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Iowa Coronavirus Website Gets Three Weekly Updates Starting Friday

State officials say they’ll start updating Iowa’s coronavirus data website three times a week, instead of once a week.

The Iowa Department of Public Health changed from daily to weekly reporting in early July, and officials say the move followed other states in the region and the CDC’s data reporting at the time. 

Director Kelly Garcia says the situation has “evolved,” and she’s hearing that Iowans want to know more. 

“We know that as the virus evolves, as we see states struggling with high case counts in the South, and as we hit another milestone in our response, it’s time to make another shift. We owe it to you to share and ensure that you have access to clear information. And I want you to hear it from me: that every day, all along, internally, we are looking at critical data points.”  

Iowa’s coronavirus website will also start to show the percentage of people hospitalized with COVID-19 who aren’t vaccinated—which is currently 79-percent. The data changes are expected to go into effect tomorrow at coronavirus-dot-iowa-dot-gov. Governor Kim Reynolds isn’t putting any new measures in place to try to slow the increase in hospitalizations. She’s encouraging Iowans to get vaccinated. 

One of the Iowans arrested for alleged involvement in the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol is going back to jail after violating the terms of his release.

Doug Jensen of Des Moines was released to home confinement in July. A judge ordered him to not go online or use any internet-connected devices. A few weeks later Jensen was found in his garage using a smart phone. 

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