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Iowa ending COVID-19 Test Iowa program

Test Iowa, the COVID-19 testing program the state has used since April 2020, will end operations on July 16, 2021, though some sites will close as soon as next week. The initial $26 million, no-bid contract with a Utah company came about upon actor Ashton Kutcher’s recommendation to Gov. Kim Reynolds. Related: Test Iowa results […]

New businesses help energize New Bohemia...

By Cindy Hadish/for the Corridor Business Journal New businesses are bringing new energy to the Cedar Rapids Main Street District, as many owners seek to leave 2020 in the rear-view mirror. “This past year has been hard,” said Carol Elliott, owner of Aroma Artisan Pizza, which offers wood-fired pizza at the NewBo City Market, as […]

COVID-19 variant first detected in India...

Public health officials announced Tuesday, May 4, 2021, that a new COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in Iowa. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, two cases of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617, were confirmed in adults in Jefferson County, in southeastern Iowa. The variant is referred to as the “India variant” because it […]