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More Iowans Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase

There has been another jump in confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Iowa, as well as another death today, as the state continues to see a rise in hospitalizations. 

The state health department's virus tracking this afternoon shows 280 new cases and one death. Total deaths since the beginning of the outbreak stood at 794 today and total number of cases reached 38,917. 

This morning, 221 people were hospitalized for the virus — a number that has been slowly increasing over the last few weeks. The increasing number of cases prompted hospitals in the Des Moines area to stop allowing most visitors.

Siouxland District Health says today that there are 9 new COVID-19 cases in Woodbury County and no additional virus-related deaths, keeping the county's death toll at 46. There have been 3,472  positive COVID-19 cases in the county.

Iowa producers who euthanized hens as a result of plummeting demand for eggs caused by coronavirus shutdowns will be eligible for government payments to cover disposal costs, a state agency announced Monday.

The Iowa Disposal Assistance Program has been paying pork producers $40 for each market-ready hog they euthanized as a result of supply chain disruptions.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Monday that the program would be extended for another round of funding

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