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‘There are a lot of downsides to it’: Gov. Reynolds, IDPH attempt to explain shelter-in-place hold-out as cases near 700

One of the first things Gov. Kim Reynolds talked about at her Friday press conference on the state’s response to COVID-19 was her Thursday press conference. “At yesterday’s press conference, we shared additional information about the metrics we have been using to assess and guide our COVID-19 mitigation efforts here in Iowa,” Reynolds said. “And […]

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The metrics guiding Gov. Reynolds’ COVID-19 decisions revealed — and met with criticism

On Thursday, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a new public health emergency proclamation that extended the business closures and regulatory waivers in her previous proclamations through April 30. It also extends through the end of April a ban on “nonessential and elective” medical and dental procedures that use personal protective equipment. Reynolds, however, did not mention […]

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Rep. Cindy Axne calls for shelter-in-place order, as Iowa sees its biggest one-day increase in positive tests for COVID-19

“Today starts of the fourth week since Iowa’s first coronavirus cases were confirmed, and the reality is the end is not yet in sight,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said during her Monday afternoon press conference on the state’s response to COVID-19. Earlier in the day, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 88 more Iowans had […]

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Iowa’s COVID-19 ‘peak’ expected soon

“We’re thinking that we might see a peak [in the number of COVID-19 cases in Iowa] — a first peak — in the next two to three weeks,” Iowa Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter said on Sunday. “That’s the best information that we have right now.” Reisetter stressed that that projection is […]

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Gov. Reynolds orders retail businesses closed, changes position on whether counties can order shelter-in-place

Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered the closure of more businesses on Thursday, as well as the cancellation of non-essential medical and dental procedures in Iowa. At her Thursday afternoon press conference on the state’s response to COVID-19, Reynolds also said she was pushing back by a week the date businesses closed by executive order can reopen. […]

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Shelter-in-place? Gov. Reynolds opposes mandatory restrictions, and Johnson County health leaders worry about ‘panic’

At her Wednesday afternoon press conference, Gov. Kim Reynolds reiterated her belief that voluntary efforts by Iowans are the key to combating the spread of COVID-19 in the state. “Now is the critical time, when each of us can make a difference on the impact that COVID-19 will have in Iowa,” Reynolds said. “We all […]

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