Gov. Kim Reynolds this week announced that an additional $28 million was being allocated to Iowa’s hospitals and county health departments to manage increased needs due to the continued rise in coronavirus cases. The funding comes from the $1.25 billion the state received in federal CARES Act funds. Of the funds, $25 million will go to hospitals to address staffing needs, and be allocated based on the average hospital census over the months of September and October. An additional $3 million will go to county health departments. “These added funds will provide much-needed relief to hospitals to support their staffing needs in this critical time. They will also support Iowa’s county health departments, which are facing continued and ongoing increases in workload,” Reynolds said in a news release. Today the state announced 2,818 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 26 additional deaths, bringing the totals to 136,047 positive cases and 1,781 deaths. In the release, Reynolds noted the “consistent uptick in new cases of COVID-19” across the northern United States and said Iowans should do everything possible to slow the virus’ spread. “Whether that means wearing a mask in public, social distancing or simply staying home.”