New software slows Iowa COVID-19 contact tracing

New contact tracing software Iowa implemented Nov. 5 — at the height of a statewide surge of COVID-19 cases — continues to cause problems, including crashes, lag time entering records and security issues that don’t let local health departments use volunteers.

“It has slowed down our follow-up significantly,” said Lynelle Diers, Wapello County Public health director. “We are finding out about people when their isolation is about over, which, to me, is very ineffective. I know the other system was not built for a pandemic, but why do you do this during a surge?”

The Iowa Department of Public Health contracted with DOMO, a Utah-based company, to create the software as a replacement for the contact tracing components of the Iowa Disease Surveillance System. If DOMO sounds familiar, that’s because it’s one of the partners involved in a $26 million no-bid contract to develop the Test Iowa Initiative.

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ESPN Computer Predicts The Winner Of Iowa vs. Nebraska

Nebraska Huskers head coach Scott Frost against Iowa.
Nebraska Huskers head coach Scott Frost against Iowa.

Nebraska’s football program is in deep need of a win this weekend. Unfortunately, the Huskers aren’t favored to get one.

Scott Frost’s program is scheduled to face rival Iowa on Friday afternoon. The Huskers are coming off an embarrassing home loss to Illinois.

Nebraska’s head coach knows his team has a tough task ahead of it.

“They’re going to make you earn it, man. They’re a physical program,” Frost said about Iowa on Monday, via Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register.

ESPN’s Football Power Index has made its prediction for the game.

ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving Iowa an 86.1 percent chance to win the game, giving Nebraska just a 13.9 percent chance at an upset.

The Huskers have yet to officially decide on a starting quarterback. Luke McCaffrey has been the guy, though Frost could turn back to

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Iowa State vs. Texas line, picks: Advanced computer model reveals selections for Friday’s Big 12 battle

It’s a huge Big 12 matchup the day after Thanksgiving when the 15th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones (6-2) visit Austin to face the 20th-ranked Texas Longhorns (5-2). Kickoff is set for noon ET. The Longhorns are a 1.5-point favorite in the latest Iowa State vs. Texas odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under is 57 (For this week’s latest college football lines, head over to our college football odds page).

Before making any Iowa State vs. Texas picks, you MUST check out the FBS college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is also a sizzling 44-23 on all top-rated picks through 12 weeks of the 2020 college

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Iowa can’t spend $21 million in coronavirus aid on computer system, regulators say

The state auditor and federal inspectors have determined Gov. Kim Reynolds’ decision to use $21 million of coronavirus relief money on a new computer system was “not allowable” and could result in Iowa losing the money if it’s not shifted by the end of the year.

“If the Governor does not redeploy these dollars to a lawful use, they will have to be repaid to the federal government,” State Auditor Rob Sand wrote in an Oct. 16 letter to Dave Roederer at the Department of Management. “That will result in a $21M loss for Iowa taxpayers.”

In July, Reynolds announced she had transferred $91 million of Iowa’s $1.25 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES Act, to the Office of the Chief Information Officer for technology upgrades.

Included in this was $21 million for the state to replace its budget, accounting and human resources computer system

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