State of Iowa responding to COVID-19

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The state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is quickly evolving, with decisions being made and changes implemented by the hour.

The most important updates for Iowans will come from the Iowa Department of Public Health, which is taking necessary actions to address the coronavirus outbreak.

For the response from other state departments and state agencies, find their contact information, websites and social media at directory.iowa.gov/social.

A public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19 is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.

The Legislature voted to shut down for 30 days to limit the spread of COVID-19. This measure is prudent, given the how busy the State Capitol building is during session.

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.

The ripple effects of the COVID-19 outbreak are having an immediate impact on the state’s blood supply.

All healthy individuals are encouraged to donate blood. Book an appointment to ensure that appropriate donor flow and social distancing standards can be maintained.

As Iowans take precautionary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is also important to be mindful of related cybersecurity scams.

Cybercriminals are quick to take advantage of disasters and emergency situations by luring you into sharing sensitive information.

With many Iowans social distancing, now may be a good time for registered voters to request an absentee ballot to be sent to them by mail for the June 2 primary election. Visit the Iowa Secretary of State’s website to start the process: sos.iowa.gov.

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