Latest COVID Related News & Updates

Working Remotely: Maintaining Health & Wellbeing

As most of us are now working remotely due to COVID-19, a whole new set of challenges are being presented to employees. Isolated from co-workers and sometimes family, having daily routines uprooted, and a lack of physical exercise all adds to the already present...

Face Masks in the Workplace

Since the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, the demand for N95 masks and other essential personal protective equipment (PPE) have skyrocketed, leaving a shortage worldwide. In Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds has enacted a PPE shortage order,...

Making the Most of SBA Funding

PPP loans have the possibility to be a business-saving resource for your company, and many businesses have already started to become approved for these loans. Every business is unique, and the terms and conditions of the PPP loan may not work for all. Many options are...

Healthcare Workers and Mental Health During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have been on the frontlines, sacrificing their energy--and safety-- to help those affected by the virus. Although healthcare workers are trained in disaster response, the toll on mental health is significant. Because we...

Mental Health is Workforce Health

Burnout occurs when the demands placed on someone exceed the resources they have available to them, taking tolls on their mental health and energy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the combination of increased anxiety coupled with the increased expectations of their...

Webinar – Business Resources: Public Health & TestIowa

Local public health experts discuss considerations for best practices, and regulatory mandates as businesses begin to put together their plans for the future, safely re-opening. Updates on the TestIowa program are also shared.  View webinar here.   Panelists: Sam...

Webinar – State of the Community: Economy

Local and state economic development leaders discuss the current state of our economy and their thoughts on what recovery might entail. View webinar here. Panelists include: David Barker Member of the Iowa Board of Regents, Partner in Barker Companies, and former...

Public Health Proclamation

Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation permits health care providers to begin the process of resuming some elective surgeries and procedures through a phased approach, permits farmers markets...

Webinar – Preparing to Thrive in a Post-Pandemic Business Climate

COVID-19 has created serious disruption to normal business operations, and those companies who proactively anticipate the future market conditions and adjust their models accordingly will be at an advantage. Julie Zielinski with the EDC discusses how to identify these...

Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Bill for Small Businesses, Hospitals

On Friday, April 24th, President Trump signed a nearly $500 billion COVID-19 economic assistance package, which is the fourth and likely the last installment of Coronavirus aid packages. Since the $349 billion allocated for Small Business Administration’s loans was...

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