Iowa Gov. Reynolds orders more business closures through April 30

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday ordered the closure of additional businesses and establishments through April 30 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

(KWQC/Flourish)

The businesses include malls, social and fraternal clubs, bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, amusement parks, libraries, museums, zoos, skating rinks and parks, outdoor and indoor playgrounds or children’s play centers, tobacco and vaping stores, race tracks, toy/gaming/music instruments/movie stores, and campgrounds.

The closures are effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

“I know that I've asked a lot of Iowans over the course of the last month,” she said during a press conference. “And today, I'm asking more.”

Reynolds on Monday said 78 more people have tested positive, for a total of 946 in 75 counties.

New cases reported Monday in the Iowa Quad-Cities include:
-Cedar County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
-Clinton County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Dubuque County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
-Henry County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
-Jackson County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
-Louisa County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
-Muscatine County, 5 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
-Scott County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 7 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80), 1 elderly adult (81+)

There have been 10,653 negative cases to-date, the governor said.

Ninety-nine people were hospitalized as of Monday night and 284 have recovered, Reynolds said.

She said three more people have died, for a total of 25 statewide. The new deaths include an older Linn County resident and two elderly adults in Tama.

“We've been anticipating that our numbers of COVID-19 cases would climb and last week we saw that happen,” Reynolds said. “We had an additional 444 cases and most importantly, unfortunately, we had an additional 16 deaths.”

“Unfortunately, we expect this week will be equally, if not more, difficult,” she added.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, more than 10 percent of all positive cases in Iowa are occurring among long-term care staff and residents. More than 40 percent of all deaths in Iowa are associated with outbreaks in long-term care facilities, according to IDPH.

In Linn County alone, 71 of their, their 175 total positive cases are directly related to an outbreak and a single long-term care facility.

She said two additional outbreaks have been identified in long term care facilities in Tama and Washington counties.

Reynolds has not issued a stay-at-home order at this time. Iowa is one of several states across the U.S. that has not issued an order.

Last month, she ordered multiple businesses to close temporarily, recommended schools to close for four weeks, and restricted visitor access at long-term care facilities, among other things.

On Thursday, she ordered all schools across the state to remain closed and extended business closures and suspensions of all non-essential and elective surgical and orthodontic procedures through the end of the month.