Created: March 26, 2020 07:12 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Thursday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said she’ll be expanding upon the public health emergency disaster proclamation currently in place.
“I shouldn’t have to issue an order to say that you need to be responsible and stay home if you’re not sick,” Reynolds said, “We all have a responsibility to take care of everyone."
This announcement comes after 34 new positive COVID-19 cases were announced in Iowa Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 179. A number Reynolds said she's expecting to increase throughout the week due, in part, to an increasing number of tests being performed.
Reynolds also announced she'll extend and expand the closure of all retail and restaurant businesses for an additional week, and that all elective medical procedures will continue to be suspended.
In addition, she's mandating that health insurance companies reimburse health care providers for tele-health visits at the same rate as in-person visits, has ordered all healthcare facilities, including nursing homes, to engage in enhanced health screenings for their staff, and said she'd like to see more self-testing being performed among other businesses which employ essential workers.
She also said her recommendation to close all schools until April 13th still stands.
In addition, Thursday, the state announced that Iowa Workforce Development has paid over $10.6 million towards unemployment claims filed last week in relation to the COVID-19 crisis.
Iowa Workforce Development said a majority of the claims were paid within 7-10 days of their initial filing.
Last week, over 13,000 claims were filed from those in the food service industry, almost 5,000 in health care and 2,600 in education.
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