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Gov. Reynolds issues stricter mitigation orders for much of northeast Iowa, gatherings limited to family

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JOHNSTON, Iowa (WHO-TV) — Governor Reynolds has issued stricter mitigation steps for 'Region 6' of Iowa, which includes much of northeast Iowa.

The latest numbers show Iowa’s Regional Medical Coordination Center region #6 has reached the threshold at which the governor had previously said she would consider a stay at home order.

"Effective at 11:59 p.m. tonight, all gatherings will cease through April 30," the governor said in her daily briefing. "You may gather only with members of your immediate household."

The order affects Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn and Winneshiek counties, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

"Residents of Region 6 and all other Iowans should take personal responsibility and stay home as much as possible," Reynolds said. "COVID-19 is now part of our life, but it will not always dictate how we live."

The region has reached a score of 10 on the assessment scale. Gov. Kim Reynolds had previously said that she would consider issuing a stay at home order for regions that had reached 10.

During her Thursday morning news conference, Gov. Reynolds did not implement a stay at home or shelter in place order, but did outline some additional mitigation efforts for Region #6.

They include:

  • Canceling all social gatherings for the counties included in the region. Limited exceptions will be made for funerals, weddings, and other religious services.
  • Gov. Reynolds also said people should not be gathering with anyone outside of their immediate household and should limit leaving their residences for essential reasons only, like grocery shopping or medical appointments.
  • The governor also called on employers to provide, if possible, employees the chance to work from home. And if that’s not possible, she said they should take all precautions to protect the health and safety of workers.
  • People are again being asked to take personal responsibility and “make every reasonable effort” to remain six feet away from others.

The new mitigation efforts for Region 6 go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Thursday and will be in place until April 30th.

That number for Region 6 was reached with data comprising of:

  • hospitalized COVID-19 patients
  • COVID-19 patients admitted in the last 24 hours
  • COVID-19 patients in the ICU
  • COVID-19 patients on ventilators
  • total inpatient beds
  • total ICU beds available
  • available ventilators

The newest numbers include testing up through Wednesday and show there are 146 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and seven new deaths. The number of deaths in Iowa attributed to COVID-19 now stands at 60.

The IDPH has not yet released the location or age of the people who most-recently tested positive for COVID-19.

You can find the whole proclamation from Governor Reynolds here.

This story is from KWWL affiliate WHO-TV

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