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This coronavirus pandemic is far from over, even as we slowly start to reclaim parts of our former lives. We are more than ready to forget about some experiences: shaggy hair, face masks, empty store shelves, seeing loved ones only through a video screen. We’re tired of the inconveniences, the disappointments. We’re sad for those who have encountered true hardships: layoffs, illness or the unthinkable loss of a loved one. more
The Iowa Legislature also is scheduled to resume session on June 3. Similar to other openings across the state, this session will be done with additional precautions to keep legislators, staff, and the public safe. Social distancing in the building is recommended and face masks will be available to those who want one. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up, and while the building will be opened back up to the public, tour groups will be prohibited. Like many across the state, we are eager to get back to work and are doing whatever we can to ensure the safety of everyone in the building while finishing the work we were elected to do. more
About two months ago, the Iowa Legislature suspended its session as a precaution to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Prior to doing so, lawmakers passed a bipartisan plan that stabilized the state budget, ensured the continuation of essential government services, and provided Gov. Reynolds with additional tools to manage the disease outbreak. more
As the focus has shifted to reopening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Kim Reynolds and her administration have placed an ever-growing share of responsibility on Iowans to make their own decisions about their safety. more
Almost two months ago, the governor issued the first emergency proclamation limiting social gatherings and closing facilities such as restaurants, gyms and casinos. Schools were closed for the remainder of the school year, and workplaces were encouraged to have their employees work from home when possible. The point of these measures was to limit the number of places people could congregate close together in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus in our state. In slowing the spread of the virus, the health care system would not be overwhelmed, and it would ensure resources would be available for those people who needed care. more
If an email, a report, or other document is composed, received, or stored on a personally owned cell phone, tablet, laptop, or other electronic device while a government employee is working remotely, is that a public record under Chapter 22? more
Gov. Reynolds’ plan to reopen Iowa is smart and responsible. more
Throughout this pandemic, the governor has been working to strike a balance between protecting Iowans and keeping as much of our state working as possible. more
Iowa has not reached the peak for COVID-19 cases. An expansive, $26-million testing program recommended by a popular actor is just getting started. Outbreaks are continuing to spread in nursing homes and packing plants. And hospitals continue to raise alarms about shortages of personal protective equipment for health care workers. more
Iowans are wondering when it will be safe and responsible to resume normal activities and rebuild the economy after so many temporary closures. Last week Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new website to give Iowans better access to testing, and give public health officials a better idea of how Iowa is progressing through the pandemic. It helps the governor make decisions on what is safe to reopen and what needs to remain closed for a longer period of time. more
"We strongly believe that local newspapers and broadcasters play an integral role during the COVID-19 pandemic and making sure that stations are able to continue operating during this time is critical ..." more
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