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EXIRA — With the recent receipt of additional personal protective equipment over the last week, Audubon County Memorial Hospital (ACMH will re-open the Exira Exira Medical Clinic on a limited basis.

Atlantic — Cass County Health System is implementing some additional measures to mitigate any possible spread of COVID-19 within their facilities. Effective April 1, all patients and visitors will now be given a cloth face mask to wear while they are in the building. “Cloth masks are effecti…

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SOUTHWEST IOWA — Iowans will see more cash in their pocket thanks to the federal stimulus package that includes cash payments for individuals and families and expands unemployment benefits.

The federal government’s just-passed $2 trillion stimulus package includes:

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DES MOINES — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds extended the order Tuesday evening allowing bars and restaurants to offer carryout, drive-through and off sale until April 7. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 52 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 549 positive cases. According to IDPH, 2 additional deaths were reported; one elderly adult (81+) in Polk County, and one elderly adult (81+) in Washington Co…

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EXIRA - With the recent receipt of additional personal protective equipment over the last week, Audubon County Memorial Hospital (ACMH will re-open the Exira Exira Medical Clinic on a limited basis.

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Education today released a host of optional resources for families and educators to use as they support student learning during school closures due to COVID-19. The resources are available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website and include interacti…

Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones extended an earlier emergency proclamation closing city offices, prohibiting the use of playground equipment and banning door-to-door sales.

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DES MOINES — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds once again reiterated the importance of social distancing in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Iowa.

National Updates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa abortion providers and the state reached an agreement Wednesday whereby a recent order by Gov. Kim Reynolds to temporarily halt elective medical procedures as part…

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3,000 sailors aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier where the coronavirus has spread will be taken off the ship by Friday, Navy officials said Wednesday as they struggle to q…

NEW YORK (AP) — The work is exhausting and dangerous, the situation bleak. But an army of health care workers heeded New York’s call for help reinforcing hospitals overwhelmed by the coronavir…

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans give high marks to state and local governments for their handling of the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic that has swiftly remade everyday life. But less than half …

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Holland America Line said four guests have died while on its Zaandam cruise ship as it heads towards a port in Florida. Over a dozen other ships are still at sea.

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicken with salmonella can make you sick. So can romaine lettuce with E. coli and buffets with lurking norovirus. So why aren’t health officials warning people about eating fo…

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has the biggest megaphone, but it's governors and local officials who will decide what type of restrictions to impose on their citizens to try to slow …

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as he warns of a grim few weeks ahead with tens of thousands of Americans likely killed by the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump is resisting issuing a national st…

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has directed all cruise ships to prepare to treat any sick passengers and crew on board while being sequestered “indefinitely" offshore during…

NEW YORK (AP) — Deaths from the coronavirus topped 1,000 in New York City as officials warned that the worst of the virus' toll is yet to come.

Distressing images of morgue trucks in New York City, taking away the rising number of dead from the coronavirus, have underscored the latest grim projections for the entire country.

The spread of the novel coronavirus, and its associated COVID-19 disease, is made worse because it is highly contagious. Since vehicle interiors are essentially small contained spaces, it is i…

An amateur soccer team in Sweden was subjected to vicious online abuse, including death threats, after one of its practice games received unusually large exposure on betting sites amid the cor…

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LONDON (AP) — The Rev. April Keech knocked on the door of an apartment in east London, took three giant steps back and made way for other volunteers to lay a bag of groceries on the threshold.

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can…

MOSCOW (AP) — Two weeks ago, an opposition-leaning radio station in Russia interviewed political analyst Valery Solovei, who alleged the government was lying when it said no one had died in th…

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NEW YORK (AP) — As the number of coronavirus deaths continues to surge in the U.S., officials are warning the disease could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, even if people continue …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California nursing home has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with more than 50 residents infected — a troubling development amid cautious optimism that cases in …

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Census Day — the date used to reference where a person lives for the once-a-decade count — arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coro…

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from …