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Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for April 4: 87 additional positive cases statewide reported, bringing total to 786

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds holds a news conference on COVID-19 at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, IA, on
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds holds a news conference on COVID-19 at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, IA, on Friday, April 3, 2020.

Legal aid, bar associations hotline to help with legal issues

A hotline has been set up by Iowa Legal Aid and two bar associations to help people with COVID-19 related legal issues.

Iowa Legal Aid, the Iowa State Bar Association and Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project are working together on the legal hotline.

The COVID-19 Legal Advice Hotline — 1-800-332-0419 — is now live.

This hotline is a free service available to Iowans who are experiencing legal issues due to the public health crisis. Iowa Legal Aid is hosting the hotline and working closely with The Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, to get all Iowans access to the key legal information and advice they need during this crisis.

“This Legal Advice Hotline will assist Iowa’s most vulnerable at a time of deepening crisis” Nick Smithberg, executive director of Iowa Legal Aid, said. “We stand ready to help Iowans with a host of legal challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including problems related to housing, employment, and domestic violence.”

Iowans experiencing any type of legal problem related to the pandemic such as, eviction, being denied unemployment benefits, experiencing employment issues, or being a victim of identity theft can call the hotline between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Callers can leave a message and Iowa Legal Aid staff will call them back. Those who meet Iowa Legal Aid’s guidelines will be connected with an Iowa Legal Aid attorney; those who are outside the guidelines will be connected with volunteer attorneys through the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Project.

The latest COVID-19 numbers in Iowa

An older Linn County resident along with two other Iowans have died from COVID-19, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported Saturday.

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In addition, 20 more cases tested positive for the coronavirus in Linn County, the department said Saturday, along with 67 others across the state, which brings the total to 786 for Iowa.

The Linn County resident was between the ages of 61 and 80. The Henry County resident was between the ages of 41 and 60 and the individual in Polk County was between the ages of 61 and 80.

Linn County continues to lead all 99 Iowa counties on Saturday with 139 positive cases, followed by Polk County with 109, Johnson County with 96 and Washington County with 47. A total of 69 of Iowa’s 99 counties currently have at least one positive COVID-19 case, according to state data.

A total of 416 women and 370 men have tested positive, with the 41-60 age range the highest with 287 cases, followed by Iowans in the 61 to 80 range with 227 cases, younger Iowans in the 18-40 range with 214 positive results, another 50 over the age of 80 and eight below the age of 18, according to IDPH figures.

There have been 9,454 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 87 individuals include:

• Black Hawk County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)

• Bremer County, 1 adult (18-40 years)

• Clinton County, 1 adult (18-40 years)

• Dubuque County, 2 middle age adults (41-60 years)

• Grundy County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)

• Howard County, 1 adult (18-40 years)

• Iowa County, 1 adult (18-40 years)

• Jefferson County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)

• Johnson County, 7 adults (18-40 years), 5 middle age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)

• Keokuk County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)

• Lee County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)

• Linn County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 9 middle age adults (41-60 years), 6 older adults (61-80 years), 2 elderly adults (81+)

• Lyon County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)

• Mills County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)

• Muscatine County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 3 middle age adults (41-60 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)

•Plymouth County, 2 adults (18-40 years)

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•Polk County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 4 middle age adults (41-60 years), 4 older adults (61-80 years)

•Pottawattamie County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)

•Scott County, 3 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle age adults (41-60 years), 2 elderly adults (81+)

•Sioux County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (41-60 years)

•Tama County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 4 elderly adults (81+)

•Van Buren County, 1 older adult (41-60 years)

•Warren County, 1 elderly adult (81+)

•Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)

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