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Reynolds creates economic recovery board as next stage in Iowa's COVID-19 response

 Gov. Kim Reynolds talks about the most recent developments in Iowa's COVID-19 response at her last regularly scheduled news conference Thursday morning, June 18, 2020. (WOWT)
Gov. Kim Reynolds talks about the most recent developments in Iowa's COVID-19 response at her last regularly scheduled news conference Thursday morning, June 18, 2020. (WOWT) (WOWT)
Published: Jun. 16, 2020 at 10:23 AM CDT
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Gov. Kim Reynolds and other Iowa officials gave their last regularly scheduled update on the state's COVID-19 cases and response Thursday morning.

Reynolds announced she is launching the Economic Advisory Recovery Board to assess the cost of the pandemic, identify growth efforts, and ensure the future prosperity of Iowa.

The governor said Iowa jobless claims were down 3,000 since the previous week's report, with 50,000 Iowans getting back to work overall. Creating the board was the next stage to recovery, she said.

More sites were announced for Test Iowa. Three new sites include:

Dickinson County at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds Expo Building, 1602 15th St., Spirit Lake, opening June 22.

Dubuque County at the Epic Health and Wellness Clinic, 1075 Cedar Cross Road, Dubuque, opening June 22.

Cass County, Cass County Health System, 1500 East 10th St., Atlantic, opening June 23.

Reynolds said 240,000 Iowans have now been tested for COVID-19, meaning 1 in 13 have been tested. The state's positivity rate is down to 10.3% overall, with yesterday's rate at 5.5%.

Hospitalizations are also trending downward, she said, reporting that 176 hospitalizations in contrast to a report in early May that was over 400. And of the 21 long-term care centers that had reported outbreaks will be 28 days free of COVID-19 by the end of the day tomorrow, Reynolds said.

The governor said the state's COVID-19 website's next update would focus more on recoveries and deaths rather than case numbers.

Reynolds also announced that three more test sites would open next week: Spirit Lake and Dubuque on Monday, and Atlantic at Cass County Health Systems on Tuesday.

Iowa COVID-19 response update

Gov. Kim Reynolds and other Iowa officials give an update on the state's COVID-19 cases and response.

Posted by WOWT 6 News on Thursday, 18 June 2020

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