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GOV. REYNOLDS: Extension and expansion of business closures, elective surgeries suspended

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.

Read the full release from the Governor's office here and watch her full conference here:

WATCH: 3/26 Gov. Reynolds COVID-19 press conference

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Posted by KWWL on Thursday, March 26, 2020

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