Iowa faces medical equipment shortage
Cedar Rapids Gazette: State public health officials today issued an emergency order due to a shortage of personal protective equipment, allowing health care providers to stretch their supplies by using and reusing masks, gowns and other items beyond the normal use period. Gov. Kim Reynolds reassured Iowans that positive cases of coronavirus are flattening and “plateauing” even though today’s count was 118 new cases that brought the total to 1,388 and included two more deaths in Linn County. The victims described as one older and one elderly resident brought the state’s overall COVID-19 death toll to 31.

IRS says stimulus payments will begin next week

CNN: The Internal Revenue Service said today that some stimulus payments will start going out next week, starting with people who have filed tax returns for 2018 or 2019 and authorized direct deposit. The first round of direct-deposit payments will be made automatically to qualifying taxpayers.