Coronavirus in Iowa: State tells workers to return to jobs or lose their benefits


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Dec 12, 2018
Iowa is warning furloughed workers that they will lose their unemployment benefits if they refuse to return when their employer calls them back to work.

Gov. Kim Reynolds is moving to partially reopen 77 of the state’s 99 counties Friday, relaxing restrictions that were intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The counties that can partially reopen either have no confirmed coronavirus activity or have seen a downward trend in positive COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days, Reynolds said Monday.

Restaurants, some bars, malls, fitness centers, and retail stores are expected to open their doors for the first time in several weeks.
Other businesses will remain closed through May 15 — two weeks after the governor's initial emergency proclamation closing businesses was set to expire.

Iowa Workforce Development said Monday that failing to return to work out of fear of catching the virus will be considered a voluntary quit, which disqualifies workers from receiving unemployment benefits.

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