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Gov. Reynolds: Iowa will close additional non-essential businesses, suspend elective surgeries

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JOHNSTON, Iowa (KTIV) -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced she has expanded the state Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation, extending the closures of businesses by one week and closing additional non-essential businesses.

The proclamation states:

  • Effective at 10 p.m. March 26 bars and restaurant suspensions will be extended another week until April 7th, and additional retail has been ordered to close through April 7th.
    • The additional retail closures include book stores, shoe stores, jewelry, luggage, cosmetics, perfume and beauty supply stores, florists, furniture, and home furnishing stores.
  • 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.

For the full text of the proclamation, click here.

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WATCH LIVE: IA Gov. Reynolds Gives COVID-19 Update

Posted by KTIV News 4 on Thursday, March 26, 2020

JOHNSTON, Iowa (KTIV) -- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will hold a news conference Thursday from the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Johnston, Iowa at 2:30 p.m. to provide an update to the state of Iowa on COVID-19.

KTIV App Users: To watch the news conference on KTIV.com, click here.

Officials say unemployment claims in Iowa rose nearly nineteenfold in Iowa last week as the coronavirus pandemic that inflicted economic pain across the country left entire sectors of the job market in tatters.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported that initial claims for jobless benefits in Iowa surged to 41,890 in the week that ended March 21. That was up from 2,229 the week prior.

Meanwhile, state health officials reported Thursday that there were 34 new cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, which is the state's biggest daily jump yet.

That brings the total Iowa figure to 179, with one death.

Click here to watch Reynolds' news conference on KTIV's Facebook page.

KTIV will also broadcast the news conference on channel 4.1.

Dean Welte

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