RAGBRAI called off for 2020 due to coronavirus concerns
Des Moines Register: RAGBRAI organizers announced today that they will push this year’s ride — including the planned route — to July 25-31, 2021. The decision was made after “deep consideration” and conversations with key team members, organizers said. It will be the first time since its 1973 start that bikers haven’t pedaled their way from the Missouri to the Mississippi in Iowa’s July heat to take part in what’s believed to be the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.

Reynolds announces preventive steps at packing plants, nursing homes 
Des Moines Register: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced new steps the state is taking to detect and mitigate COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, meatpacking plants and state prisons as the number of those outbreaks has grown. Reynolds said she does not believe an executive order will be needed to close meatpacking plants, calling them essential workplaces and an important part of the food supply chain. The state has begun providing surveillance testing of meatpacking plants to more broadly test employees even if they are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. State “strike teams” made up of an epidemiologist, an infectious disease nurse and other personnel will advise facilities of preventive measures to take and administer contact tracing to determine who may have been in contact with any infected individual. Those measures are also being implemented for long-term care facilities. 

Oil crashes, ends negative for the first time in history 
Reuters: U.S. crude oil futures turned negative today for the first time in history, ending the day at a stunning minus $37.63 a barrel as traders sold heavily because of rapidly filling storage space at the key Cushing, Okla., delivery point. Physical demand for crude has dried up, creating a global supply glut as billions of people stay home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.