5:40 p.m.: DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS STAFF MEMBER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
The Department of Corrections learned Friday that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, accounting for its first case. The staff member is a correctional officer at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center.
The department has enacted measures and procedures for identifying COVID-19 contacts with staff and offenders, quarantining anyone exposed to the virus and limiting impact on staff and inmates.
The officer, between ages 18 and 40, started to experience symptoms between Wednesday and Thursday and consulted their medical provider, who told them to be tested COVID-19. The officer has not worked since Wednesday and is at home recovering.
Currently, no inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.
The department posts regular updates, as well as other information such as the steps the department has been taking to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on our website.
4:15 p.m.: SYNCBAK’S SBTV LAUNCHES CHANNEL DEVOTED TO COVID-19 COVERAGE
Syncbak’s SBTV announced a channel devoted to COVID-19 coverage from local television channels in markets from across the country. The company has also released a channel dedicated to news on COVID-19 survivors and stories from individuals on the front lines of the global pandemic.
SBTV also will air an online fundraising concert for a food bank in Erie, Penn.
1:24 p.m.: PERKINS OFFERS GROCERIES ITEMS, FAMILY MEALS
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery have introduced new options to support communities during the COVID-19 outbreak, including Perkins Market and Family Meals-To-Go. Both locations in Cedar Rapids are participating.
Perkins Market offers a limited amount of grocery items. Customers can order bulk frozen meats, including cases of burgers, bacon, sirloin steaks and turkey breasts. They can also purchase other goods like paper towels, toilet paper, ketchup and fresh vegetables.
Family Meals-To-Go are the restaurant’s cooked-to-order homestyle meals for takeout, pickup and delivery.
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“Both as members of our communities and as business owners, we want to ease the impact of major life adjustments our customers are experiencing in any way we can,” Perkins Chief Marketing Officer Alison Glenn Delaney said in the news release. “By offering needed staples like food and home products directly from our restaurants to customers, we’re doing what we can to support our communities, and the public will have a way to continue to show support for small businesses, as most of our restaurants are independently owned and operated. Our new Family Meals-To-Go will offer families a way to eat safely and easily at home, and get a break from having to cook during this challenging time. We are working to adapt to the changing needs of our customers and Family Meals-To-Go are just the beginning of our efforts to meet our customers where they’re at — at home.”
For more information can be found at the Perkins website.
11:31 a.m.: ELITE CASINO RESORTS TO PAY EMPLOYEES THROUGH APRIL 30
Elite Casino Resorts announced that it will continue to pay and provide benefits to employees throughout the closure until April 30, which includes Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Rhythm City Casino and Resort in Davenport and Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort in Larchwood.
The casinos closed voluntarily March 16 before a mandated closure. Three days after the voluntary closure the Elite Casino Resorts board of directors unanimously voted to approve regular employee profit-sharing checks for the current quarter, according to Friday’s news release.
11:03 a.m.: IOWA CITY TRANSIT USERS ASKED TO WEAR MASKS
City of Iowa City is asking transit riders to wear cloth masks when using bussing services. The request is in accordance to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation for people to wear cloth masks in public when social distancing isn’t possible.
The move is an attempt to keep drivers and riders safe, while limiting the spread of COVID-19. Bus drivers also will wear masks. The City also noted public transit use should be for essential trips only, including work, grocery shopping and health care trips.
11 a.m.: BRAIN INJURY ALLIANCE OF IOWA CANCELS EVENT
The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa announced Friday that it has canceled the Run, Walk & Roll 5K and Support Walk scheduled for April 25 at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area in Iowa City. The organization said in a news release safety of clients and staff is the top priority and it will continue to follow state and federal recommendations on best practices to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
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