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Gov. Reynolds ‘concerned’ over new mask guidance recommendations

On Tuesday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds released a statement following the Biden...
On Tuesday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds released a statement following the Biden Administration’s announcement on vaccination guidance. NBC News reported earlier on Tuesday the Biden Administration issued new guidance, recommending indoor mask use in areas with high transmission rates. (File)(Kyle Ocker/The Ottumwa Courier via AP, File)
Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 2:34 PM CDT
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Iowa (KWQC) - On Tuesday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds released a statement following the Biden Administration’s announcement on vaccination guidance.

NBC News reported earlier on Tuesday the Biden Administration issued new guidance, recommending indoor mask use in areas with high transmission rates.

“We are still in the midst of a once in a generation pandemic, battling an ever-evolving virus,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “The reality is that we are dealing with a much different strain of this virus than we were even earlier in the spring.”

Governor Reynolds responded to the announcement saying the new guidance concerns her.

“The Biden Administration’s new COVID-19 guidance telling fully vaccinated Iowans to now wear masks is not only counterproductive to our vaccination efforts, but also not grounded in reality or common sense,” Governor Reynolds said in a statement. “I’m concerned that this guidance will be used as a vehicle to mandate masks in states and schools across the country, something I do not support.”

This comes after the CDC also released new recommended guidance on mask-wearing with the rise of cases.

“Citing new information about the ability of the delta variant to spread among vaccinated people, the CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status,” the AP reported.

You can read Governor Reynold’s full statement below.

“Today, Governor Reynolds released the following statement following the Biden Administration issuing new COVID-19 guidance:

“The Biden Administration’s new COVID-19 guidance telling fully vaccinated Iowans to now wear masks is not only counterproductive to our vaccination efforts, but also not grounded in reality or common sense. I’m concerned that this guidance will be used as a vehicle to mandate masks in states and schools across the country, something I do not support.

“The vaccine remains our strongest tool to combat COVID-19, which is why we are going to continue to encourage everyone to get the vaccine.

“I am proud that we recently put new laws in place that will protect Iowans against unnecessary government mandates in our schools and local governments. As I have throughout this pandemic, I trust Iowans to do the right thing.”

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