Rumor Control

The World Health Organization has introduced a rumor control website that also has downloadable graphics. It is available: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

FEMA is operating a rumor control page at https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control
FEMA also provides other great resources like fact sheets: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus
Federal Coronavirus Site: https://www.coronavirus.gov/

The CDC also addresses this on their site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/share-facts.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fshare-facts.html

Medicare Scams and Fraud information: https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus. Iowans can contact Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol for information about scams and to report Fraud. Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol is housed in the Iowa Insurance Division. https://shiip.iowa.gov/smp/

FDA Fraudulent COVID-19 kits Information: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-alerts-consumers-about-unauthorized-fraudulent-covid-19-test-kits. Overall Website: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-issues/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

From Iowa Department of Public Health

04-07-2020:

COVID 19 Guidance For Cloth Face Coverings 04-06-2020

03-28-2020

Homemade Mask Design Guidance From IDPH

03-25-2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 21 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 145 positive cases in 31 counties. There have been 2,578 negative tests. There has also been one death announced.

• Allamakee County 1 middle-aged adults (41-60 years)
• Benton County, 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years)
• Hancock County, 1 middle-aged adults (41-60 years)
• Johnson County, 4 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
• Linn County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
• Muscatine County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
• Polk County, 3 older adults (61-80 years)
• Poweshiek County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)
• Scott County, 2 middle-aged (41-60 years)
• Washington County, 2 adults (18-40 years)

Iowa Covid Cases by County 03-25-2020

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa will begin sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs soon.

Iowans who have traveled recently for business or spring break vacations, whether internationally or domestically outside of Iowa, should strongly consider self-isolating for 14 days. This will support Iowa’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and limit the introduction of the virus from other points of travel.

Iowa has implemented many provisions to emphasize social distancing, and self-isolation after travel is another measure we can take to slow the spread of the virus and avoid quickly overburdening our healthcare system.

IDPH has announced that there is a need for blood donations. Information can be found at: https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus–covid-19–and-blood-donation.html

Iowa Department of Public Health Links

Iowa Department of Public Health Main Page https://idph.iowa.gov/

Iowa Department of Public Health Covid-19 Page https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus

From The Office of the Governor

05-26-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 05-26-2020

05-22-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 05-22-2020

05-20-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 05-20-2020

05-14-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 05-14-2020

05-13-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 05-13-2020

05-12-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 05-12-2020

05-11-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 05-11-2020

05-08-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 05-08-2020

05-07-2020:

Covid-19 JIC update 05-07-2020

05-06-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 05-06-2020

05-05-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 05-05-2020

05-04-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 05-04-2020

05-01-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 05-01-2020

04-30-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-30-2020

04-29-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-29-2020

04-28-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-28-2020

04-27-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-27-2020

04-23-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-24-2020

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-23-2020

04-21-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-21-2020

04-17-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-17-2019

Public Health Press Release Regional Proclamation

04-16-2020:

New Governor Directives Today – Stricter Mitigation Steps for Region 6 (Which includes Winneshiek County)

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-16-2020

04-13-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-13-2020

04-10-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-09-2020

04-08-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-08-2020

04-07-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-06-2020 

04-06-2020:

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration, ordering additional closures

Covid 19 JIC Update 04-04-2020

04-02-2020:

Covid-19 JIC Update 04-01-2020

03-25-2020

In yesterday’s press conference, Governor Reynolds mentioned the “Essential Services” information. This document was produced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is available at https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce As a reminder, this is just guidance and is not currently being used in Iowa as a Shelter in Place order has not been implemented.

Small Business Loans

• Governor Reynolds has announced the creation of The Iowa Small Business Relief Fund. This provides grants from $5,000-$25,000 for small business having between 2 and 25 employees. The application is available at: https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/our-agency-detail-resources/6710. The application is currently available through March 31.

• Governor Reynolds announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of January 31, 2020 and continuing. The declaration allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for low-interest support loans. The declaration comes after Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds submitted a federal funding request via the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
o Applications can be made via the SBA’s website: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
o Applicants can monitor the status of their applications online after submission.
o For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
• Additional resources for businesses can be accessed at www.safeguardiowa.org

Governor Reynolds and DHS Director Garcia discuss child care at: https://www.facebook.com/IAGovernor/videos/150434152903935/

03-20-2020:

Governor Reynolds Statement 03-20-2020