Reynolds defends opening businesses as Iowa virus cases grow

Posted at 11:03 AM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 19:22:45-04

DES MOINES, Neb. (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is defending her actions to open restaurants and other businesses in a majority of Iowa counties with few coronavirus cases.

Reynolds says University of Iowa professors who warned reopening business now could cause a second wave of infections were presenting a model that was a snapshot in time.

She says improved testing and mitigation efforts have successfully prevented hospitals from being overwhelmed. Health officials reported 467 new cases Wednesday for a total of more than 6,800 in Iowa.

An additional 12 people died, increasing the total to 148 deaths. 

3 News Now This Morning Anchor Courtney Johns provided live updates via Twitter during Reynolds' news briefing on Wednesday.

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