KXEL Afternoon News for Fri. Apr. 03, 2020

KXEL Afternoon News for Fri. Apr. 03, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health said it has been notified of 85 new coronavirus cases in the state. This brings the total number of cases to Iowa to 699. There have been a total of 8,764 negative tests to date. No new cases in Black Hawk County reported today…Johnson County confirmed three new cases, while Linn County had 14 new confirmed cases.

Target is introducing additional social distancing and safety measures to help customers and employees stay healthy, including masks & gloves for employees, and monitoring and limiting the number of people in a store at a given time.

HyVee announced that it will be installing more protective windows at checkouts in the next few days in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This weekend, HyVee will also be putting up signs to make aisles one way to prevent customers from having to pass each other. And starting Monday, HyVee is encouraging people to follow a “one person per cart” rule to avoid multiple family members going to grocery stores.

Applications began being accepted today for the $349 billion small business aid program. Some large banks said they did not have enough information from the Small Business Administration to proceed. Community banks were able more quickly to adapt when the window opened this morning; reports are that most financial institutions had figured it out before midday.

The Iowa Egg Council has created a new way to hunt for Easter Eggs this year, virtually. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Easter Egg Hunts in Iowa and across the United States have been canceled. To keep the tradition alive the Council has created a virtual Easter Egg Hunt. Families can download and print off an Easter egg coloring sheet on their website, https://www.iowaegg.org/. Pictures can be posted on social media with hashtags. #IowaEggHunt or #IowaEggColoring.