Public Health and Government
The city of Ankeny is requesting that the public donate homemade masks for essential public workers to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The city is calling for donated masks to protect employees including public works, utilities, park maintenance and office staff. Fire/EMS and police staff will continue to wear appropriate PPE when coming in contact with patients, and will wear the homemade masks when at the station in between calls. Guidelines to sew homemade masks by the Centers for Disease Control are available online, but other patterns are acceptable as well. The Ankeny Fire Department is also accepting N95 masks, surgical marks, disposable coveralls and waterless hand cleaner. Donations can be dropped off at the Ankeny Fire Department headquarters at 120 N.W. Ash Drive. More information is available online

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released online guides with information about best practices for retail food stores, restaurants and associated pickup and delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic to safeguard workers and consumers. The guidelines address key considerations for how foods offered at retail can be safely handled and delivered to the public, as well as key best practices for employee health, cleaning and sanitizing, and personal protective equipment. The FDA also encourages consulting references and links provided on its site from other federal agencies. 

MidAmerican Energy Co.
 released the names of six Central Iowa nonprofits receiving a combined $500,000 donation from the company to support local COVID-19 relief efforts. The funds will support the Des Moines Disaster Recovery Fund by the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines ($50,000), the Food Bank of Iowa ($50,000), the Des Moines Area Religious Council ($5,000), Bidwell River Center ($2,500), Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa ($2,500) and Urbandale Food Pantry ($2,500).