Front-line workers on COVID’s severity: ‘We’ve never seen anything like this’

Despite all of the reporting, public announcements and warnings from health care professionals, community leaders and elected officials, health care workers IowaWatch spoke with as 2020 drew to a close said many people still don’t understand the severity of suffering that the people hit hardest with COVID-19 have to endure. Unless, that it, they have seen it up close, themselves, with someone they know.

Finding Health Care Coverage for Every Iowan an Elusive Dream

Cynthia Houston didn’t panic when she lost her job at the Mount Pleasant School District in 2008. She looked for another job and paid the extra money to keep insurance through COBRA. She found work but couldn’t afford insurance there. That was when she had a breakdown. Cynthia Houston poses at the Community Health Center in Columbus Junction.

Senate Bill Would Ease HIV Transmission Law

State legislators are expected to consider a bill to ease parts of a controversial Iowa law allowing
imprisonment of HIV-infected people for up to 25 years if they don’t reveal their condition
before having “intimate contact” with another person.