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Johnson County to urge governor for an order keeping people home

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) - Johnson County officials plan to write a letter to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, urging her to enact a stricter order to keep Iowans home during the coronavirus outbreak.

"We are going to write a letter to the governor, asking her to consider perhaps doing what some other states have done; which is taking that next step," Board of Supervisors Chair Rod Sullivan said at a Friday afternoon news conference.

County officials spoke earlier this week about instituting their own "shelter-in-place" or "stay-at-home" order to slow the local spread of the virus. However, after a conversation with the county attorney, Sullivan said they do not have the authority to do that.

These orders can vary by state but have been used across the country this month to keep non-essential workers home unless they need something critical like groceries or gasoline.

People like doctors, nurses and those who work in food production or law enforcement have been permitted to keep working.

Johnson County has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa with 58.

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Posted by KWWL on Friday, March 27, 2020
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Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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