Employees at Iowa dog treat factory plead with Tyson to shut it down after COVID-19 death
CNN Business: Employees at a Tyson plant in Independence, Iowa, say they’re fearful and on edge after a colleague died from complications of COVID-19. They work in an industry few realize has been deemed essential by the federal government: the pet food industry. Plant workers say they don’t feel properly protected from the virus. The company temporarily shut down two other plants in the state earlier this month due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Tyson says the Independence plant, which employs nearly 250 people, is critical infrastructure and essential to the nation’s food supply. The plant manufactures dog treats.

Iowa’s Ride cancels inaugural cycling event due to coronavirus concerns
Des Moines Register: Iowa’s Ride has canceled its inaugural event amid concerns of the spread of the novel coronavirus, organizers announced Monday on the event website. The ride was slated to cross the state the week of July 12-18. Officials have offered registered participants a 75% refund in response to the cancellation. Fees and ticket payments cannot be refunded, according to the statement from Iowa’s Ride leadership.

Small businesses, lenders frustrated by problems with emergency loan program
CNN Business: Lenders and small business owners who had hoped the kinks had finally been worked out of the government’s small business lending program were exasperated by their experience Monday, when system-wide shutdowns prompted a wave of complaints. Business owners who have been waiting weeks for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program — originally designed to make sure employers can keep workers on payroll during coronavirus closures — may still be in the queue for a fresh round of $310 billion in cash after some small lenders failed to get even a few dozen applications uploaded.