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Gov. Reynolds recommends Iowa schools close for four weeks, will hold a press conference tomorrow


This news story was published on March 15, 2020.
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Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES – Upon discovery of the existence of substantial community spread of COVID-19 in the state, Gov. Reynolds is recommending that Iowa schools close for four weeks.

“Based on new information today from the Iowa Department of Public Health, now is the time to move to the next level of response,” Gov. Reynolds stated. “I am now recommending that all Iowa schools close for a period of four weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

Gov. Reynolds released the following video statement, it can be viewed here.

Gov. Reynolds is making this recommendation in consultation with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and based on CDC guidelines.

Earlier today, IDPH was notified of four additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 22 positive cases. According to IDPH, two cases are related to international travel. The individuals are residents of Allamakee County, one is a middle-age adult between 41-60 years; the other is a child, age 0-18 years. The third case is a middle-age Johnson County resident with no identified travel-related risk or exposure to a known COVID-19 case, and is considered the second case of community spread in Iowa. The fourth individual resides in Polk County and is a middle-age adult and indicates a third case of community spread.

One of today’s new cases was the first Iowa test conducted by a national lab. With testing options now expanding, Iowa expects the numbers of positive cases to increase. The governor will hold a press conference tomorrow. The press conference will be open to credentialed members of the press and streamed on her Facebook page.

The state of Iowa is developing policies to ensure continued access to child care during this time of emergency, including meals for low income students.

Also today, Gov. Reynolds signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency continuing the proclamation signed on March 9, allowing retailers that sell liquor, beer, wine, carbonated beverages, and other beverages with an Iowa beverage container deposit to stop accepting empty cans and bottles for the duration of this disaster emergency.

On Sunday evening, the CDC updated its mass gathering guidance to postpone for the next 8 weeks any events with 50 or more people.  The goal is to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

COVID-19 was first linked to an outbreak in Wuhan, China, but cases have subsequently been identified in several countries, including the U.S. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Those most at risk of the virus are older adults, and individuals with underlying health conditions.

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8 Responses to Gov. Reynolds recommends Iowa schools close for four weeks, will hold a press conference tomorrow

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    Leo Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2020 at 11:55 am

    If Ms. Reynolds was the first to national step up and lead the way on schooling closure she’d be getting an A. Instead it’s a B-. Always playing it safe and following. But a B- is pretty darn good!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 16, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Hint: That’s what it takes to be President. Expert at assessing risk.

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    mint Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Scapegoat for the dollar crashing, RFB, https://youtu.be/1aoBdUG81SU.

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    mint Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2020 at 7:31 am

    designed to deplete the middle class assets, 401k’s, pensions, lively hoods – will be taken

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    Crypt Keeper Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Good job. But it just might be to little to late. Within 48 hours the world will change as we know it as Americans.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 16, 2020 at 6:01 am

      Yeah like teach kids at home , no more millions of dollars for school buildings or unions.

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        mint Reply Report comment

        March 16, 2020 at 7:26 am

        agree

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 16, 2020 at 8:01 am

        yeah. like you have to be home to teach them. But, those darn teachers I see are posting all sorts of sites where kids can go to keep on learning. We want dumb kids so quit trying to teach them.