Tyson reopens Columbus Junction plant; new cases at JBS plant in Marshalltown
Des Moines Register: Tyson Foods’ pork processing plant in Columbus Junction is resuming “limited operations” after closing for two weeks due to a coronavirus outbreak there. The company said the plant would reopen today. Tyson closed its location in southeast Iowa on April 6 after an initial report of two dozen coronavirus cases there. In total, about 200 positive cases have been tied to the Columbus Junction plant, along with two deaths presumably caused by the virus. In Marshalltown, 34 of about 2,400 workers at the JBS pork processing plant have tested positive for COVID-19, Mayor Joel Greer said Monday night. Gov. Kim Reynolds has said she does not expect to order meatpacking plants be closed. She considers them an essential operation due to their part in the food supply chain. 

Iowa is denying the public access to some records of its COVID-19 response
Des Moines Register: Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration has denied some requests for information about Iowa’s preparedness and response to the novel coronavirus by citing a broad exemption in the state’s public records law. Two Iowa agencies have denied Des Moines Register requests this month seeking documentation of the state’s pandemic response plan and daily reports regarding the state’s response to the virus and COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

Group seeks solutions for Iowans struggling to file for unemployment
Iowa Capital Dispatch: Out of the 50 refugee clients she’s helped file for unemployment, Abigail Sui said only 20 of them have received money from claims so far. Language barriers, troubles navigating Iowa Workforce Development’s website and phone complications have left some members of Iowa’s refugee community without the money they need to support their families while they’re temporarily laid off from work due to COVID-19, Sui said. These are some of the struggles A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy, also known as “AMOS,” hopes to bring to light during a virtual day of action with its members today over Zoom.

Trump plans to suspend immigration as some governors take first steps to reopen states
New York Times: President Donald Trump announced a plan to close the United States to people trying to come to the country to live and work. He justified the drastic move as a necessary step to protect American workers from foreign competition once the nation’s economy begins to recover from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak.