Reynolds expands disaster order closures, restrictions

State Hygenic Lab identifies 54 new COVID-19 positives over Saturday and Sunday in Iowa

DES MOINES –   Sunday, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation includes additional mandatory closures, relaxes certain restrictions to promote additional social distancing and provides regulatory relief to Iowa health care industries, among other actions outlined in the proclamation below.

The proclamation closes the following from Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March, 31st, 2020: Salons, medical spas, barbershops, tattoo establishments, tanning facilities, massage therapy establishments, and swimming pools. 

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), 22 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19 have been found for a total of 90 positives in the state. There have been  1,215 negative tests conducted at the State Hygienic Lab to date.

The locations and age ranges of the 22 newly diagnosed individuals include:

  • Cerro Gordo County, 2 adults (18-40 years)
  • Dallas County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Dubuque County, 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years)
  • Harrison County, 2 older adults (61-80 years) 
  • Johnson County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged (41-60 years), 2 older (61-80 years)
  • Kossuth County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Linn County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)
  • Poweshiek County, 1 elderly adult (81 years or older)
  • Scott County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Sioux County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Tama County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Washington County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Woodbury County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)

A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID-19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa will soon begin sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs.

Iowans who have traveled recently for business or spring break vacations, whether internationally or domestically outside of Iowa, should strongly consider self-isolating for 14 days. This will support Iowa’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and limit the introduction of the virus from other points of travel.

Iowa has implemented many provisions to emphasize social distancing, and self-isolation after travel is another measure we can take to slow the spread of the virus and avoid quickly overburdening our healthcare system. 

To assist Iowans further, it suspends all foreclosures on residential, commercial, and agricultural real property. 

The proclamation also provides professional licensing relief to remove barriers who want to step up and serve in medical professions and to prevent the expiration of professional licenses during the disaster.  

To promote further social distancing, the declaration suspends in-person requirements for various activities. 

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