IA Gov. Addresses School Face Mask Issue

Jun 30, 2020

Gov. Reynolds before her press conference at Pine Lake Corn Processors in Steamboat Rock on Tuesday

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Governor Kim Reynolds says Iowa school officials who mandate that everyone in a school building must wear face masks need to now seriously consider how to implement that policy.

State guidelines released last week for reopening Iowa’s K-through-12 schools said face coverings could be allowed, but it will not be a statewide mandate. 

Newly posted guidelines from the Iowa Department of Education have a list of considerations about face masks. During a news conference this morning, the governor said schools must define appropriate use.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have added Iowa to a list of states covered by an advisory that requires travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his counter parts in New Jersey and Connecticut, announced a travel advisory last week that requires individuals from states with “increased prevalence of COVID-19” to quarantine.

The advisory applies to states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or a test positivity rate higher than 10%.

Another five people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa, and there have been an additional 213 confirmed cases, the state reported today. 

The state was reporting 712 COVID-19-related deaths, an increase of five since the state's tally yesterday, according its  Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website.  

Six more cases of the virus were recorded in Woodbury County today.  There have been 43 deaths attributed to COVID-19.