Iowa governor: Economic health just as important as public health

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'Consequences of keeping businesses closed could have even greater impact than virus itself'

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced some changes to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 website Monday while continuing to shift the state’s focus to “the recovery phase.”

“We’re at a point where we can and must strike a balance between managing virus activity for the long term and getting our economy up and running again,” Reynolds said. “It’s not a matter of prioritizing one over the other. It’s about prioritizing both. The long-term consequences of keeping businesses closed are far-reaching and could have an even greater impact on Iowans than the virus itself.”

With four more COVID-19 deaths announced Monday, Iowa’s total now sits at 355. The state has 14,955 positive cases, 7,324 recovered and 103,148 Iowans tested, for a rate of 1 in 31 residents.

The state’s website — — will now display updates in real time.

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