Reynolds: National Guard distributing PPEs in Iowa; no plans for 'shelter-in-place' order

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DES MOINES, Iowa (WOWT) -- Following the news of 21 new cases and the state's first death due to coronavirus, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state officials will give an update this afternoon on the Iowa's COVID-19 response.


In her news conference at 2:30 p.m., Reynolds said she is satisfied with the steps the state is taking to urge residents to stay home and has no plans yet to issue a shelter-in-place order.

She reported that 23 people are hospitalized, and the National Guard brought personal protective equipment, or PPEs, in 26 missions Tuesday and 23 more Wednesday. They are now distributing the equipment: gowns, gloves, swabs, test kits, ventilators, etc.

Iowa has the capacity to run 1,270 tests at the moment via the State Hygenics Lab. So far, there is a 6% positivity rate in Iowa, the governor said, compared to a national rate of 10%.

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