Linn County health official says Test Iowa, lack of data leave county at disadvantage
Des Moines Register: A top health emergency response official in eastern Iowa told Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration this week that local officials struggled to get basic data from the Test Iowa coronavirus testing site in Cedar Rapids, which made it difficult to make smart public health decisions. In an email sent to key Reynolds deputies, Tricia Kitzmann, the incident commander for Linn County Public Health’s COVID-19 response, included the subject line: “Test Iowa Concerns.” It presented a dire portrait of communication between the governor’s office and officials representing one of Iowa’s largest counties.

U.S. could have saved 36,000 lives if social distancing started 1 week earlier, study says
Iowa Public Radio: The U.S. could have prevented roughly 36,000 deaths from COVID-19 if broad social distancing measures had been put in place just one week earlier in March, according to an analysis from Columbia University. Underlining the importance of aggressively responding to the coronavirus, the study found the U.S. could have avoided at least 700,000 infections if actions that began on March 15 had actually started on March 8.

After coronavirus, office workers might face unexpected health threats
New York Times: When you finally return to work after the lockdown, coronavirus might not be the only illness you need to worry about contracting at the office. Office buildings have been closed off and shut down, and health risks might be accumulating in unseen ways. Researchers and public health authorities have issued warnings about the plumbing in these buildings, where water may have gone stagnant in the pipes or even in individual taps and toilets. As lockdowns are lifted, bacteria that build up internally may cause health problems for returning workers if the problem is not properly addressed by facilities managers. Employees and guests at hotels, gyms and other kinds of buildings may also be at risk. The biggest worry is Legionella pneumophila. The bacteria can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a respiratory condition. It leads to death in about 1 in 10 cases.