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So Thursday’s weather was not especially pleasant, but things should calm down a bit for Friday. The National Weather Service predicts sunny skies in the Cedar Rapids area to kick off your holiday weekend, with a high of 51 degrees and wind speeds of about 10 mph.
Police are looking for a 26-year-old man they believe shot two people Thursday morning at Associated Materials in southwest Cedar Rapids. Police say Jamal Devonte Edwards entered the business at about 5 a.m., shot two people, and then fled on foot. The two men were recovering Thursday from non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators say Edwards works at the business, which specializes in making vinyl windows, and the incident is being classified as an act of workplace violence. Police say Edwards is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.
New unemployment numbers were released nationally from the Department of Labor and they continue to be grim. 6.6 million more workers filed for unemployment nationally in the last week as businesses continued to close their doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With those numbers added on to previous losses, that makes for more than 16 million people who have lost their jobs since three weeks ago when the pandemic response began in earnest.
Although the number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in Iowa hit a one-day high of 125 Thursday, state health officials said Thursday they are beginning to see an overall flattening of the curve. The “curve” refers to the projected number of people who will contract COVID-19 over time.
With the deaths of two more Linn County residents, 29 Iowans now have died from COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds said in her daily news briefing. The number of positive cases has climbed to 1,270 since the pandemic was first noted March 8 in Iowa. Despite the numbers, Sarah Reisetter, deputy director of the Health Department, said mitigation efforts the governor has ordered appear to be paying off.
“I can tell you that when we look at our epidemiological curve, it is starting to flatten, which is where we want to be,” Reisetter said. She added that with progress being made, now is not the time to ease up on restrictions placed on businesses and public gatherings.
As to reopening the state, Reynolds did not provide a time table.
She said she will notify education administrators next week whether she intends to extend her school closure order beyond April 30.
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