K-12 education

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced all schools will be closed through the end of the academic year.

She says it was a hard decision to make but the state hasn’t hit a peak for COVID-19 yet.

Reynolds also says the illness has claimed the lives of four more people for a total of 64 Iowans. 

There are 191 new cases, including four new cases in Woodbury County.

Out of 27 confirmed cases in Woodbury County, 17 have been the criteria to be released from monitoring and isolation.

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The 57 Americans who've been held in quarantine at a Nebraska National Guard camp are preparing to leave Thursday and are in good health, a federal health official said.

They landed at Omaha's Eppley Airfield on Feb. 7, having flown from the Wuhan region of China, the center of the COVID-19 outbreak.

They soon were bused to Camp Ashland southwest of Omaha, where they've been biding their time with daily health checks, staying in hotel-style rooms and having no contact with soldiers in training there. The evacuees include more than a dozen children.

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds delivered her condition of the state address this morning at the Iowa State House. Reynolds unveiled the “Invest in Iowa Act”.  The move would increase the sales tax by one percent and lower others.

“I’m proposing to cut income tax by an additional 10 percent for almost every Iowan, with lower-income Iowans receiving as much as a 25 percent cut.” 

Reynolds also proposes reducing county property taxes.  The state would help pick up the cost of mental health services.