Influential model lowers coronavirus death estimates in Iowa, nationally
Cedar Rapids Gazette: A leading forecasting model used by the White House to chart the novel coronavirus pandemic predicted this week that the United States may need fewer hospital beds, ventilators and other equipment than previously projected. On April 2, the model used by the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation projected that 93,531 people in the United States would die of COVID-19 by Aug. 4. When the model was updated this week with new data, it lowered that projection to 81,766. Likewise, for Iowa, the model now predicts the state will see 420 COVID-19 deaths by Aug. 4 — about half what it projected a few weeks ago. The model projects that deaths in Iowa will peak with 17 on April 26.

GM to make 30,000 ventilators for national stockpile in $489 million contract
Wall Street Journal: General Motors Co. making 30,000 ventilators for the national stockpile in a $489.4 million contract with the Department of Health and Human Services, as surging COVID-19 cases have tested medical capacities across the U.S. Under the contract, struck under the Defense Production Act, GM is expected to deliver 6,132 ventilators by June 1 and the remainder by the end of August, the department said today. GM said it is working with Ventec Life Systems to make the ventilators.

Nearly a third of U.S. renters didn’t pay April rent
Wall Street Journal: Nearly a third of U.S. apartment renters didn’t pay any of their April rent during the first week of the month, according to new data to be released today by the National Multifamily Housing Council and a consortium of real-estate data providers. The numbers are the first hard look at how many Americans are struggling to make rent during the coronavirus pandemic.