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A collaboration between four University of Iowa-based institutions will soon help bring their programming to wider audiences who can’t access them during the pandemic.

The Stanley Museum of Art, the Office of the State archaeologist, the Pentacrest Museums and University Libraries are partnering on the project, which secured a $200,327 grant to expand their senior programming in Southeast Iowa.

The money will be used to digitize collections from the four institutions and to create virtual events that senior living facilities can do with their residents. They also will record events, such as talks with scholars or art projects. The recordings will be available to access anytime online.

“We have about 4 million objects in our collection,” said Elizabeth Reetz, director of strategic initiatives at the Office of the State archaeologist. “We’ll be taking high-quality images of a lot of our objects and writing interpretation and question guides that can go

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Iowa was the last state to ban those with felony convictions from voting, even after completion of their sentences.

Des Moines Register

Days before early voting begins in Iowa, Secretary of State Paul Pate has unveiled a new website and voter registration form with updated information on when people with felony convictions may resume voting.

Iowa’s four-member Voter Registration Commission approved the new form on Friday, Pate announced in a news release. The update comes two months after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order in early August restoring the right to vote to most people with felony convictions in Iowa once they have served their sentences, including any parole or probation.

The form, which Iowans fill out when they register to vote, includes a reference to a new state website, RestoreYourVote.iowa.gov, which contains information about the executive order and how to register to vote. The site lets people

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Iowa adding 27,000 antigen tests to state website

September 26, 2020 | website | No Comments

The Iowa Department of Public Health will add the results of nearly 27,000 antigen tests to its coronavirus website over the weekend. 

The new batch of test results come from long-term care facilities that have been conducting surveillance testing on staff members during the month of September, according to an IDPH news release. 

Of the nearly 27,000 antigen tests being added onto the site, about 300 of them are positive — a positivity rate of 1.1%, according to the release. 

On Aug. 26, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued an interim final rule that long-term care facilities routinely test staff members and others working at the facility. The federal government has been providing facilities with antigen testing equipment. 

More: State lab says it can’t handle many nursing home tests for COVID; industry says private labs and onsite machines can

More than half of Iowa’s 1,307 COVID-19 deaths

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