Public Health and Government
Iowa Workforce Development has updated its leave policy for those filing unemployment insurance benefits following the enactment of the CARES Act. Effective immediately, employees who are or will be laid off or are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19 will no longer be required to use all paid leave before being eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. The change is not retroactive and claims will not be backdated prior to the week of March 29, IWD said. More information is available online

Health care
Hy-Vee to stream daily KidsFit video activities for kids, families 
As schools remain closed across the region due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Hy-Vee has begun offering its Hy-Vee KidsFit program online by streaming a free daily 15- to 20-minute video to share fun, physical activities with children and families. In addition to keeping kids moving and active, the goal of the daily videos is to provide a structured routine for children to follow while they are at home. A new video will be shared every day at 9 a.m., seven days a week. The videos can be viewed on or by selecting the Hy-Vee KidsFit At Home video. 

Arts and Culture

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is closed until further notice, the organization announced on Friday. Updates and digital gardening content are available online

Catch Des Moines launched the Support Local Resource Hub over the weekend to collect resources for local businesses, residents and visitors during the COVID-19 outbreak. The site includes resources for event planners, small businesses and parents seeking virtual family activities hosted by local entities. 

Des Moines Area Community College
 issued a clarification after its statement last week announcing that the college would move to online-only classes. Lab-based classes are scheduled to resume the week of April 13. Ongoing updates are available online