Jobless Claims Soar As Iowa Closes More Retail Businesses

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds is ordering the closure of more nonessential businesses to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Reynolds announced Thursday that she had expanded an earlier closure order to include stores selling furniture, books, clothing, shoes, jewelry and other items. The business closures already included bars, dine-in restaurants, theaters, casinos and gyms and will last until at least April 7. Schools will remain closed at least until April 13. Reynolds also ordered dentists to halt all but emergency work and directed hospitals not to perform any nonessential surgeries and procedures.