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COVID-19 Resources

Even in the darkest, most uncertain times, I’m constantly inspired by the strength of Iowans and their love of our communities. I’ve been so hopeful seeing neighbors checking on each other, volunteering to get groceries and run errands for those in need, sewing masks for frontline healthcare workers, buying gift cards for local businesses, and so many other generous actions. 

We’re all in this together.

Here are some resources for you and your family: 

For the general public with questions about COVID-19: You can call the state hotline 24/7 at 2-1-1. 

For those experiencing symptoms, or have further concerns: Please call the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) at (800) 362-2736. You can also find more information from the Iowa Department of Public Health at idph.iowa.gov. Follow these steps if you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you’re infected with the virus.

Here are updates regarding the number of Iowans monitored and tested for COVID-19.

Here are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from the CDC.

Here is guidance for health care providers from the CDC.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer Iowa has set up an online volunteer event page for COVID19 related volunteer opportunities. Opportunities are listed on the statewide online volunteer portal here. Visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website for information on how to donate homemade masks to healthcare providers.

Housing updates: If you need help paying your rent or mortgage payments in Iowa, there is short-term relief available to income-eligible families. Click here for more information.

Unemployment insurance updates: The newly passed CARES Act increases the availability of unemployment insurance benefits to those that are self-employed, contract workers, those ineligible for state unemployment benefits or have exhausted benefits. For assistance, call 866-239-0843 or click here to start a claim.

Student Loan Updates:

For Farmers:

For Small Businesses:

Tax Information:

For school meals: Many families rely on breakfasts and lunches at school for their kids. Many school districts like in Storm Lake, Des Moines, Ft. Dodge and Carroll are handing out packed lunches. Contact your local school district to see if there are available pick-up times for your family.

If you need transportation assistance in the counties of Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story, and Warren, HIRTA provides door to door transit services. Click here to make a reservation and schedule a ride.

State of Iowa Agency Guidance

Health & Human Services

Employment

Transportation and Travel

Education 

Business, Hospitality and Leisure

Public Safety

Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-8255

Sexual Assault Hotline – 1-800-656-4673

Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800−799−7233