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Iowa governor – ‘We can’t let COVID-19 dominate our lives’

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JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) -- Amid surging virus case numbers in Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds is evoking President Donald Trump in saying, "We can't let COVID-19 dominate our lives."

During a news conference Wednesday, Reynolds acknowledged Iowa is seeing surging numbers of coronavirus cases and record hospitalizations, but she says the health care system can handle the increase and no further action is needed to reduce infections.

Reynolds stated she must balance safety precautions against moves to open businesses, schools and return to normal life.

There were 444 people being treated for the coronavirus in hospitals as of Wednesday morning, and in the past 24 hours the state had 919 new confirmed positive cases and 15 more deaths.

Despite the increases, Reynolds said hospitals have reported they are equipped to handle the surge.

She emphasized that everyone needed to take personal responsibility, including wearing masks when possible, washing their hands and observing social distancing.

Watch Reynolds' news conference from Wednesday here.

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