DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 463 new coronavirus cases and 7 additional deaths Saturday. A total of 480,425 Iowans have been tested for COVID-19. IDPH reported 4,804 Iowans tested the previous day, with a positivity rate of 8.2%. One of 7 Iowans have been tested and one of 70 Iowans have tested positive.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie on Friday issued an amendment to his March 15 emergency health proclamation for the city of Des Moines to include a strong encouragement for mask use and new limits on gatherings on public property. Mayor Cownie issued the amendment on coronavirus mitigation due to new positive cases of the virus continuing at an alarming rate in Polk County and in the City of Des Moines.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A day after Gov. Kim Reynolds announced new guidelines for Iowa schools, the state’s largest school district is planning to ask for permission to push back its start date. The Des Moines Public Schools wants to start classes online, and then slowly move students back into the classroom as conditions allow.
IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Researchers for University of Iowa Health Care hope to enroll 250 healthy adults to test a new RNA vaccine made by Pfizer in the fight against COVID-19. UIHC is one of roughly 120 sites testing the vaccine. The research team is looking for men and women aged 18-85 with stable health and who work in essential jobs like food production or health care.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – The St. Louis Cardinals were to play in Milwaukee’s home opener last night but the game is off after two Cardinals’ players tested positive for COVID-19. The Cardinals are self-isolating. This brings up a concern if the Cardinals will be playing on August 13th, in Dyersville, at the Field of Dreams movie site against the Chicago White Sox. Crews are building the game field in the outfield of the movie site, with a temporary 8,000-seat stadium that, now, will be empty, if the game is still on for August 13th.