Nursing home infections spread while state inspectors lack PPE
Iowa Capital Dispatch: The COVID-19 pandemic continued to spread in Iowa nursing homes Monday, as state inspectors relied on the facilities themselves to provide them with personal protective equipment. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday that an outbreak of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a Cedar Rapids nursing home. She said 21 of Linn County’s 71 confirmed cases are now believed to be related to that outbreak. So far, six Iowa nursing homes have reported at least one positive COVID-19 staff member or resident. Fourteen individuals — six residents and eight staff members — at the six Iowa facilities have tested positive.

Axne, Finkenauer urge Reynolds to order Iowans to stay at home amid coronavirus outbreak
Des Moines Register: Two of Iowa’s Democratic members of Congress are calling on Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to issue a stay-at-home order as the state confirms more cases of the novel coronavirus. U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne issued a letter Monday calling for the statewide mandate, and U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer issued one last week. They are among a chorus of voices calling on Reynolds to take more aggressive action limiting Iowans’ social interactions in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.

World Pork Expo canceled
Iowa Farmer Today: The National Pork Producers Council announced Monday that it is canceling the 2020 World Pork Expo due to COVID-19 human health concerns. It had been scheduled for June 3-5 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. This is the second year in a row the event has been canceled. The spread of African swine fever in China was the major factor behind the cancellation of the 2019 event.

Conagra reports rising demand as Shoppers Buy More Food
Wall Street Journal: Conagra Brands Inc. said demand for its products has jumped as consumers race to grocery stores to stock up on food as the coronavirus keeps restaurants closed and people inside. Conagra, which makes Healthy Choice meals, Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn and other packaged foods and snacks, has seen significantly elevated demand in its current fiscal quarter for its business serving grocers and retailers, Chief Executive Sean Connolly said in a statement today. “On a quarter-to-date basis, shipments and consumption in our domestic retail business have increased approximately 50%,” more than offsetting falling demand from restaurant buyers, he said. Earlier this month, General Mills Inc. said it was running factories at near capacity to keep up with higher demand from retailers.

– Coronavirus concerns delay restart of Ford’s North American production (Reuters)
– Furniture giant IKEA making masks to help fight coronavirus (Reuters)
– Walmart to check temperatures of store workers amid coronavirus crisis (Wall Street Journal

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