UI researchers warn ‘a second wave of infections is likely’ if mitigation efforts are lifted
Des Moines Register: Researchers at the University of Iowa warned Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration that it should keep COVID-19 mitigation efforts in place within the state or “a second wave of infections is likely.” The warning was included in a 12-page report sent to the Iowa Department of Public Health from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. “… Prevention measures should remain in place,” the report said. “Without such measures being continued, a second wave of infections is likely.”

Advocates: Asians in Iowa report more harassment amid coronavirus
IowaWatch: Asian and Pacific Islander community members in Iowa say they have witnessed a rise in racism and xenophobia since COVID-19 emerged in Iowa March 8 after the initial outbreak in China in January. There have been few complaints filed with Iowa officials, but some individuals shared their experiences. As fears of the virus spread, so too have they seeped into local communities, taking the form of microaggressions against those who are perceived to be from China.

Trump to order U.S. meat plants to stay open amid pandemic
Bloomberg: President Donald Trump plans to order meat processing plants to remain open as the nation confronts growing food supply disruptions from the coronavirus outbreak, a person familiar with the matter said. Trump plans to use the Defense Production Act to order the companies to stay open as critical infrastructure, and the government will provide additional protective gear for employees as well as guidance, according to the person.

– JetBlue is the first major U.S. airline to require masks for passengers (New York Times)
– Southwest cuts Boeing jet deliveries after first quarterly loss in nine years (Reuters)