4 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Iowa as state approaches 10,000 positive cases
Des Moines Register: Another four people with COVID-19 have died, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported Monday, bringing the statewide total to 188. Additionally, 534 people have tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. Statewide, 9,703 have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the people who have tested positive, 3,486 have recovered, the IDPH reported. Statewide, more than 47,000 people have tested negative, according to the IDPH.
Reynolds on reopening: ‘This isn’t political’
Iowa Capital Dispatch: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday pushed back on suggestions that her partial reopening of the state is politically motivated, adding that she is looking every day for data that suggest she can reopen more of the state. Reynolds spoke after a weekend when laboratories caught up with added testing in the state, which brought more than 700 positive results on both Friday and Saturday and more than 500 on both Sunday and Monday. “These are some of the hardest decisions that I have had to make as governor,” Reynolds said. “We had a growing economy. Our cash reserves are full. Our fiscal health was strong. Iowans were doing well. The unemployment rate was low. And to have this pandemic hit this state and our country and to have it impact Iowans and businesses and families in the manner that it has is heart-wrenching. You can’t look at it from one isolated perspective. You have to look at the health and the wellbeing and the mental wellbeing and the livelihood of Iowans.”
Tyson braces for months of coronavirus disruption
Wall Street Journal: Tyson Food Inc. warned that the coronavirus pandemic will disrupt business for months to come, reducing its meat production and cutting into supplies for grocery stores and restaurants. The top U.S. meat supplier by sales has been struggling to fulfill certain orders after Covid-19 closed some plants, executives said. Meanwhile, it is rerouting millions of pounds of meat each week, as demand shifts abruptly toward grocery stores and away from restaurants. Tyson’s efforts to keep plants operating, including chartering planes to deliver protective masks and setting up mobile health clinics, are adding costs.
Today’s extra briefs:
– Llama Zoomies: Invite a llama to liven up your next Zoom with help from an Iowa farm (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
– New York governor outlines reopening plan with construction, manufacturing first (Reuters)
– California is first state to borrow from federal government to make unemployment payments (Wall Street Journal)