DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, initiating the disaster response and recovery aspects of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management's Iowa Emergency Response Plan. The proclamation permits state agencies to apply resources including personnel, equipment and facilities to carry out activities needed to prevent, contain and lessen the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
Testing at Iowa's State Hygienic Laboratory has shown five additional presumptive positive case of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa residents. This brings the total to 8 presumptive positive cases, all related to travel. All are recuperating at home in isolation.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has stated that individuals in four of the new cases reside in Johnson County were all older adults (61-80 years). They were on the same Egyptian cruise as the last three presumptive positive cases. The remaining individual (middle-aged adult, 41-60 years) lives in Pottawattamie County and recently went to California. Testing for the Pottawattamie case was performed in Nebraska.
Governor Reynolds will be holding her weekly press conference on Tuesday, March 10th at 10:30 a.m. to provide an update to the state of Iowa. The press conference is open to credentialed members of the media and will be livestreamed on: https://www.facebook.com/IAGovernor/
A status report of monitoring and testing COVID-19 in Iowa provided by IDPH 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.
Iowans can help prevent the spread of illness by following simple daily precaution including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when sick.