COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide increased slightly this week, but the virus has slowed enough in the past month for area hospitals to reach a milestone in the pandemic. In some cases, that watershed only lasted for a day.
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Gazette Des Moines Bureau
State Government Mar. 16, 2022 6:51 pm262d ago
Sen. Jason Schultz, a Republican from Schleswig, falsely claimed during a Senate committee meeting Wednesday that the COVID-19 vaccines are not effective or safe.
This week marks the second year since the novel coronavirus first arrived in Iowa, bringing with it a deadly disease that went on to kill thousands and infect tens of thousands more. But in recent weeks, things have changed. Some have begun to relax, wondering if COVID-19 finally is reaching endemic stage. However, for some vulnerable groups, the risk they still face has not changed.
The Iowa House went two different directions Monday as it extended more local control to cities to deal with public nuisances, but took away local control from public and private schools, day care centers and colleges by prohibiting them from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations.
Federal health officials approved the Pfizer-BioNTech two-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11 in early November. But three months later, national data shows the vaccination rate among this age group is still low.
The latest coronavirus surge continues to wind down in Iowa as new cases drop. With the transition to a new reporting system, Iowa is no longer releasing the number of hospitalizations and of long-term care facilities with outbreaks.