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Iowa medical leaders call for statewide mask mandate

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- Several healthcare organizations representing more than 12,000 medical professionals across the state of Iowa are calling on Governor Kim Reynolds to issue a statewide mask mandate.

In a letter sent to Governor Reynolds on Monday, the organizations said ongoing voluntary efforts to flatten the curve and mitigate the spread of the COVID-19, which has infected more than 42,000 Iowans as of Monday evening, “have failed to yield sufficient progress.” That's why they're asking Reynolds to mandate all Iowans aged two and older wear a mask while in public, citing a study from the University of Iowa College of Public Health that found consistent, widespread use of cloth masks “will dramatically slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Medical and health care organizations that joined the Iowa Medical Society in signing the letter include the Iowa Public Health Association, the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Iowa Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners, the Iowa Primary Care Association, the Iowa Pharmacy Association, the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners, the Iowa Nurse Practitioners, and the Iowa Physician Assistants Society, among others. These organizations represent more than 12,000 physicians, clinicians, providers, pharmacists, health care facilities, public health professionals and providers-in-training, according to the letter.

You can read the full letter here:

The Iowa Public Health Association released their own statement last week calling for a statewide mask mandate.

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague issued a proclamation requiring masks in public spaces earlier this month. Teague is the second mayor in the state to issue such an order, following the mayor of Muscatine. Last week, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors followed Iowa City in passing its own face mask mandate, but acknowledged it is not enforceable.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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