57 deaths reported in past week, more than double last week’s total
By Jared Strong, - Iowa Capital Dispatch
News Sep. 19, 2022 6:00 am6d ago
Iowa does not include subsequent COVID-19 infections of the same person in the number of newly confirmed cases it reports to federal health officials or in the weekly case updates on its website, even though other states do.
Earlier this year, in December and January, five children died by suicide in Polk County. State officials are seeking federal assistance in studying the pattern, but local mental health advocates say the pandemic’s impact on children across Iowans means providers have a lot of ground to cover in order to meet youth health needs.
Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch
Health Care and Medicine Aug. 29, 2022 6:00 am29d ago
Iowa organizations encouraging alternatives to abortion may see increased demand if abortion laws change. But $500,000 the Legislature allocated to expand these services is not yet available.
After two years of mild flu seasons, experts are warning that this year’s season may start earlier and be worse. Some countries in the southern hemisphere are seeing a return to pre-pandemic flu case numbers as COVID-19 mitigation practices are relaxed.