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Disability Advocates Call for Governor to Order "Shelter in Place" in Iowa

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Siouxland Disability Resource Center
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There is a growing concern in the state of Iowa the governor isn’t doing enough to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Governor Kim Reynolds says she does have strong guidelines in place. 

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Credit Disability Resource Center of Siouxland
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DRC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DON DEW

But, Don Dew the Executive Director of the Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland says it’s not enough.

“Governor Reynolds, you say you are driven by the data.  Please look at the data why it is so much better to do mitigation to lock down the state.”

Dew along with other members of Iowa’s Independent Living Network sent a letter to the Governor this week urging her to take more action then just telling people to stay home.

“There’s really no teeth behind it where people can say, I’m really not supposed to be doing this.”

The Network also told the Governor if medical supplies need to be rationed it’s against the law to discriminate against people with disabilities.

“If you remember Hurricane Katrina, the same thing is happening now that happened now where a lot of people who were elderly or disabled were left.”

Dew says there is more concern because people with disabilities are more susceptible to COVID-19.

“We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of people in the state of Iowa.  I do not understand why the Governor would not be worried about all Iowans.”

Dew says it’s important for people to stay home to stop the spread of the virus to a vulnerable person. 

“It’s about them killing somebody and no one wants to be responsible for that.”

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