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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announces $14 million in CARES funds, adds 20 long-term care facilities to outbreak status

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 11:57 AM CST
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IOWA (KWQC) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday announced $14 million dollars in CARES Act funds will be distributed to long-term care facilities.

The money will be used to assist with the cost of testing and staffing, the governor said.

Reynolds said during a press briefing that an additional 20 long-term care facilities will be reported in an outbreak status Thursday, for a total of 114 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities across the state. A facility moves to outbreak status when three residents in the facility test positive for COVID-19.

She said hospitalizations remain high, however, Reynolds said Wednesday was the first day there was a slight decrease in hospitalized Iowans.

Reynolds also urged Iowans to be mindful of behaviors around the holidays to slow the spread of the virus. This includes wearing masks, social distancing, and not gathering with people outside of your household.

All Test Iowa sites will be closed on Thanksgiving day. They will reopen for testing on Nov. 27.

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