(Des Moines) — Governor Kim Reynolds has issued new restrictions in order to attempt to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in Iowa. Reynolds held a news conference Tuesday morning to address the severity of the on-going spreading coronavirus. Reynolds says that on Monday, 1,131 Iowans were hospitalized with the COVID-19 virus. Of that number 89 percent were of the age of 50 and over. Patients that were hospitalized with specific COVID-19 symtoms and conditions accounted for about 15.2 percent of the total state’s hospital census, and patients that tested for COVID-19, but were in the hospital for other health related conditions account for nearly 21 percent of the state’s hospitalizations.
Reynolds says the trends cannot continue as they have, and changes need to occur, and all Iowans need to do what we can to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Reynolds has extended the emergency proclamation for an additional 30 days, and is now calling for additional preventive measures.
The governor then informed the media and the general public of the new restrictions that go into effect at midnight tonight.
Reynolds continues to read the new measures to help slow down the rate of positive cases of COVID-19 and how they will impact school activities, and restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.
Governor Reynolds is extending the provisions to recreational activities, and is also asking businesses to see if additional workforce can conduct the work from home.