CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for April 15:

ACT will offer additional summer dates, and online test at home

Terminal maintenance worker Mike Skow sprays cleaner on an escalator handrail at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapid
Terminal maintenance worker Mike Skow sprays cleaner on an escalator handrail at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

4:15 p.m.: ACT to offer students additional summer dates, online test at home

IOWA CITY — In response to uncertainty and school cancellations due to COVID-19, ACT announced Wednesday it will offer a flexible schedule for summer test dates and test-at-home options for fall/winter.

“Our mission compels us to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to take the ACT test, particularly now as other admission information, such as grades, courses, and GPAs, may be missing or partial,” said Marten Roorda, ACT CEO. “The insights provided by ACT scores are more important to students and institutions than ever during this critical time, when colleges are forced to make decisions in such a disruptive climate.”

As CDC and local guidelines for safety allow, ACT’s flexible scheduling offered throughout the months of June and July will provide students with reschedule options — without change fees — for June 13-20 and for July 18-25. Students may also make free test date changes from the June to the July national test date.

In addition to three previously planned fall/winter 2020 national test dates in September, October and December, ACT will also offer a remote proctoring option for the ACT test, allowing students to take the test at their home on a computer. ACT will launch the test-at-home option in late fall/early winter 2020 as part of its national testing program.

2:50 p.m.: Proteus collecting face masks for farmworkers

DES MOINES — Proteus, Inc. is collecting face mask donations for farmworkers in Iowa, Nebraska, and Indiana. Community members are asked to make face masks using cloth and drop off or send.

For drops in Iowa, please call ahead to one on the following locations:

* Iowa City — 1548 South Gilbert Street, 800-397-9675

* Des Moines — 1221 Center Street, Suite 16, 800-372-6031

* Fort Dodge — 107 North 7th Street, 800-798-8225

12:26 p.m.: Mount Mercy plans in-person commencement ceremony for September

CEDAR RAPIDS — Due to COVID-19, Mount Mercy University will host a virtual commencement May 17, with an in-person ceremony planned for Homecoming and Alumni Reunion weekend Sept. 25-27.

For more details, visit https://www.mtmercy.edu/academics/academic-support/commencement

Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

Support our coverage

Our most important Coronavirus coverage is free to the public.

If you believe local news is essential, especially during this crisis, please donate. Your contribution will support news resources to cover the impact of the pandemic on our local communities.

All donations are tax-deductible.

Support our coverage

Our most important Coronavirus coverage is free to the public.

If you believe local news is essential, especially during this crisis, please donate. Your contribution will support news resources to cover the impact of the pandemic on our local communities.

All donations are tax-deductible.