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This week marked the first week in the month of May. It also meant the reopening of select businesses in counties without high numbers of COVID-19 patients. On Wednesday night, Governor Reynolds issued a new emergency proclamation which made a number of updates:

Dental Offices Allowed to Open Today

The Governor’s latest proclamation (Section 1) allows dental offices throughout the state to resume normal services if they meet certain requirements outlined in the proclamation. Since March 27, dental offices have only been able to perform emergency dental services.

For a dental office to resume, they must follow the Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice adopted by the Iowa Dental Board. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Must have adequate inventories of PPE and access to a supply chain without relying on government assistance
  • Screening all employees at the beginning of their shift for fever and symptoms of COVID-19
  •  Pre-screen all patients for symptoms of COVID-19 and potential exposure in advance of their appointment
  • Avoid aerosol-generating procedures if possible
  • All employees should wear a facemask at all times in the dental setting
  • Follow additional cleaning and disinfecting requirements

Campgrounds Open Statewide

The Governor’s latest proclamation (Section 2) allows campgrounds to reopen beginning today. The Iowa DNR opened state campgrounds today at 8 am to campers with self-contained restrooms only. Self-contained is defined as a tent or pop-up camper with a portable toilet or an RV with a functioning, self-contained bathroom.

Campgrounds have been closed since April 7th for recreational purposes. Cabins and yurts in state parks remain closed.

The DNR has stated that park staff will be closely monitoring these areas to avoid gatherings of groups larger than 10, and has provided the following guidelines:

  • Visitors will not be allowed in the campgrounds, only those occupying campsites
  • Six occupants per campsite, unless immediate family contains more than six
  • Some pit latrines are now open in busier day-use areas
  • All modern restrooms and shower buildings remain closed
  • Communal picnic tables and grills are open
  • Playgrounds, day-use rental lodges and shelter houses remain closed
  • Visitor centers, nature centers, and museums remain closed
  • Beaches are open but will be monitored closely

Click here for the latest information from the DNR.

Author: Dustin Hite