Ian Richardson, The Des Moines Register

Ian Richardson

The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Recent articles by Ian:

Iowa House Republicans put forward plan to protect businesses, medical providers from COVID-19 lawsuits

The liability protections are Republicans' top legislative priority in response to the virus. → Read More

Armed with face masks and hand sanitizer, Iowa voters cast their primary ballots

Iowans, many wearing their own cloth masks, visited polling places Tuesday to cast their vote in person. → Read More

'We're losing the message about justice': Des Moines community leaders fear attention now focused on violence

African American leaders say protests and confrontations with police in Des Moines reflect frustration with systemic injustice, a deep need for change. → Read More

Watch: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds holds daily coronavirus briefing at 11 a.m. as state nears 15,000 COVID-19 cases

Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday to discuss the state's latest efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic in Iowa. → Read More

Iowa reopenings: Here's what's newly open and what's still closed in Gov. Kim Reynolds' new proclamation

Gov. Kim Reynolds' announcement Wednesday was the latest in a gradual process of allowing businesses in the state to reopen over the past two weeks. → Read More

Fact check: Has Iowa really 'flattened the curve'? Our ruling: The claim needs more support

Has Iowa truly flattened the curve? Here's what that terms means and what the current data and independent health experts say. → Read More

Fact check: COVID-19 UV light treatment is being studied — not yet in use — in Los Angeles

Researchers are working on a medical device that uses UV-A as a potential treatment for COVID-19 patients. But a study is in early stages. → Read More

Fact check: Iowan convicted of sex crimes wasn't released from prison due to gender change

Social media posts have implied that Iowan Josie Smith was released from prison due to a change in gender identity. This claim is false. → Read More

Fact check: We know about coughs and sneezes. But can coronavirus spread through farts?

Can the coronavirus spread through flatulence? Recent articles, some shared widely on social media, claim that it can. What do experts say? → Read More

Fact check: Is US coronavirus death toll inflated? Experts say it's likely the opposite

Theories have circulated that the government’s system for counting COVID-19 deaths is resulting in an inflation of the totals. This is false. → Read More

Fact check: Early studies show pink eye could be related to COVID-19 but in few cases

Available research points to pink eye-related symptoms occurring rarely in COVID-19 patients, potentially only in 1% or fewer. → Read More

Iowa state auditor: Gov. Kim Reynolds failing to 'answer basic questions' about coronavirus assessment tool

State auditor Rob Sand says he has not received answers to requests for information about the tool Gov. Kim Reynolds uses to assess the coronavirus. → Read More

Adult toy shop Romantix remains open in Iowa after state closes many nonessential stores

Romantix, an adult entertainment store with nine locations across Iowa, remains open in the state as of Friday. → Read More

As Iowa eases COVID-19 closures, here’s what’s open and closed across the state

Iowa shoppers can still walk into a Michaels store to buy sewing supplies. But they can’t walk into a Barnes & Noble to buy a book. → Read More

Fact check: Pets will not catch and spread the coronavirus to their owners

With so many questions about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 swirling around, we fact check whether pets can spread the virus. → Read More

Fact check: Could your December cough actually have been coronavirus? Experts say more research is needed

A handful of widely circulated Facebook posts have asserted that people in the United States contracted the coronavirus as early as last fall. → Read More

Coronavirus: 4 residents test positive at Cedar Rapids nursing home where 2 employees tested positive earlier

Officials at Heritage Specialty Care learned of the patients’ conditions on Thursday, according to a statement. → Read More

Fact check: Pets will not spread the coronavirus to their owners

Facebook posts have circulated saying more people are dropping their pets off at shelters in fear the animals can spread the virus. → Read More

Iowa suspends property tax collection, evictions; relaxes or extends deadlines on regulations in reaction to coronavirus outbreak

In a sweeping declaration, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds suspended some tax collections and evictions and relaxed or extended deadlines on regulations → Read More

Iowa Poll: Nearly 3 in 4 support banning vaping in the same public places cigarette smoking is banned

Joanne Merola, a 64-year-old poll respondent from Shenandoah, said she supports a ban. “Every time I see it, I just want to say, ‘Do you know how bad that is for you?’”, she said. → Read More