Iowa reporting big jump in coronavirus cases and testing

Governor talks about reopening services in state
Posted at 11:02 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 19:25:27-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — On Friday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and other officials held a coronavirus briefing. Topics included the state's biggest jump in cases, increased testing abilities, an expected peak and opening the state back up.

Reynolds says she's taking initial steps to allow elective surgeries in hospitals and open farmer's markets on the day that new positive coronavirus cases surged by 521 and 11 more people died.

That brings the state's total of positive cases to 4,445 and deaths to 107. Reynolds said she plans on further announcements of a phase one resumption of activity next week. She says 30% of Iowa's positive cases are in manufacturing, which is mostly meatpacking workers. Fifteen percent are health care workers.

Reynolds also put out a call for nurses to work at nursing home as demand at the centers increase.

Reynold's office provided the following proclamation which outlines the opening of farmer's markets, authorizes elective surgeries and extends the state's public emergency:

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