Iowa sees continued shortages of protective equipment for health workers
Iowa Capital Dispatch: Obtaining enough medical protective equipment will continue to be a challenge for Iowa, particularly now that the federal stockpile is nearly depleted, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday. Reynolds said while the state is continuing to receive protective gear like masks and gowns, the fulfillment of some requests has been delayed due to the high demand for equipment to protect medical workers.

Iowa’s 2020 legislative session shut down until April 30
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Members of the Iowa Legislative Council on Thursday officially suspended the 2020 session until April 30, but conceded little else is known about what tax collections, policies or even timetables may await them once the curve of COVID-19 cases is flattened and they are able to reconvene.

Coronavirus closed the bars; America stocked the liquor cabinet
Wall Street Journal: Sales of alcohol at U.S. liquor and grocery stores jumped 22% for the week ending March 28, compared with the same period last year, according to research firm Nielsen. Online alcohol sales have also soared, while many states are temporarily allowing restaurants and bars — for the first time — to make home deliveries or sell wine and cocktails for takeout. So far, those gains are more than offsetting declines in drinking away from home, according to the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. It says overall wine sales jumped 10% in March from a year earlier and spirits sales 9%.

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