D.M. schools commit to paying staff during shutdown, but most Iowa districts undecided
Des Moines Register: Several school districts in the Des Moines area affirmed that teachers and support staff will continue to be paid during the four weeks that classes are suspended in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, a majority of the state’s 330 public school districts have yet to say whether they will keep paying hourly staffers, according to the Iowa State Education Association, the union that represents the state’s educators. 

Des Moines Water Works plant operators to be sequestered in campers

Iowa Capital Dispatch: Des Moines Water Works plant operators are moving into about a dozen rented campers spread among three treatment plants, where they will be sequestered during the COVID-19 outbreak, a utility spokeswoman said. Public affairs manager Laura Sarcone said 10 campers are in place along Fleur Drive at the main treatment plant. Overall, 20 campers will be spread among the Fleur plant and satellite plants in the Saylorville area and at Maffitt Reservoir southwest of Des Moines. Two operators will live in each camper, and will leave to perform their normal duties at the plants. They won’t leave the property. The idea is to keep them from being exposed to the virus, Sarcone said.

Coralville biotech company to produce millions of test kits for coronavirus

Clay and Milk: Integrated DNA Technologies in Coralville announced that it has received approval to make kits to test for coronavirus. As of March 9, IDT had manufactured more than 1 million CDC-approved tests primer and probe kits. Beginning this week, the company expects to produce enough primer and probe kits for 5 million tests on a weekly basis. IDT was the first company in the nation to have its kits approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From Boeing to Tennessee whiskey, coronavirus U.S. bailout requests top $2 trillion

Reuters: As the coronavirus pandemic threatens to bring U.S. economic activity to a halt, American businesses are jockeying for a financial lifeline from President Donald Trump’s administration and Congress. Here is a look at requests to federal or state lawmakers for aid to offset the economic fallout of the coronavirus.

– Italy, at 3,405, surpasses China in number of coronavirus deaths (CNN)
– Fed aims to keep dollars flowing globally in nine new agreements (New York Times)
– Uber shares soar after CEO says it has enough cash to ride out crisis (Reuters)
– Wall Street ekes out gains as Fed steps in (Reuters