Jason Clayworth
May 20, 2022 - COVID

Nearly 3,000 of Iowa's COVID deaths were preventable, analysis finds

Data: Brown School of Public Health; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios

Vaccines could have prevented nearly 3,000 COVID-related deaths in Iowa between January 2021 and last month, according to a new analysis by Brown University's School of Public Health.

The big picture: The analysis suggests that roughly half of the more than 641,000 deaths nationwide since 2021 could have been prevented, Axios' Tina Reed reports.

Jason Clayworth
May 18, 2022 - COVID

Des Moines may mask back up, mayor says

An illustration of a mask.
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Des Moines may reinstate a mask policy if cases continue to escalate, Mayor Frank Cownie warned during a council work session Tuesday.

Driving the news: Iowa averaged around 505 new COVID cases per day in the last week, according to The New York Times tracker. That's more than double the average two weeks ago.

Linh Ta
May 13, 2022 - COVID

Report: U.S. meatpackers pushed plants to stay open despite ample supply

Tyson sign
A Tyson Foods Inc. facility in Lexington, Nebraska, on April 24, 2020. Photo: Dan Brouillette/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Leaders of several large U.S. meatpacking companies pushed the narrative that meat was in short supply in the country back in April 2020, despite sitting on ample supply, according to a U.S. House committee report released Thursday.

Why it matters: That was one of the narratives used by industry leaders to pass an executive order that protected meatpackers from shutdowns and stricter oversight by local health departments, despite mass COVID-19 infections within factories.

World Food Prize recipients warn G7 of growing hunger crisis

A photo of a World Food Prize recipient.
World Food Prize Laureate Lawrence Haddad spoke at the Iowa State Capitol in 2018. He is one of 25 prize recipients who signed a letter sent Thursday to world leaders warning of mass famine. Photo: Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Des Moines Register via Imagn

More than two dozen World Food Prize recipients are calling for more action on three problems they say threaten to reverse progress in the fight against world hunger: COVID-19, climate change and conflict.

Why it matters: 45 million people are living on the edge of famine, according to the World Food Programme.

Jason Clayworth
Apr 13, 2022 - COVID

Polk County ends COVID-19 isolation housing for homeless

Illustration of a family isolated under glass.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Isolation housing for homeless people with COVID-19 will end this week, Eric Kool, director of Polk County Community, Family and Youth Services, announced in a letter to providers Friday.

  • Few people used the service in recent weeks, Kool said.
Jason Clayworth
Apr 12, 2022 - COVID

New clinic opens in Des Moines to treat long COVID

An illustration of COVID-19
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

MercyOne Iowa Heart Center has opened a Des Moines clinic to treat the long-term effects of COVID-19 as concerns grow that a wave of early onset chronic illnesses looms for those who've contracted the virus.

Why it matters: Scientists don't yet fully understand COVID's impact on quality of life for the hundreds of millions of people who've been infected around the world.

Linh Ta
Apr 5, 2022 - COVID

Masks are off, but Iowa schools continue to deal with lawsuits

Kimberly Reicks holds up a sign of her daughter
Kimberly Reicks speaks against a mask mandate during a meeting at Ankeny Centennial High School on Sept. 21, 2021. Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register via Imagn Content Services

Iowa school districts no longer require masks, but they're still facing leftover legal battles from their COVID mitigation strategies back in 2020.

Driving the news: New court filings from a parent's lawsuit against the Ankeny school district show the unprecedented legal challenges schools faced as they navigated their response to the pandemic.

Jason Clayworth
Apr 1, 2022 - COVID

Polk County closes its COVID-19 testing drive-thru site

Data: Polk County Emergency Management; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Polk County's COVID testing drive-thru permanently closed Thursday due to low community transmission rates and the availability of at-home tests.

State of play: The River Place site launched in January when the Omicron surge was in full force.

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