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Reynolds says state test sites will be closing but other announced

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
Posted at 11:02 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 13:22:24-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) — On Friday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and other officials held a coronavirus briefing.

Governor Reynolds started things off by thanking healthcare professionals across the state for work they’ve done during the pandemic and how they’ve had to adapt and rise to challenges.

She said nearly 1,600 TestIowa appointments have been made today, across the state, after testing was extended to anyone who wanted it, not just those who were placed in a priority category.

A state test site will be closing today. The site in Sioux City will end testing at 6 p.m. this evening. Next week, TestIowa sites will be opening in Burlington, Marshalltown, Council Bluffs and Sioux Center.

The Medical Director of Iowa’s Department of Public Health Dr. Caitlin Pedati said there have not been any additional reports of the inflammatory syndrome linked to coronavirus is kids. She said the state is still asking healthcare providers to report any instances of the syndrome.

When asked about resuming collections of bottles and cans for recycling, Reynolds said the order barring collections will expire next week but it will probably be extended.

Officials also said about 57% of coronavirus-related deaths in the state have been at long-term care facilities.

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