The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports COVID-19 cases in the state have climbed to 18,791 with 249 new infections confirmed over a 24-hour period. Health officials also confirmed 17 additional coronavirus-related deaths, marking 520 deaths to date. U.S. Senator, Joni Ernst, joined Gov. Kim Reynolds during Friday’s press conference to highlight the federal government’s role in Iowa’s pandemic response and recovery. As of May 23, Iowa businesses have received over 54,000 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans totaling more than $5 billion. Over 1.5 million Iowans have received Economic Impact Payments (EIP) worth $2.7 billion. The state also received $1.25 billion through the CARES Act. According to Reynolds, $700 million of that will be used to support Iowa businesses and families, farmers, local governments, health care providers and telehealth expansions. The remaining $525 million will be held for Iowa’s Unemployment Trust Fund and other unforeseen expenses. Iowa Economic Development Authority Director, Debi Durham, also announced today (Friday), they have launched the Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program. To determine eligibility, visit iowahousingrecovery.com. Reynolds announced she and her staff would be returning to the Capitol next week and press conferences will now be held on Tuesdays and Thursday at 11 a.m. rather than daily. As for case numbers in the listening area, Calhoun County remains at two, Carroll County with nine, Audubon at 12 and Greene with 13. Sac County has climbed to 18, Guthrie to 48 and Crawford to 496. Buena Vista County continues to see a dramatic spike in cases and now stands at 710. For more information on COVID-19 in Iowa, visit coronavirus.iowa.gov.