Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R)

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Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation in response to a severe weather system that moved across Iowa and caused widespread damage August 10.

The proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather in Boone, Clinton, Dallas, Johnson, Marshall, and Story counties. The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for Dallas, Johnson, Marshall, and Story counties.  

Just a day after officials launched an effort to increase enforcement of distancing orders in bars and restaurants, a state agency reported there had been 705 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus. 

As of this morning, another 11 people had died of the virus in Iowa.

Governor Kim Reynolds announced yesterday that a $1,000 fine would be imposed on bars that fail to enforce social distancing requirements when more than ten are gathered. 

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is once again being asked to issue a face mask mandate. A coalition of health groups led by the Iowa Medical Society have sent the governor a letter, urging her to issue a statewide face mask mandate.  

Fifteen groups representing 12,000 health care providers signed onto the letter. The groups say widespread use of face coverings will slow the spread of the virus and save lives. 

Governor Reynolds has encouraged Iowans to “mask up,” but has resisted a statewide mandate.

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A coalition of health groups including the Iowa Medical Society have sent Governor Kim Reynolds a letter, asking her to issue a statewide face mask mandate.  

Fifteen groups, representing 12,000 health care providers signed onto the letter.  They say widespread use of face coverings will slow the spread of the virus and save lives. Governor Reynolds has encouraged Iowans to “mask up,” but has resisted a statewide mandate.

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A coalition of health groups led by the Iowa Medical Society have sent Governor Kim Reynolds a letter, urging her to issue a statewide face mask mandate.  

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The state of Iowa reports another 503 cases of the coronavirus as of this afternoon. State health officials also report six additional deaths. The state has had more than 39,000 cases of the COVID-19 and and nearly 800 deaths.   

Woodbury County added 20 new cases of the coronavirus since today, and it now has a total of 3,472 cases and 46 deaths.  There were no new deaths yesterday.

Nebraska added 264 new COVID-19 cases today, and twelve new deaths.  The state has had 22, 847 cases so far. 

Gov. Kim Reynolds says she will override local school districts and require students to spend at least half of their education time in classrooms. 

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Gov. Kim Reynolds says today Iowa is changing the way it counts who has recovered from COVID-19.  The state now shows more people recovering from the virus.  

Starting today, the state began considering Iowans to have recovered from COVID-19 28 days after a positive test, or two incubation periods of the coronavirus, unless the state receives information that the person is still hospitalized or has not recovered.

 

Iowa has surpassed 700 COVID-19 deaths as another seven deaths were reported by the state on Friday. 

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Iowa Senate Democrats called today for Republican Governor Kim Reynolds to quickly sign an executive order allowing felons to vote once they have completed their sentences.  Reynolds has made a constitutional amendment restoring felon voter rights a top priority for two years. But, Senate Republicans have rejected her proposals. Against a backdrop of protests over racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Reynolds this month promised to sign an executive order.  Iowa is the only state that disenfranchises all felons. 

Coming up on the exchange, we have a wrap up of the 2020 legislative session with Republican Siouxland State Senator Jim Carlin and Siouxland Democratic State Represenative Chris Hall. Carlin and other Republicans voted for a budget that is basically status quo in the age of COVID 19.

However, Chris Hall says republicans basically handed over decisions about the 8 billion dollar state budget to the governor and her staff.  

There have been three nights of violence in Des Moines over the police murder of George Floyd of Minneapolis.  Today, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds today said she was working with the NAACP to change the criminal justice system to reduce racism and violence to African Americans.  At a news conference this afternoon, Gov. Reynolds said she wanted to work with advocates for social justice to prevent more tragic deaths.  Betty Andrews is president of Iowa-Nebraska Branch of the NAACP. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 290 additional COVID-19 cases today (Friday) bringing the state to 18,792 positive tests overall.

Twenty more deaths were reported, for a total of 520 Iowans confirmed to have died of the coronavirus.

376 Iowans are currently hospitalized with the virus. State health officials say more than 10,500 have recovered from the illness.

Those numbers reflect the 24-hour period ending today at 10 a.m.

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Most coronavirus-related restrictions will be lifted statewide this Friday, May 15, Governor Kim Reynolds announced 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.

The state of Iowa will open up significantly this Friday. Governor Kim Reynolds made that announcement this morning at her coronavirus news conference.  The opening includes most businesses excepting bars and casinos.

However, social distancing, and wearing a mask if your are not six feet away from others will be required.  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. 

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.

Woodbury County COVID-19 casualties reached a new high yesterday with four deaths attributed to the disease.  Siouxland District Health reported the deaths along with 314 new positive cases of COVID-19.  Also, yesterday Iowa had the second-highest single day increase in Covid-19 deaths since the pandemic hit the state. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported eighteen more deaths and 539 additional cases of the coronavirus.  

