Two more Iowans dead from coronavirus
Cedar Rapids Gazette: At least six Iowans have died from the coronavirus epidemic, including two elderly people Sunday night in Linn and Washington counties, state Department of Public Health officials report today. The health agency also has been notified of 88 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 424 positive cases in Iowa. 

Governor’s temporary abortion ban triggers lawsuit
Iowa Capital Dispatch: The ACLU of Iowa, along with Planned Parenthood and the Emma Goldman Clinic, is suing Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state officials for blocking access to surgical abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit, filed today in Johnson County District Court, alleges the March 26 Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, as interpreted by Reynolds, effectively bans abortion in Iowa. It seeks an emergency temporary injunction preventing the state from enforcing that element of the proclamation, as well as a declaratory judgment stating Reynolds’ interpretation violates the Iowa Constitution.

Small-business relief on hold as details are worked out
Corridor Business Journal: Despite Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s vow that about $350 billion in Small Business Administration loans for companies with fewer than 500 employees would go out the door at “lightning speed” – beginning as early as this Friday – the SBA is now saying small businesses might have to wait a bit longer than that.  In guidance sent out today by the SBA’s Iowa District Office, the agency explains that SBA CARES loans will not be available until program details are hammered out, a process it was reluctant to put on a timeline.

Strikes at Amazon, Instacart and Whole Foods show essential workers’ safety concerns
USA Today: Several groups of workers considered essential during the coronavirus crisis say they are planning work stoppages as ways to get improved safety measures and paid leave. Employees at Whole Foods have planned a “sick out” on Tuesday over demands for better conditions including double pay because of the hazards of working during the pandemic. Already, as many as 150,000 workers for grocery delivery service Instacart planned a nationwide strike for today. Also today, workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York, planned to walk out during lunch.

– Gannett, responding to virus-related downturn, announces series of cuts (Poynter)
– Deere shuts down Dubuque Works after positive COVID-19 case (Quad-City Times)
– Macy’s will furlough the majority of its 125,000 employees (CNN Business)
– Wall Street gains as U.S. extends shutdown to limit virus spread (Reuters