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Governor Reynolds’ Open Letter to Iowans on COVID19: We’re all in this together

This news story was published on August 7, 2020.
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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds released the following open letter to the state of Iowa:

Tomorrow marks five months since we learned of the first positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. Since then, our lives have been disrupted in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Schools and businesses closed. A record number of Iowans were suddenly out of work. And our normal daily routines were turned upside down as we prioritized doing things differently to mitigate the spread of the virus.

From the start, we’ve each had a role to play to protect our own health, and that of our families, friends and fellow Iowans.

Early on, as cases were on the rise, Iowans dug deep and did their part. And it made a difference. Positive cases trended down, hospital capacity remained stable, businesses began to reopen and life started to feel a bit more normal.

But normal during a pandemic isn’t the same normal as before. COVID-19 is still a reality, and circumstances still demand we do everything within our control to contain and manage it.

Over the last several weeks, we’ve seen case counts ebb and flow, just as many other states across the nation have. And while we know that the majority of them are driven by young adults gathering socially, it’s the unintended consequences of those activities that are cause for concern. Especially the potential impact to vulnerable Iowans.

Now is not the time to let our guard down.

Iowa has a lot to gain by working together to keep our communities healthy. Especially now, as we’re preparing to safely return to school.

Our individual actions will either keep us moving forward, or put the progress we’ve made at risk.

Preventive health measures are still the best defense against COVID-19. Wash your hands often and disinfect frequently used items. When you’re in public, maintain social distance and wear a face mask if you’re able. Stay home if you’re sick. And please… carefully consider whether certain social or recreational activities are worth the risk.

Just as importantly, if you or someone you were in close contact with tests positive for COVID-19 and you’re told to quarantine, take it seriously. You have the ability to effectively stop the spread of the virus by isolating yourself from others during the full 14-day incubation period.

These sacrifices seem small when compared to what’s been asked of other generations of Iowans and Americans over the decades, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

COVID-19 has tested each of us, and it will continue to. But we can’t let it deter or divide us.

When emotions are high and opinions are strong, it’s important to take a step back and realize that we’re all working toward the same goal.

And even though we may not always agree on which path to take to get there, we are united in our desire to get back to the way of life we value as Iowans.

We’re all in this together.

-Governor Kim Reynolds

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11 Responses to Governor Reynolds’ Open Letter to Iowans on COVID19: We’re all in this together

  1. mint Reply Report comment

    August 10, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    I am not in on any plandemic/event 201, academic, hoax, psyop, mass ritual, medical tyranny, Agenda21/Agenda 30, collective speak is for the ignorant. no sale

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 10, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I hate the phrase “we are all in this together.” We may all be in the same storm, but there is a huge difference in our boats. Not everyone is being impacted in the same way. I just think it is odd that those of us still working will have payroll taxes deferred (because we all have the willpower to make sure we put those dollars in savings so that in February when the whole back amount is taken out of our paycheck we will be ok); if I’m still working, I’m relatively ok.

  3. Joey Reply Report comment

    August 10, 2020 at 1:30 am

    So, if it is to be believed there will be no more Federal & Social Security taxes taken out of your check till 4/21. If you make less than $100,000 you will not have these taxes taken out. Which would be in the $1000’s for high earners. Way more than any stimulus check over time. Retro to July 1, 2020 too! So people will be flushed with cash. Fat checks!!! Send the stimulus check too. As for those greedy politicians this is a GUT punch. HaHaHa

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 10, 2020 at 7:32 am

      You will have to pay back the money next year the way it is written. The tax is deferred. It also is trump’s way of defunding Social Security. Have you noticed he hasn’t said anything about that fact?

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 9, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Governor Walz is making $430 million available to school districts and charter schools to help them prepare for the 2020-21 school year. These funds can be used to cover operational costs (ex: cleaning and screen supplies, technology, Wi-Fi, and mental health supports) and support to boost student, family, and educator support (ex: digital training, tutors, translation services, professional development). On July 22, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-81 requiring face coverings in all indoor public spaces in Minnesota, including K-12 school buildings.
    Iowa: Requiring face coverings for all staff and students is not recommended. Allow the personal use of cloth face coverings by staff and students. Teach and reinforce the prevention of stigma associated
    with the use or non-use of facial coverings to support a respectful, inclusive, and supportive school environment.
    There is a big difference in the way the schools are opening. Covid Kim wants districts to do what they think is best for their school unless it contradicts what she thinks is best.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 9, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Gov Reynolds is making $0 available to Iowa schools to help re-open.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 10, 2020 at 10:50 pm

      a criminal? Ha hs. Covid Kim is pretty much doingthe opposite of what he says. I guess we will find out.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 11, 2020 at 11:52 am

        Well congratulations on you being a full tard.

        Approval of Gov. Reynolds handling of corona virus is worst in nation.
        Reynolds joins the governors of Arizona, Georgia, and Missouri in having lower approval ratings
        for pandemic handling than the president, with 29% of Iowans approving of Trump’s job at it so far.
        Reynolds is at 27%

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 11, 2020 at 1:02 pm

        She has handled it better only in your ravaged mind.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 7, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    And while we know that the majority of them are driven by young adults

    is this why she is opebing schools and making them go. look at the states that have opened prior to us, cases in the “young” are going up

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 9, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Minnesota is also opening there schools so quit your crying.