This week on The Exchange:

Siouxland mayors, including Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott, demand more transparency about the source of the recent surge in coronavirus cases in the tri-state area.

Governor Kim Reynolds looks forward to opening up 77 Iowa counties this Friday, after many weeks of lockdown because of COVID-19.

Iowa's Home Rule Constitutional Amendment could affect local rules about shutdowns during the pandemic, but, so far, the governor has the last word.

Governor Kim Reynolds says she wants her team to have a conversation with the Iowa Board of Medicine after it unanimously voted to ask her to issue a formal shelter-in-place order.

Board members are appointed by the governor and oversee physician licensing and regulations.

Reynolds says she hasn’t received the board’s letter yet.  

Two of Iowa's Democratic members of Congress are calling on Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to issue a stay-at-home order as the state confirms more cases of the novel coronavirus. U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne issued a letter this week calling for the statewide mandate, and U.S. Representative Abby Finkenauer issued a similar letter letter last week.

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Two more people have died from complications of COVID-19 in Iowa, and that brings the total number of deaths to three. And 56 more have tested positive. 

At her daily coronavirus news conference today, Governor Kim Reynolds talked about the need to adjust the state response to the spread of the coronavirus as time goes on.  In response to a question about a letter from President Trump about labeling counties according to risks, Reynolds said she wasn’t ready to start rating counties without the proper data.

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Two more people have died from complications of COVID-19 in Iowa, and that brings the total number of deaths to three. And 56 more have tested positive. 

At her daily coronavirus news conference today, Governor Kim Reynolds add that there have been a total of more than 3,700 negative tests.

Reynolds talked about the need to adjust the state response to the spread of the coronavirus as time goes on.  She said there may be a need to impose more regulations or to dial back on what has been done, depending on data from the state. 

Gov. Reynolds Expands State Disaster Proclamation

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Gov. Kim Reynolds today expanded the state's disaster health proclamation.  At Reynolds daily coronavirus briefing, Reynolds said she was prohibiting elective non-essential surgical and dental procedures and expanding the breadth of the state's retail closures.

All existing closures including restaurants and bars will be now be extended another week until April 7th, as now also  book stores, clothing and shoe stores, jewelry, luggage, cosmetic, perfume and beauty supply stores and home furnishing stores are included in the proclamation.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds today expanded the state's disaster health proclamation, halting elective non-essential surgical and dental procedures and expanding the breadth of the state's retail closures.

All existing closures, including restaurants and bar closures, were extended an additional week to April 7. That is effective as of 10 p.m. Thursday.

  

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COVID-19 cases have increased to 179 in Iowa 

The Iowa Department of Public Health says 34 more people have tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. 

Drive-through testing for COVID-19 will start in Woodbury County tomorrow.

But, testing isn’t available for everyone.  It’s being held in an undisclosed location for patients with recommendations from their doctors.

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Monona County has its first case of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

This is the fourth such case in Northwest Iowa.  Woodbury County was the first in the region to have a positive case announced over the weekend, followed by Sioux Countynthe following day. A second case was confirmed in Woodbury County this week. 

Today, the state of Iowa increased the number of COVID-19 cases to 124. That is 19 more than yesterday.  There were no new confirmed cases in Siouxland.

Sarah Reisetter from the Iowa Department of Public Health says currently “sheltering in place” in Iowa isn’t necessary for the time being.

Reisetter says people should stay home as much as possible, especially if you are over the age of 60; use social distancing, work from home if possible, stay away from large gatherings and use good personal hygiene.

Today, the state of Iowa increased the number of COVID-19 cases to 124, that’s 19 more than yesterday.  There were no new confirmed cases in Siouxland.

Sarah Reisetter from the Iowa Department of Public Health says currently “sheltering in place” in Iowa isn’t necessary for the time being.

“Shelter in place for two or three weeks will not cause the coronavirus to go away.  That is because the virus is circulating around the world and can be reintroduced from many different places.”

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The number of positive cases of COVID-19 has grown by another 19 in Iowa, bringing the state total to 124 confirmed cases, Gov. Kim Reynolds said today.

The latest report includes cases in Jasper County and Warren County in central Iowa. That means 30 counties in Iowa have positive cases.  Woodbury County has two confirmed cases.

 

 

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Iowa now has 105 cases of COVID-19, according to Governor Kim Reynolds.  At an afternoon press conference today, Reynolds continued to ask for non-essential workers to stay home and only leave the house for necessities.  She also talked about some new efforts to help Iowa small businesses. The governor announced an unemployment insurance tax extension to assist small businesses

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