Outlets of Des Moines is temporarily closed until April 7 after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an expanded disaster proclamation for Iowa. The outlet mall will reopen as soon as state restrictions are lifted, the company said.
A Kemin Industries employee in Des Moines has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, Kemin announced. The employee has self-isolated at home since March 13 and is recovering, and the facility where the employee works has been deep-cleaned and sanitized.
West Des Moines Community Schools’ Grab-and-Go meal program will offer home delivery beginning March 30 as part of its free program offerings, the district announced. The six meal sites will now be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. Free meal delivery is available to families who receive free or reduced-price meals through WDMCS and cannot attend the pick-up sites. More information and sign-up is available online.
Iowa State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is helping to expand testing collaboration to expedite test results at the State Hygienic Laboratory located at the University of Iowa. The VDL’s molecular diagnostic assays detect infectious agents of livestock, poultry and pets and processes upwards of 90,000 cases each year; the lab’s equipment will begin supplementing the testing process done by the State Hygienic Laboratory.
Des Moines Area Community College will be continuing online courses for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester and implementing a temporary pass/fail grading option, DMACC announced today. DMACC will include a designation on all student transcripts indicating “extraordinary circumstances” during the spring 2020 term, and students have the option to accept an assigned letter grade or to submit a request for pass/fail on all their spring classes in session after March 13. Requests must be submitted to the DMACC Registrar May 14-20. More information is available online.