The Gazette Daily News Podcast, March 31

Jared Clark straightens merchandise on the shelves at Gary's Foods, 715 First Avenue S, in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Friday
Jared Clark straightens merchandise on the shelves at Gary's Foods, 715 First Avenue S, in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Friday, March 27, 2020. The grocery store has special hours for senior citizens, pregnant women and others with difficulties. Workers also disinfect carts and common surfaces at checkout aisles. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

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Tuesday’s weather is going to be pretty boring, and I mean that in the best possible way. According to the National Weather Service, the Cedar Rapids area should have a high of 53 degrees and sunny skies. The wind speed should hover between 5 and 10 mph all day.

In your daily coronavirus update, officials confirmed that an outbreak in Heritage Specialty Care, a long-term care facility in Cedar Rapids, is “directly related” to a jump in the number of COVID-19 cases in Linn County.  Following the state’s initial announcement of  COVID-19 cases, Linn County went from just three cases to 71 total cases in a little more than a week, becoming the county with the highest number of cases in the state. 21 of those 71 cases are tied to Heritage, according to Gov. Kim Reynolds at her Monday press conference.

There have been 424 positive tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus with 6 deaths in the state linked to it so far. Gov. Reynolds said on Monday that she expects both numbers to go up, but that she will decide at the end of the week if she will extend the many state restrictions, currently set to go until April 16, to the end of the month. Over the weekend President Donald Trump announced that the social distancing guidelines from the CDC were being extended to at least the end of April.

Students enrolled in K-12 schools in Iowa could be required to continue their schoolwork remotely if their district receives permission from the state, according to Iowa Department of Education guidance published Friday. Districts will be able to request permission to mandate student participation in continuous learning services starting in April. This could include online, physical pickup and drop-off, telephonic or other delivery methods.

In sports, the NCAA will permit spring sport athletes who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to give spring sport athletes regardless of their year in school a way to get back the season they lost, but did not guarantee financial aid to the current crop of seniors if they return to play next year. They also did not apply this decision to winter athletes, who lost their postseasons but completed the season prior to that.

One of those winter athletes, Iowa’s Spencer Lee, was denied a chance to win his third national national title in a row, but he has an OK consolation prize considering the circumstances. Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine announced Monday that Lee was voted the recipient of the Hodge Trophy, awarded to the nation’s most dominant wrestler. He becomes the third Hawkeye to claim the honor, joining notable wrestlers Mark Ironside and Brent Metcalf in 1998 and 2008 respectively.

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