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Reynolds shares latest on coronavirus, primary and protests in Iowa

Posted at 11:04 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 13:31:05-04

DES MOINES, Neb. (KMTV) — On Tuesday, Governor Reynolds spoke about the protests going on in the state of Iowa, today's primary and the coronavirus.

Governor Reynolds thanked everyone who exercised their right to protest in a peaceful way but said breaking the law will not be tolerated. With a lot of people gathering at these protests, many without masks, a reporter asked the governor what she's doing to monitor possible outbreaks caused by this and the state reopening.

She said they will continue to look at the data and are prepared to relocate TestIowa sites where outbreaks may pop up.

Two of the most recent outbreaks are in Crawford and Buena Vista counties. Reynolds says since setting up sites, these two counties have a combined total of more than 1,000 cases. Per capita, she says one in nine residents in Crawford county has been tested and one out of four residents has been tested in Buena Vista county.

Looking at coronavirus by the numbers, Iowa just passed 20,000 total confirmed coronavirus cases. The state is reporting 21 new deaths and more than 11,600 people are listed as recovered.

With all of this going on, the state legislature is starting up tomorrow and there is a primary today. While some cities have issued curfews due to the protests, the governor says this will not impact the primary.

3 News Now This Morning Anchor Courtney John provided live updates via Twitter:

Watch below.

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