The Gazette Daily News Podcast, April 7

Today’s going to see a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. It’ll be cloudy, but as the sun comes out, the temperature could get into the 70s. Tonight will see a low of 45.

Iowa has now seen a total of 946 positive coronavirus tests across 75 counties with 25 deaths.

Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered more businesses closed and hinted at stepped-up enforcement Monday as state officials braced for a tough week that’s likely to bring more deaths and more Iowans testing positive for the coronavirus.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is now testing “the most promising drug available to treat COVID-19.” The trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of Remdesivir will involve hospitalized patients who agree to join the trial and are 12 and older and meet other criteria, according to a UI Health Care news release.

UIHC, Iowa’s only academic medical center, already has enrolled patients to participate.

The UI joining a trial like this makes the potentially lifesaving drug available to Iowans facing the most severe effects of the pandemic.

Iowa City Senior Center starts ‘Sewing for Seniors’ campaign to make homemade masks for COVID-19. The CDC and national health officials are now recommending the use of homemade masks when leaving home. In response, the Iowa City Senior Center is launching a “Sewing for Seniors” project to engage Senior Center volunteers who enjoy sewing to make face masks for local older adults.

You can find all this and more at our dedicated coronavirus page, TheGazette.com/coronavirus.

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