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Gov. Kim Reynolds urges Iowans to "double down," slow COVID-19 spread

Posted at 11:04 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 13:21:50-05

JOHNSTON, Iowa. (KMTV) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds held a press conference Tuesday, providing an update on COVID-19 in the state.

On Monday, Gov. Reynolds implemented new restrictions which include an indoor mask mandate.

The governor said the new measures would hopefully make a significant impact in a short amount of time. She urged Iowans to work towards protecting others and that the new measures are necessary if residents want to keep businesses open, kids in school, and keep capacity down at hospitals.

Gov. Reynolds will reassess the measures in a week. She’s hopeful things will get better in the state and stresses for Iowans to come together to stop the spread of the virus.

Additionally, convalescent plasma treatment was mentioned, which is one of the leading treatments in patients suffering from COVID-19.

With patient demand skyrocketing, so is the need for convalescent plasma. Gov. Reynolds encouraged Iowans to donate.

People who donate blood are automatically being tested for COVID-19 antibodies in Iowa.

Gov. Reynolds also said the state isn't seeing many transmissions in classrooms as of now and wants to keep students in schools.

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