Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds held her Monday press conference at 11 a.m. She announced the state hygienic lab has 1,850 tests available for COVID-19, that 99 Iowans are currently being hospitalized due to the virus as of Sunday evening and that 284 have recovered.
“Iowa’s fight against COVID-19 is real,” Reynolds said. “Last week was especially hard. Unfortunately, we expect this week will be equally if not more difficult.”
Reynolds, who has constantly pushed back against calls for a shelter-in-place order, called on Iowans to continue to do their part in staying home.
“Every Iowans has a responsibility to keep our family, friends and communities safe,” Reynolds said. “Especially our most vulnerable and our healthcare workers, who are serving on the front lines of this crisis. They don’t have the luxury of staying home.”
After announcing additional closures, Reynolds said her proclamations will be enforced, specifically the limitation on social gatherings — less than a week before Easter.
Iowa Department of Public Safety commissioner Stephan Bayens said that law enforcement agencies throughout Iowa are ready to protect and serve.
“This week the governor will issue guidance to local law enforcement officials and police departments throughout the state on their role in enforcing the orders outlined in the various declarations of disaster emergency,” Bayens said. “As the governor mentioned, violating could result in a simple misdemeanor, but worse, your actions may needlessly place Iowans at risk. Law enforcement has no desire to cite or arrest anyone.”
Reynolds said this week is “critical” and once again reminded Iowans to stay home.