Public Health and Government
The city of Clive has issued an emergency proclamation to extend the closure of city park playgrounds, shelters, restrooms and city facilities through April. The proclamation also allows the city to amend its timeline as response to COVID-19 continues. More information is available online.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Saturday obligated more than $44 million to the state of Iowa for eligible work in the COVID-19 response, the Des Moines Register reported. The funding represents a 75% federal share of an estimated $59 million total cost to assist the state in its purchases of personal protective equipment such as isolation gowns, masks and ventilators for hospitals, medical clinics, city and county governments, and certain private nonprofits across the state. Iowa is the only state in FEMA’s Region 7 — which includes Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri — that has submitted a request for personal protection equipment, often referred to as PPE, the Register reported Saturday. Iowa is asking the federal government to pay for the remaining portion and the state expects to make additional requests as the coronavirus response continues, Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement. FEMA has made available a fact sheet with more information and a simplified application for organizations to apply for funds.
The Iowa Health Care Association is encouraging businesses that may have excess personal protective equipment supplies, such as face masks, gloves and gowns, to donate or sell those supplies to Iowa’s long-term care providers. The IHCA works with nursing facilities, assisted living communities and home health agencies that care for elderly and vulnerable residents, who are also at the highest risk for COVID-19. More information is available online.
Iowa Workforce Development has developed an outline detailing the benefits and implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, which provides unemployment benefits for the self-employed, independent contractors, nonprofit employees, gig economy workers, those who have exhausted other unemployment insurance benefits, and those who may not have sufficient work history to qualify for a regular state claim. The CARES Act also includes eligibility for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits in any amount to be paid an additional $600 weekly benefit. After receiving guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, IWD has begun aligning resources and technology to create the necessary processes to be able to pay qualified individuals their benefits as quickly as possible, Iowa Workforce Development said. Those processes should be ready within the next 10 days, the agency said.
Arts and Culture
The Foundation for Children & Families of Iowa is postponing the 2020 Tango Gala to a yet-to-be-determined date, the organization announced this weekend. Service requests by community members facing food insecurity, the lack of basic needs and affordable housing and income instability have amplified since the COVID-19 crisis began, CFI said in a statement. More information is available online.
The West Des Moines Historical Society is collecting stories of how COVID-19 is affecting Iowans’ lives as part of its new project, “Share Your Stories: Life During COVID-19.” Stories will be added to the archives of the West Des Moines Historical Society and made available to the public and retained for future study. More information is available online or at 225-1286.
Public Health and Government