What is the actual status of the virus in Iowa?
For the latest information on the status of COVID-19 in Adair, Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek and Warren Counties, and throughout the State visit coronavirus.iowa.gov.
What is contact tracing?
When an individual catches COVID-19 or is suspected to have it, contact tracing is performed to identify everyone who has recently been in physical contact with the affected individual. Contact tracing is performed by public health officials, and you will be contacted by them if any action is necessary.
For more information about statewide COVID-19 testing, visit Test Iowa.
How long can the virus live on surfaces like mail, boxes, counters and coffee machines?
Plastic: 3-7 days; Stainless Steel: 3-7 days; Copper: Up to 4 hours; Glass: Up to 4 days; Paper: Up to 4 days; Cardboard: Up to 24 hours; Wood: Up to 2 days
Keep in mind: Although COVID-19 can be detected on these surfaces for a particular length of time, the viability of the virus, due to environmental and other conditions, is not known.
What are some options for childcare when parents need to return to work?
The Iowa Department of Human Services launched an interactive map showing the locations of child care providers around the state and which ones have openings for children. The map is updated daily.