls alongside the Iowa City City Council, which holds meetings in Emma J. Harvat Hall.

Alexandra Skores, News Editor

March 18, 2020

In a release on Wednesday afternoon, Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague declared a 'civil emergency', granting the mayor additional powers to distribute resources and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. According to the release, Teague is now granted additional measures to maintain health, welfare,...

Johnson County, Iowa City buildings except courthouse to shutter beginning Wednesday

Johnson County Board of Supervisors vote on the second reading of the Unified Development Ordinance at the Johnson County Treasurer office on Thursday December 12, 2019.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

March 17, 2020

All Johnson County government buildings except the county courthouse will close until March 31 starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to an emailed statement from the Johnson County Board of Supervisors' office on Tuesday.  Johnson County employees will continue to report to work and provide county se...

Gov. Kim Reynolds confirms Iowa now has 17 coronavirus cases

Gov. Kim Reynolds confirms Iowa now has 17 coronavirus cases

March 13, 2020

In a press conference Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds confirmed another individual tested positive for novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 17. The person was tested in Nebraska, but is a resident of Harrison County in Iowa, Reynolds said. She added that all 22 tests...

Number of coronavirus cases in Johnson County rises to 12, all took same Egypt cruise

UIHC Chief Medical Officer Theresa Brennan speaks during a press conference on Tuesday at the Joint Emergency Communications Center.

Rin Swann, News Reporter

March 10, 2020

The number of presumptive novel coronavirus cases in Johnson County reached 12 on Tuesday after traveling on the same Egypt cruise, state health officials confirmed. A Tuesday press release from the governor announced five additional presumptive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state,...

Iowa City City Council approves Prentiss St. bridge-replacement budget of $1.37 million

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the crowd at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Riley Davis and Rachel Schilke

March 4, 2020

The Iowa City City Council approved the $1.37 million budget for the Prentiss Street bridge replacement project over Ralston Creek on Tuesday night, which will involve the removal and replacement of metal culverts with concrete box culverts, as well as additional roadway and utility improvements. Improvements will ...