Iowa Gov. Reynolds gives coronavirus-related updates

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DES MOINES, Iowa (WOWT) -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday afternoon that the government is working to provide ways for families who rely on schools for meals to continue to have meals provided.

Gov. Kim Reynolds gave an update Tuesday morning, March 10, 2020, on coronavirus cases in Iowa and talked about what the state's health experts are doing to identify potential exposure and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. (NBC/WOWT)

Reynolds also said she will sign any legislation passed to waive school time missed for coronavirus-related closings.

She said national labs have begun running test results for Iowa, and that those numbers will be included in the state updates, though the state won't know the status of those tests until that time.

The governor reiterated the president's message of social distancing, and encouraged Iowans to follow the CDC guidelines regarding coronavirus precautions.

Ahead of the conference, Reynolds issued a press release stating assistance for workers and employers impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19 will be available.

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Those who have been laid off because of the virus, or have to stay home to self-isolate, care for family and other factors are candidates to receive unemployment benefits.

The assistance is being handled through Iowa Workforce Development.

Reynolds said Saturday that she did not support canceling school.

On Sunday, she said it was time for schools to stop holding classes after four more cases were confirmed positive for the virus in Iowa.
The new cases bring the total to 22 Iowa residents who have tested positive.

Two of the people who tested positive are residents of Allamakee County. They have recently traveled internationally.

The other two have not traveled and are residents of Johnson and Polk Counties.