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Iowa to Reopen in All Counties this Friday, with Some Social Distancing Restrictions

All coronavirus-related restrictions will be lifted statewide this Friday, May 15. Governor Kim Reynolds made that announcement this morning at her coronavirus news conference. 

“All restrictions currently lifted in Iowa’s 77 counties will be expanded statewide, which includes restaurants, fitness centers, and additionally, salons, barber shops, massage therapy may reopen statewide, with some capacity restrictions, health measures that are put in place.”

Bars and casinos will not be allowed to reopen at this time.

Sara Reisetter, deputy director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, explains those restrictions.

“If you do need to leave your home, it is important to practice good social distancing, and wearing mask if not staying six feet away from others is not possible.  Anyone who has been in close contact for more than 30 minutes with a confirmed positive case, also needs to continue to self-isolate for 14 days.”

Today public health officials announced 377 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Iowa,  bringing the total number of cases to 13,289.

There were also 17 additional deaths.  In Woodbury County, Siouxland District Helath reports that there were two additional deaths, and 50 new positive coronavirus cases, as the total number of confirmed infections passed 2,000. 

The county's COVID-19 death toll now stands at 15. 

The governor also talked about Iowa's three-phase approach: stabilize, recover, grow. She said we are now moving into the recovery phase as the state has significantly increased its testing capacity.

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