Nebraksa Governor Pete Ricketts

As the state of Iowa reports the biggest one-day total of deaths and cases of COVID-19, Governor Kim Reynolds plans to ease a couple of restrictions in the state.

Starting on Monday, she will allow elective surgeries to resume and give farmer’s markets the go ahead to open with restrictions.  That’s also the day she plans to announce phase one of reopening the state.  However, she says that could change depending on the progression of the pandemic.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds ordering more businesses to shut down to try and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The move includes camp grounds, bowling alley, playgrounds and malls.

Police will be given guidance this week on how to enforce the statewide ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

Stephan Bayens, the commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, says misdemeanor charges are possible if people ignore warnings.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers doesn't expect to eliminate from its reservoir system all the leftover water from last year's near-record runoff that led to massive flooding along the Missouri River. Officials are raising the current releases in expectation of high spring runoff again this year. The Corps told the Omaha World-Herald the system needs to make as much space as possible in light of forecasts for warmer than normal weather and higher than normal runoff.