Weather Alert

Iowa Department of Public Health Issues Advisory to Schools, Child Care Facilities

The latest update this weekend shows public health officials have confirmed six-thousand Iowans have died of Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

Forty percent of the Iowans who’ve died of Covid were nursing home residents. And about 55 percent of the Covid-19 deaths in Iowa occured in November, December and January. Data is still be collected, but it appears the number of total deaths in Iowa increased 15 percent last year and Covid will be the third-leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer. Late Friday, state officials urged schools and child care centers to drop mask mandates and let parents and students make their own decisions about face coverings. The move came after the Centers for Disease Control announced fully vaccinated adults do not need to wear masks outdoors or in most indoor settings. The C-D-C recommends schools keep Covid prevention strategies in place for the rest of the school year.

The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that students who have symptoms or who’ve tested positive for Covid stay home, but the agency’s director says school-ordered quarantine policies for others who may have been exposed should end.

Connect With Us Listen To Us On