Iowa governor gives $14M to long-term care homes as COVID-19 cases rise

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Johnston, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she will provide $14 million in federal funds to Iowa’s long-term care centers to help them manage new outbreaks of the coronavirus at the facilities.

The federal virus relief money announced Thursday will pay for additional testing and staffing at the long-term care center.

It comes at a time when Reynolds says another 20 facilities are dealing with outbreaks.

That means about a quarter of the state’s care homes now have outbreaks.

Reynolds also said statewide television, radio and print advertisements are launching soon that are aimed at encouraging people to take steps to slow the spread if the virus, such as wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands.

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