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Governor Asks Iowans to Celebrate Carefully on this Thanksgiving

As Iowans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, the coronavirus continues to spread across the state. The state’s death toll has grown to 2,224.
Another 19 COVID-19 deaths were reported today, along with an additional 3,860 confirmed coronavirus cases. There have been 82 cases added in the last 24 hours in Siouxland and one additional death of an elderly female. Siouxland District Health is asking residents  to help reduce the spread.
In her news conference today, Governor Kim Reynolds asked all Iowans to do the same thing over the  Thanksgiving holiday.

“While traveling keep hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and extra masks with you. Wear a mask and social distance when you are in close proximity to others not from your household and of course wash your hands frequently.”

The governor also talked about how Iowa would deliver the upcoming coronavirus vaccines in the coming months.  Reynolds said the state would be looking to the IDPH and federal health officials about prioritizing the use of the vaccine.
Reynolds also reassured citizens that the PPE stockpile was in good shape.
The governor was also asked about the more than 50 new outbreaks at long term care facilities in the state. She said she was working with those facilities and the public health department for guidance as we move into the holidays.

The governor said she was encouraged by the report that  Iowans who have recovered from Covid-19 have donated more doses of convalescent plasma that ever before, according to Lifeserve. One donation can help four Iowans that have covid 19.  

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