COVID-19 in Iowa

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Iowa needs more donors! All healthy individuals are encouraged to donate blood. Find a donation location:

Prepare to vote absentee

For the June 2 primary, the Iowa Secretary of State has sent absentee ballot requests to all active registered voter in Iowa. The forms will be postage paid for return mailing to County Auditors. Complete the absentee ballot request form and return the original, signed form to your county auditor. You will then receive you postage-paid absentee ballot in the mail.

Federal response

On March 24, Iowa received approval for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for COVID-19, removing a cap on available federal funds and making our state eligible for the Community Disaster Loan program

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Latest information

  • Up-To-Date Information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 website – www.coronavirus.gov.
  • Disaster Response and Recovery Primer: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Response and Recovery Through Federal-State-Local-Tribal Partnership. FEMA’s public assistance guidance for COVID-19 response efforts can be found here.
  • Coronavirus Fact vs. Myth: FEMA set up a website to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Social Media Resources:
  • Fraud & Scam Protection:
    • DOJ’s Coronavirus Fraud Prevention website
    • Federal Trade Commission website with info on avoiding coronavirus-related scams.
  • Administration Actions and Federal Agency Resources:
    • Catalog of all U.S. government activities related to coronavirus: usa.gov/coronavirus
    • Each Federal Agency has also established a dedicated coronavirus website: Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Education (DoED), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of the Treasury (USDT), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

CARES Act

The CARES Act, passed by Congress and signed into law March 27, builds on the two former pieces of federal legislation by providing more support to individuals and businesses. Tax Foundation synopsis of the $3.2 billion relief plan: taxfoundation.org/federal-coronavirus-relief-bill-cares-act/

Federal impact on states

The National Conference of State Legislature’s is tracking the impact federal agency announcements related to COVID-19 that may impact states.

State response

Legislature’s action

The Legislature voted to suspend session March 16 to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Before adjourning, we passed SF 2408, authorizing expanded emergency powers for the Governor to address the situation as it unfolds. Additional state resources, supplies, equipment and materials have been authorized to cope with the fallout from this public health disaster. Read a summary of what is included in this legislation at wp.me/p8aBRy-7qk.

Disaster declarations

The Governor has issued several declarations of state Public Health Disaster Emergency: March 17, March 22, March 26, March 31, April 2, April 6, April 10, April 16, April 24, April 27, May 6, May 13. These include updates on public restrictions, orders for state agencies, flexibility for health care and transportation, and more.

Key state agency updates

Links to state departments and state agencies, their websites and social media can be found at directory.iowa.gov/social.