Gov. Reynolds working on plans to reopen Iowa’s economy

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JOHNSTON, Iowa (KCAU) – As governors work to keep pork processing plants open, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is working on plans to reopen the economy.

The governor said for the counties with lower positive cases could be opening sooner rather than later.

“You know Iowans are ready to get back to work. They want to be working. But we need to do it a responsible and safe manner and that will be at the forefront of the decisions that we’re making. But I think that 70% of our positive cases are in about eight counties. So we have several, I think it’s about 15 that don’t have any cases whatsoever. We have a significant amount that has 20 or fewer,” said Gov. Reynolds.

The state is gathering data through the new TestIowa program that went live Tuesday and thousands of Iowans have already logged on to the website to complete their online health assessment.

Those assessments help determine if soneone needs to take a COVID-19 test.

For those without access to a computer or the Internet, you can call 211 for more information or you can call the Governor’s office at 515-281-5211.

Reynolds held a news conference on Wednesday from the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston to give an update on COVID-19 in the state. Watch the replay of the press conference below.

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced 107 more cases of COVID-19 along with seven deaths Wednesday morning.

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