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Saturday Afternoon News, July 18th


Reynolds Orders Flags To Be At Half-Staff

(Des Moines) — Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to be flown at half staff on Monday, July 20th in honor and remembrance of U-S Representative John Lewis, a congressman from Atlanta, Georgia and longtime civil rights icon. Reynolds says from the bridge in Selma, Alabama to the halls of Congress, John Lewis was a trailblazer for justice and equality.
Reynolds also said of Lewis, that he was a giant in the civil rights
movement, and always sought liberty and justice for all Americans. Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff at all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are
encouraged to fly the flags at half-staff for the same length of time.




Public Health Department Releases COVID-19 Case Numbers

(Des Moines) — The Iowa Department of Public Health has reported 287 new positive coronavirus cases and three additional deaths in the state as of 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  According to the public health data, there have been now 37,903 positive cases, 27,800 recoveries and 785 deaths since the pandemic began.  The Iowa Department of Public Health reported a total of 403,726 Iowans have been tested for COVID-19, one of eight Iowans have been tested for the virus, while one in 83 have tested positive.  The Department of Public Health says 3,370 Iowans were tested on Friday.   Iowa’s coronavirus hospitalizations numbers have been on the rise since the beginning of July.  They report 210 patients are hospitalized, unchanged from the previous day, and 70 patients are listed in Intensive Care Units, unchanged from the previous day, and there are 27 patients on ventilators, which is down from 32 from the previous day.   The Department of Public Health reports that 26 patients have been admitted within the last 24-hours, which is down from the 27 the previous day.  Public Health officials reported approximately 3,140 in-patient beds available within the state, and 489 ICU beds and 791 ventilators still available.  There are currently coronavirus outbreaks in 16 of Iowa’s long-term care facilities.  The Public Health Department reported 409 positive cases and 90 recoveries within those facilities.  There have been 418 deaths from the long-term care facilities.