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Gov. Kim Reynolds to hold Sunday news conference


Health care workers learn how to don and doff protective gear to prepare for the Coronavirus, held at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck on 02/24/20. Video by Mitsu Yasukawa.


Gov. Kim Reynolds will hold a news conference Sunday afternoon to update Iowans on the COVID-19 pandemic in Iowa.

“Our everyday routines need to change to keep our distance from other people, all in the name of slowing the spread of COVID-19,” Reynolds said at another news conference. She will hold daily public briefings beginning Monday.

Sunday’s news conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. You’ll be able to watch live here and on our YouTube channel.

Half of Iowa’s 90 positive cases were announced this weekend. COVID-19 is now in 24 counties. 

On Sunday, 22 new Iowans had tested positive for the disease. On Saturday, Iowa saw its largest single-day increase with 23 new cases. 

The number of positive tests worldwide climbed past 311,000, and the virus has been responsible for more than 13,000 deaths to date. Every state in the U.S. had recorded at least one case, as had more than 160 countries.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has twice said she is not considering a “shelter-in-place” order that would limit all nonessential movement in Iowa. She has, however, asked any Iowan who has traveled for business or spring break — domestically or internationally — to “strongly consider” self-isolating for 14 days to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The governor has also ordered the closure of many venues where people congregate and recommended schools close for weeks.

On Saturday, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie has asked residents to voluntarily stay home — only leaving for essential items like groceries, medicine and health care — for at least two weeks to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus in Iowa’s capital city.


Cownie has also waived all enforcement at downtown parking meters, recognizing that residents in that area are likely parking on city streets as they work from home or have been laid off.

“Quite frankly we think that one of the best things to do is to urge our residents to stay home, stay healthy and let’s flatten out the curve and hopefully contain this pandemic,” he said Saturday. “But I think my first responsibility is to try to ensure the public safety of our residents and, quite frankly, our city employees.”

Cownie said the decision was made after consulting mayors from across the country who are considering or have implemented similar measures.


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