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Iowa Governor explains decision making process amid health crisis

JOHNSTON, Iowa (KWWL) -- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds offered more insight into her decision making process regarding policies prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For several days, Reynolds has defended her decision to not place Iowans under a shelter-in-place order, saying that the steps Iowa has already taken help curb the spread.

"I would say what else are we doing by that except for potentially disrupting the supply chain, putting additional pressure on the essential workforce. And making sure we are considering how we bring that back up. What's the benefit from taking that additional step?" Governor Reynolds said.

In her explanation, Reynolds said the state was following 4 metrics, set by the Iowa Department of Public Heatlh, that help determine their decisions.

  • % of Iowans over the age of 65
  • % of positive cases requiring hospitalization
  • Rate of infection over the past 14 days
  • Number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities

Five cases from within 4 long-term care facilities were confirmed Wednesday.

Nearly 20 other states have statewide orders for shelter-in-place or something similar amid the outbreak. Those states aren't on a lock down though. Residents are still able to leave for essential trips such as groceries, doctors appointments, work, etc.

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Taylor Vessel

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