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The new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have interrupted our lives in countless ways. Our coverage details the medical issues surrounding coronavirus -- and the way it's changing the Midwest.

Several Midwest States Give Stay-Home Orders. Coronavirus News Monday, March 23

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The governors of llinois and Ohio ordered residents to stay home to halt the spread of coronavirus. It remains to be seen if other Midwest states will follow suit amid the growing pandemic. On Monday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also announced a stay-at-home orders.

Here’s the latest from the region: 



  • The governor called a mandatory stay-at-home order for residents, joining New York, California and Ohio in similar measures.
  • There have been five deaths, and over 500 cases of the virus. 



  • There are over 100 cases of the virus statewide.
  • MU Health relaxed testing guidelines to allow doctors to order a test for anyone with symptoms. 


  • The number of confirmed cases in Iowa approaches 100. 
  • University of Iowa Health is urgently requesting donations of new or used protective face shields. 


As the case count continues to rise, information on this story is moving quickly and may be out-of-date. We recommend checking the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionfor ways to stay safe and this John Hopkins tool for the most recent data.

This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health.