The Iowa Insurance Division is alerting investors to be on guard against an anticipated surge of fraudulent investment schemes amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, investors should be wary of investments specifically tied to the threat of COVID-19. Bad actors can be expected to develop schemes that falsely purport to raise capital for companies manufacturing surgical masks and gowns, producing ventilators and other medical equipment, distributing small-molecule drugs and other preventative pharmaceuticals, or manufacturing vaccines and miracle cures. Scammers also will seek to take advantage of concerns with the volatility in the securities markets to promote “safe” investments with “guaranteed returns,” including investments tied to gold, silver and other commodities; oil and gas; and real estate. “Investors should stay clear of anything sounding too good to be true, such as guarantees of high returns with no risk,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said. “Iowans can double-check with our office to make sure the investment and the person offering the investment are properly licensed or registered.” Iowans can contact the Iowa Insurance Division at or 877-955-1212.  

Health care
UnityPoint Health
 has released a list of personal protective equipment and medical supplies and other ways that the community can get involved to support the health system during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the generous offers from the community to make masks for our staff,” said Kim Wallace, regional director of supply chain and logistics operations. ”We will begin collecting them and ask that you follow the pattern and instructions located at” A donation station has been set up inside the parking ramp on Level 4 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center campus (use the handicap entrance) and will be open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Questions regarding donations of supplies or PPE should be directed to Kim Wallace at 515-241-6996 or

Arts and Culture
Although Ankeny parks and trails are open to the public, all playground equipment, shelter houses and most recreational facilities will be closed, city staff announced today. Closed facilities also include park restrooms and water fountains. Team sports and contact play are prohibited. Updates are available online.