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At her Monday morning (April 6) press conference, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the forced closure of several more businesses, including malls, social clubs, zoos, race tracks, movie stores, campgrounds and more. (We will post a full list when received.)

The Governor is anticipating even more cases of COVID-19 to come out this week. Numbers released during the press conference include 444 additional cases last week, 16 more deaths (25 thus far in Iowa) and the virus has now reached 96 of 99 counties. Marion County had its first case reported over the weekend. There have also been 10,643 tests done that have come back negative and 480 people have recovered.

A spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety reports that law enforcement stands ready to protect and serve. Violations of the Governor’s order could result in simple misdemeanor charges if one’s actions “needlessly puts Iowans at risk.”

Charges will not immediately be filed, as law enforcement will take steps to educate people about what they are doing wrong. Law enforcement encourages everyone to comply with the orders and be responsible. Gov. Reynolds has faith in Iowans that there will be little need for charges.

“I believe Iowans care about doing what is right for the greater good,” Reynolds said.

COVID-19 continues to hit those age 60 and older the hardest. Most of Iowa’s deaths are tied to long-term care facilities. When reports come out regarding an outbreak of COVID-19 at a facility, that means at least three residents have tested positive.

Reynolds has been working with Iowa’s over 440 long-term care facilities to protect residents and staff. Facility employees who become ill are sent home, ill residents are isolated and staff is encouraged to wear masks and aprons when the equipment is available.

As for the rest of us, Reynolds continued to push the message of “stay home”.

“You only need to go out for essential reasons,” Reynolds said. Everyone should assume that COVID-19 germs are floating everywhere in Iowa.

With more businesses closed, concern for the economy increases. Reynolds reports that Iowa Economic Development Director Debi Durham and her team reviewed applications for small business grants over the weekend. More information regarding that program should be released in the days to come.

The Governor’s press conferences will continued to be held Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. They can be viewed on her Facebook page. The Tribune will continue to keep you posted as information becomes available.

The full press release from the governor, which came out after the conference, is below.

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 78 additional positive cases for a total of 946 positive cases. There have been an additional 680 negative tests for a total of 10,653 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, an additional 3 deaths were also reported:

Linn County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Tama County, 2 elderly adults (81+)
According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 78 individuals include:

Allamakee County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Benton County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Cedar County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Cerro Gordo County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Chickasaw County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Clinton County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Crawford County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Dubuque County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Franklin County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Henry County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Jackson County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Johnson County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Linn County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 6 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
Louisa County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Marion County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Marshall County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Muscatine County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Page County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
Polk County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Pottawattamie County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Scott County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 7 middle age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80), 1 elderly adult (81+)
Tama County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80), 3 elderly adults (81+)
Wapello County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Warren County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80)
Winnebago County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)
A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.