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Black Hawk County Sheriff says “shelter-in-place” order more likely from the state

BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) -- At the county's daily news briefing, Sheriff Tony Thompson addressed the idea that the county could issue a shelter-in-place order.

Thompson said, as of Tuesday, there were "loose" discussions that focused more on "what if" scenarios rather than actual action. The sheriff said such a move was more likely to be driven by the state, rather than the county.

"As a law enforcement officer, we don't want to be a militant state. We don't want martial law. That's not the way things should be," Thompson said. He said the idea was brought forth at the county's Board of Supervisors meeting earlier that day.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has said that such a move was not on the table currently. Sixteen states across the US have a similar statewide order in place.

Black Hawk County recorded 1 more COVID-19 case Tuesday. It's said to be a person between the ages of 41 and 60 who contracted the illness while traveling. The Black Hawk County Public Health Director, Dr Nafissa Cisse Egbuonye, said this latest case is not connected to the first positive case in the county, unlike the previous two cases. So far, no community spread has been identified in the county.

More information regarding Black Hawk County can be found here.

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