Tuesday, July 28, 2020

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Coronavirus hospitalizations continue to climb according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, IDPH reported 253 more positive cases and 7 additional deaths since 10 a.m. Monday.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – More than half of Iowa health care providers who responded to a survey from state auditor Rob Sand said privatized Medicaid management has not led to a better quality of health care or improved access. In 2016 Iowa contracted with private health care companies to operate the state’s $5 billion Medicaid program. Then Gov. Terry Branstad said the move would save money and provide a better quality of healthcare. Gov. Kim Reynolds has continued to support private Medicaid management.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – The Cedar Rapids School Board says Governor Kim Reynolds’ order that all schools in Iowa must return to at least 50% in-person classes this fall handcuffs local school leaders. In an OpEd written for The Gazette, the Board said Governor Reynolds’ proclamation on July 17 came as a surprise after weeks of working on Return to Learn plans at the directive of the state. Among the issues the Board raised is the stripping of local control over schools to a state-run mandate and process.

IOWA (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has issued a warning regarding reports of unsolicited packages of seed from China and other countries. They say don’t open the packages, or throw them in the trash, as they may contain the seeds of invasive plants.

IOWA (IRN) – Casinos in Iowa are looking forward to an increase in revenue over the next few months. While casino revenue has been down because of COVID-19, with the return of Major League Baseball last week, the National Basketball Association set to resume Thursday, and the National Hockey League returning next week, sportsbooks are preparing for a boom in business.