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Governor Reynolds Ending COVID Public Health Emergency

Nearly two years after COVID began, Governor Kim Reynolds is calling an end to the coronavirus public health emergency.

It’s a move that will limit the release of state public health data, but reflects the governor’s long-held belief that it’s time to move on from pandemic restrictions. 

Reynolds said in a statement Thursday that the state cannot treat COVID-19 as a public health emergency indefinitely. The public health emergency will end just before midnight on February 15th.

Iowa Department of Public Health Director Kelly Garcia says the state will report COVID-19 data similar to other respiratory viruses by providing weekly updates on its website of positive tests, cases by county and deaths since March 2020. 

Information about how many Iowans are fully vaccinated also will be provided.

 

story courtesy of AP; photo courtesy of Governor Reynolds’ Office

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