JOHNSTON, Iowa (KWWL) -- Governor Reynolds held her press conference today, where she expanded upon the Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation, extending the closures of businesses by one week.
- Effective at 10 p.m. today (March 26) bars and restaurant suspensions will be extended another week until April 7th, and additional retail have been ordered to close through April 7th.
- The additional retail includes: book stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, jewelry, luggage, cosmetic, perfume and beauty supply stores, florists, furniture, and home furnishing stores
- Recreational establishments, including, fitness centers, swimming pools, theaters, mass gatherings, casinos, and gaming centers will remain closed until April 7th.
- Cosmetology establishments, including salons, barbershops, spas, massage therapists, tattoo parlors and tanning facilities will remain closed until April 7th.
- Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures that can be delayed are suspended
- All elective dental procedures are suspended, with the exception of emergency procedures
- Gov. Reynolds is encouraging the use of telehealth services to screen and treat individuals
- Health insurance companies will reimburse providers for telehealth visits at the same rate as in-person visits
- Health care facilities including nursing homes will engage in enhanced staff health screenings
- Schools are still recommended to remain closed until April 13
Reynolds also mentioned the latest COVID-19 case numbers as of today:
- 34 new cases today, for a total of 179 positive cases
- 397 new negative cases today, for a total of 2,975 negative cases in Iowa
- 31 hospitalized as of last night
- test available for individuals through the State Hygenic Lab: 891
- Iowa National Guard is conducting 23 missions today to deliver Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to 23 counties; since start of the week critical PPE supplies have been delivered to 53 counties.