For 11 days in a row, COVID-19 cases have increased faster in the 77 counties where Gov. Reynolds loosened restrictions than in the rest of Iowa.
More than 100 years ago, Upton Sinclair chronicled the misery and abuse of American workers in the meatpacking industry, describing them as “centers of contagion, poisoning the lives of all of us.” Today, we are witnessing a new chapter in the life and deaths of meatpacking workers and other essential workers through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The failure by bad actors in the meatpacking industry has imposed heavy costs on Iowans. Independent, ongoing health and safety reforms are essential to recovering from this economic and health care disaster.
Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have submitted recommendations for how to safely re-open the Capitol when the Legislature resumes the 2020 session.
After prematurely re-opening 77 counties, the Governor says Iowans who don’t go into work — out of fear for themselves or a vulnerable person in their family contracting COVID19 — will lose their unemployment benefits.
Iowa is experiencing staggering daily infections, record-high deaths, and it has yet to hit its peak. This is not the time to try to make people happy by randomly reopening segments of the economy like crowded farmers markets.
With the dramatic increase in positive cases at the prison (IMCC) at Coralville, it is obvious that the State of Iowa has not done enough to protect Iowa’s public servants who are working the front lines during this public health disaster.
As the COVID-19 public health emergency worsens, three Iowa State Senators are calling for immediate action in response to multiple outbreaks at meatpacking facilities across the state.
Iowans want to be part of the solution. That requires more Iowans knowing what is going on. We deserve straightforward leadership that includes timely, accurate data, and clear directions.