Des Moines – The Iowa Legislature’s International Relations Committee met to address statewide efforts to address the deadly spread of coronavirus in Iowa’s sister cities in China. The Legislature is partnering with sister-cities’ local leaders and private-sector philanthropists to ship relief supplies to communities in China under siege from coronavirus – and they are asking for every Iowan’s help.

The Health Impact to Iowa’s Sister-Cities
As of Wednesday, over 75,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus outbreak had taken hold, with the death toll quickly surpassing 2,000 individuals, making it one of the worst outbreaks globally. “The number of confirmed cases in Iowa’s sister-state Hebei province has exploded,” said Dr William Zhang, who briefed the Iowa Legislature. Infections rose quickly this week to 265, with Tangshan the sister-city of Cedar Rapids having 35 infected, Handan, sister-city of Dubuque having 31, Langfang the sister-city of Davenport having 29, and Shijiazhuang sister-city of Des Moines’s & Muscatine having 27 cases. The outbreak is expected to continue into the long-term.

Plea for Assistance
Iowa Sister-States (ISS) is coordinating a relief effort for quarantined citizens in sister-cities with essential donations. “What is critical at this time is medical supplies and sanitary items,” said Exec Director Monty Freeman, ISS. Iowa is asking for help and donations for the following critical need items:

 1.  One-time use protection gowns
 2.  Medical masks (n95)
 3.  One-time use surgical masks
 4.  One-time use medical masks
 5.  One-time use medical gloves
 6.  Protective eye glasses
 7.  Thermometers
 8.  Hand-sanitizer
 9.  Tissues
 10. Donations for shipping

The Iowa Sister States’ Hebei Committee is leading a donation campaign. If Iowa’s businesses, medical facilities, or communities have an ability donate any of the supplies listed it can be sent c/o Luca Berrone at SACMI USA, 3434 106th Cir., Urbandale, IA 50322. Donations may also be dropped with Iowa Sister-States at c/o Monty Freeman at 200 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Many Iowans are ready to take action and assist the people, families, and friends in China impacted by the large-scale coronavirus outbreak during this difficult time. Once Iowa Sister States receives donations they will be shipped to Hebei Province immediately.

Updates can be monitored at Iowa Sister-States:
Monetary donations are tax-deductible and can be offered at the link on the Iowa Sister States website: <a href="”><;

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