Kim Reynolds put on a Dick Cheney worthy sneer when she responded to a question by James Lynch about the decommissioned state covid website. Goodness she’s touchy! No wonder they’re all afraid of her. She stated on Iowa Press last week among other falsehoods that the state’s website was decommissioned because nobody was using it anyway. Watch her wacky Iowa Press performance here along with BFIA commentary. And read the story below about how Iowa newspapers have to make their own website to inform Iowans about Covid-19 since #covidkim is so over it.
Iowacoviddata.com is the product of a collaboration among Iowa newspapers to serve as a central source of Iowa COVID-19 data.
The project is led by the Iowa Newspaper Association and spearheaded by the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Des Moines Register, Iowa City Daily Iowan and Iowa Falls Times Citizen.
On Feb. 16, 2022, the state decommissioned its coronavirus data website, coronavirus.iowa.gov, and moved disease reports to the Iowa Department of Public Health website to mirror reporting of other respiratory infections. The change coincided with the expiration of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ COVID-19 disaster declaration, which had diverted state resources to pandemic response since March 2020.
While the state’s new COVID-19 reporting page includes information about new COVID-19 cases and deaths at the state and county levels, as well as vaccination rates, it no longer reports data for hospitalizations and long term care facility outbreaks. Links on the webpage direct users to that information on the websites of U.S. Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Iowacoviddata.com pulls data from the Iowa Department of Public Health and HHS. It provides information about new COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations at the state and county levels, and includes a map that reports new cases per capita for each county over a previous seven-day period.
The website will be updated weekly on Wednesdays, coinciding with the state’s release of new data.