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Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for April 30: Dates/times for blood drive at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Cars line up for a drive-through food distribution at First Assembly of God in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Cars line up for a drive-through food distribution at First Assembly of God in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. First Assembly partnered with Convoy of Hope to distribute 35,000 pounds of food on Wednesday. The church plans to continue worshipping remotely on Sunday, despite Gov. Kim Reynold's proclamation that in-person religious gatherings can resume. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

 

Dates/times for blood drive at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

From University of Iowa:

The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics’ DeGowin Blood Center is still actively taking donations for its patients and those in UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

It will have a single location at Carver-Hawkeye Arena offering multiple blood drives a week.

Dates that DeGowin Blood Center will collect blood at Carver-Hawkeye Arena:

Tuesday, May 5, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, May 7, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, May 14, noon to 6 p.m.

Friday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, May 18, 1 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19, 1 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, May 29, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments are required and can be made on the center’s website or by calling 319-356-2058. Enter through the arena’s north gate. Park in Lot 46; parking is free in non-metered spots.

The DeGowin Blood Center’s central location at 200 Hawkins Drive will continue to accept donations during its regular hours, with appointments required. They can be made on the center’s website or by calling 319-356-2058.

Disconnects for Linn County REC nonpayment suspended through May

To ease the financial burden on those who are experiencing decreased or lost income, Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative has suspended disconnections for nonpayment through May.

The suspension is not a bill waiver or bill forgiveness. If you’re unable to pay your bill on time and in full, the REC encourages you to contact it at billing@linncountyrec.com to make payment arrangements.

Orchestra Iowa performances canceled through June 20

Orchestra Iowa has canceled its performances through June 30. These cancellations also will apply to all previously postponed performances.

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In the coming days, all ticket holders will receive communication from Orchestra Iowa’s ticket office outlining the options available for their purchased tickets.

The canceled events:

Concerts:

Covalent Bloom, Opus Concert Café, March 27-29

Mozart’s Requiem, Paramount Theatre, April 4

First Friday Jazz: Mike Conrad Trio, Opus Concert Café, May 1

Now Hear This, Opus Concert Café, May 5

Music of Queen, Paramount Theatre, May 16

Rach 3, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts & Paramount Theatre, May 29-30

First Friday Jazz, Opus Concert Café, June 5

Now Hear This, Opus Concert Café, June 9

Kids’ Activities:

Pied Piper Brass Concerts, May 7-9

Orchestra Iowa School Recital, May 9

Walmart associates in Iowa get $1.6 million in bonuses

Walmart associates in Iowa received bonuses in their paychecks Thursday totaling $1.6 million. Walmart gave associates $180 million in bonuses nationwide.

 

Iowa advocacy organizations call for moratoriums against evictions, utility shut-offs

A number of Iowa civil rights and domestic violence and sexual assault survivor organizations are urging Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Utilities Board to extend statewide moratoriums against evictions and utility shut-offs and to commit to preventing mass evictions after the moratoriums end.

Gov. Reynolds has proclaimed a moratorium on such evictions and shut-offs, but that moratorium is set to expire May 27.

“We are deeply appreciative of the Governor’s and Iowa Utilities Board’s actions to protect Iowans from evictions and utility shut-offs through May 27. So many Iowans are struggling right now. Unfortunately, we know that the public health and economic crisis is not going to be resolved by May 27,” said ACLU of Iowa Legal Director Rita Bettis Austen.

The ACLU and 22 other groups are sending a letter Thursday detailing specific actions the state must take to prevent mass evictions of Iowans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to see the letter.

Two mobile food pantries scheduled in Cedar Rapids

The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) is organizing two large mobile food pantries in Cedar Rapids in May.

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The first will be May 6 at 2 p.m., at the Lindale Mall south parking. The second will be May 15 at 1 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Because of this, HACAP needs more volunteers to load cars and direct traffic at those two sites. Click here for the link to sign up to help.

For a map of HACAP Food Reservoir pantries in Eastern Iowa, click here.

 

Linn County Public Health hosts virtual town hall Friday

Linn County Public Health will host another COVID-19 virtual town hall, Friday at 1 p.m.

The virtual town hall will be held via GoToMeeting and focus on information regarding personal finance, employment, and legal needs. Kelzye Bedwell from Horizon’s Financial Health and Wellness Program, Mike Witt from Iowa Workforce Development, Lisa Gavin from Iowa Legal Aid, and Jane Drapeaux from HACAP will provide information and answer questions during the virtual town hall.

Community members are encouraged to submit their questions related to the topics of personal finance, employment, and legal needs via email to LCPH.meetings@linncounty.org with subject line “Friday Virtual Town Hall” by 5 p.m., today. Questions may also be asked during the town hall by using the chat function in the GoToMeeting.

Join the meeting by going to this GoToMeeting link and following the prompts.

Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival streams tonight through Saturday

The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, an annual event run by University of Iowa students, streams tonight through Saturday

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It streams for free, starting tonight at 6 p.m. The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival is streaming for free tonight at 6 6 p.m., and PM thru May 2. Program details are listed on its website.

Cedar Rapids continues to seek cloth masks

Cedar Rapids is calling on community volunteers to help create and donate cloth masks, which will be distributed to local service agencies and community members in need.

Donations will be accepted through May 15 at these droop-box locations:

Residents who wish to donate masks can drop them off at a variety of safe drop-box locations.

l City Services Center front lobby (500 15th Ave SW)

l City Hall (corner of First Avenue SE and First Street SE)

l Water Administration Building (1111 Shaver Road NE)

 

Johnson County extends business closures through May 18

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors voted Thursday to extend the closure of Johnson County governmental buildings to the public, excluding the Johnson County Courthouse, through 7:30 a.m. on May 18.

County buildings have been closed to the public since March 17.

Johnson County continues to provide county services. Many services are available online, by phone, or through mail or email. Contact information for all County departments and offices are available on the Johnson County website.

Marion city facilities stay closed through May 15

In accordance with Monday’s updated guidance from the State of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Public Health, city facilities in Marion will remain closed to the public through May 15. Most offices are expected to reopen on Monday, May 18, however this date may be adjusted as needed.

Emergency services continue to be provided. Despite the closure of facilities, City staff continue to work on-site and remotely to serve the community. Residents and businesses may conduct city business online, by phone or via email. Find contact information and an overview of service implications by department by clicking here.

The Public Services Department continues to allow Marion residents to place an additional bag or container of garbage at the curb without an extra bag tag. This service has been extended through May 15.

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Iowa City Business Resources webinar Friday

An Iowa City Area Development “We’re in this Together” Business Resources webinar will stream Friday at 1 p.m.

It regards public health considerations for the best practices and regulatory mandates as businesses begin to put together their plans for the future, safely reopening, and the TestIowa program.

Panelists will be Johnson County Public Health community health manager and Dave Wilson, the director of Johnson County Emergency Management.

To register, click here.

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