Reynolds gives $14M to Iowa care homes as virus cases rise

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday that she will provide $14 million in federal funds to Iowa’s long-term care centers to help them manage new outbreaks of the coronavirus at the facilities.

The federal virus relief money will pay for additional testing and staffing at the long-term care centers, and it comes at a time when Reynolds said another 20 facilities are dealing with outbreaks of the coronavirus. That means about a quarter of the state’s care homes now have outbreaks.

Infections at care centers can be especially devastating because older people are especially at risk of becoming seriously ill or dying of COVID-19. Reynolds noted that 74% of the people now being treated in hospitals for the virus are older than 60.

Reynolds said that “underscores the importance of taking measures to protect those most at risk whether due to age or underlying health conditions.”

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CEO Couple Buy Gables Estate Mansion For Nearly $14M

8950 Arvida Drive with Andre Hakkak and Marissa Shipman (One Sotheby's, White Oak, The Balm)

8950 Arvida Drive with Andre Hakkak and Marissa Shipman (One Sotheby’s, White Oak, theBalm)

A CEO couple bought a Gables Estates mansion for $13.6 million.

Records show married couple Andre Hakkak and Marissa Shipman bought the house at 8950 Arvida Drive in Coral Gables from Cimex Invest Inc., a Czech Republic-based investment company led by Jana Sobotova.

Hakkak is the CEO and co-founder of White Oak Global Advisors, a global investment firm founded in 2007, with offices all over the U.S. and internationally, according to its website. His wife, Shipman, is the founder and CEO of cosmetics company theBalm Cosmetics, based in Reno, Nevada. She founded the company in 2004.

Marily Vazquez Prol of Modern World Realty represented the buyers, while Saddy Delgado of One Sotheby’s International Realty represented the sellers.

Records show Cimex Invest bought the 17,215-square-foot mansion in 2016, the same year it was built, for $12 million.

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$14M Mansion Is the Florida Panhandle’s Priciest New Build Sale

Just a few months after being put on the market, a Florida mansion inspired by the white houses of Santorini has sold for $14 million.

Nicknamed Mont Blanc (French for “White Mountain”), the beachfront property was built by Scott Barnes Development and designer Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors last year. The 9,051-square-foot estate overlooking Seagrove Beach’s Emerald Coast and is modeled after the Cycladic architecture seen on Greek Islands such as Santorini and Mykonos.

The all-white color scheme, wide terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows are meant to reflect the nearby ocean and provide what feels like boundless views of the water.

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