Advocacy Strategies will continue to do our best to keep you informed during this time of uncertainty. As long as it is productive, we will provide a weekly update on important information to you as it pertains to our work/communication with legislators on your behalf, important information from the State as it pertains to the Pandemic and our work with state agencies on your behalf as the need arises.
Here are the most relevant updates and information we thought might be helpful at this time.
- As of Tuesday morning there are 124 positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The State of Iowa will soon begin sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs.
- Additional closures were given in conjunction with the State of Public Health Disaster Emergency by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
- This includes all salons, including all establishments providing the services of cosmetology, electrology, esthetics, nail technology, manicuring, and pedicuring are closed from 10 pm, March 22, 2020 until 11:59 pm March 31, 2020. Additionally, medical spas, barbershops, tattoo establishments, tanning facilities, massage therapy establishments, and swimming pools were closed under this order.
- Requirements for in-person continuing education as a condition of professional license renewal are suspended through the provision. All regulatory agencies or boards governed by these provisions will provide additional guidance to licensees regarding the effect of these suspensions.
- On Saturday, Governor Reynolds announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of January 31, 2020 and continuing. The declaration allows pandemic-impacted small businesses and non-profit organizations to apply for low-interest support loans. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
- Applications can be made via the SBA’s website: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
- If you are unable to apply online, you may download an application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, under the Loan Information tab.
- For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- An extension has been issued for Rule making. Thus any pending Administrative Rules are temporarily suspended for the time being.
- All Tax deadlines have been extended as well. This includes income and property tax payments.
- Gov. Reynold continues to hold daily press conferences at 2:30 pm. The press conferences will be livestreamed and posted in full on Governor Reynolds’ Facebook Page.