CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for May 4: Hy-Vee, Meat District donate $37,000 worth of meat

Iowa Department of Public Health workers pose for a photo as they test people at a COVID-19 testing site in the Crossroa
Iowa Department of Public Health workers pose for a photo as they test people at a COVID-19 testing site in the Crossroads Mall parking lot, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Waterloo, Iowa. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register via AP)

10:57 a.m. City of Cedar Rapids employee tests positive for COVID-19

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City of Cedar Rapids was notified over the weekend that an employee working in the Water Administration Building tested positive for COVID-19, the city said Monday in a news release.

Medical privacy prohibits the release of the employees name or other identifying information.

The employee last worked in the building on Thursday, April 30. Any employees with potential exposure have been contacted and asked to isolate at home while monitoring for symptoms. The employee does not have regular contact with the public while performing work duties.

In the release, the city said it believes exposure is limited based on procedures implemented previously, such as individual vehicle use and modified shifts. The entire lower level of the Water Administration building received enhanced cleaning over the weekend.

Also, the release states that it is important to note the city’s water supply has not been threatened by this new positive case. Cedar Rapids water undergoes several treatment steps which meet regulatory virus removal/inactivation requirements. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is mainly thought to be spread between people who are in close contact with one another.

City departments continue to take appropriate precautions to minimize the risk of exposure for all personnel as we continue to serve the community through this pandemic.

2:39 p.m. Dyersville’s Summer Farm Toy Show canceled for 2020

DYERSVILLE — Dyersville’s Summer Farm Toy Show has been canceled, the organization announced Monday. It was scheduled for June 5-6 at the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyserville.

The National Farm Toy Museum remains closed to the public.

“It is with regret that due to the COVID‐19 pandemic and the remaining need for social distancing, we are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Summer Farm Toy Show (formally June 5 & 6) and all associated events,” the release stated. “The show hosts issue a heartfelt thank you to the community of Dyersville and our many partners who help make this show a success year after year. The health and safety of our vendors, guests and community remain the top priority.”

The tentative date for next year’s event is Jun 26-27. Please visit the event Facebook page on June 6th for our Virtual Summer Farm Toy Show and a small celebration of all things farm toy‐related.

1:08 p.m. Hy-Vee and Meat District donate more than $37,000 worth of meat

WEST DES MOINES — On Monday, Hy-Vee, Inc., in partnership with Meat District, donated more than $37,000 worth of meat and other food items to Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) in Hiawatha.

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The donation to HACAP is part of “Feeding the Frontlines” — a series of donations that Hy-Vee and Meat District are making to help provide meat and other items to food banks throughout Hy-Vee’s eight-state region.

“We are extremely grateful for Meat District’s partnership in helping us care for our communities during this difficult time,” said Tina Potthoff, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president of communications, said in a release. “We are committed to helping our local food banks and hope this donation will provide some relief for them and our communities.”

In addition to various packages of chicken and pork, donations also included rice, pasta, breadcrumbs and seasonings. The donation comes as food banks across Iowa are working hard to keep their shelves stocked due to increased demand from COVID-19.

HACAP services six Iowa counties, including: Linn, Johnson, Jones, Iowa, Benton and Washington.

“We are extremely grateful for our partnership with Hy-Vee in launching our ‘Feeding the Frontlines’ initiative,” said Zack Levenson, COO of Meat District. “We are excited and honored to have the opportunity to give back and ensure families are being fed, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

11:38 a.m. Johnson County open for absentee voting

IOWA CITY — On his Twitter account, Johnson County auditor and commissioner Travis Weipert on Monday said his office will have in-person absentee voting available through June 1, the day before the election, from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30.

“While our building is still closed to the public, we set up a safe, convenient way for voters to pull up and vot in their cars!” Weipert said in this tweet.

9:49 a.m. Iowa City facilities remain closed

IOWA CITY — These facilities have closed: City Hall, the Iowa City Public Library, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, the Landfill and Recycling Center, the Animal Care and Adoption Center, as well as Parks and Recreation’s Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym, Terry Trueblood Lodge and Ned Ashton House.

They have been closed since Sunday, March 15, 2020, and will stay closed until further notice. The City continues to monitor COVID-19’s impact, and will review opening facilities as this develops.

10:39 a.m. Junior Achievement of Easter Iowa goes virtual for Taste of Achievement events

CEDAR RAPIDS — Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa’s (JAEI) annual Taste of Achievement events will be held online due to social distancing concerns, the organization said in a release Monday.

Normally located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Cedar Falls, the three events will take place together online. The online event will be Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the JAEI Facebook for a live stream event. Visit facebook.com/JAEasternIowa to view all content.

Tickets, originally $50, are available for FREE to view the exclusive silent and live auction items. Bidding for all silent auction items will open on May 15th and will close at the end of the live auction event. Tickets are required to bid and can be reserved by visiting secure.qgiv.com/event/JAEITaste2020. For more information please contact Emma Disterhoft, edisterhoft@jaeasterniowa.org.

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All proceeds from the event will help Junior Achievement inspire tomorrow for area students receiving virtual programming. Junior Achievement’s programs help students develop the confidence needed to become a leader, the skills needed to be successful, and the tools needed to be unstoppable. To view our online programming visit juniorachievement.org/web/ja-easterniowa%20%20%20/ja-program-resources.

10:45 a.m. Casey’s partners with Feeding America for donation

HIAWATHA — Casey’s General Stores recently announced a partnership with Feeding America to provide a half million dollars over the coming year for COVID-19 relief within our 16-state footprint.

The following donations have been made specific to your area for the immediate need:

— $5,000 to HACAP Food Reservoir in Hiawatha

— $5,000 to Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines

— $5,000 to River Bend Food Bank in Davenport

— $5,000 to Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo

— $2,500 to Food Bank for the Heartland PDO Food Bank of Siouxland, Inc. in Sioux City

Food insecurity has been greatly exacerbated by the pandemic, putting America’s children at an even greater risk. By donating to Feeding America’s new COVID-19 Response Fund, which allows for every dollar raised to be used to direct food and funds to local food banks that reach Casey’s communities, as well as their established programs, Casey’s can help immediately get meals to kids and their families. In addition to the cash donation to your local food bank(s), this partnership will include volunteer efforts and additional in-kind food donations by Casey’s throughout the coming year.

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