First Report Of Covid ‘Associated’ With Iowa House

Des Moines, Iowa — Members of the state legislature were notified Friday night that someone “associated” with the Iowa House had tested positive for COVID.

The notification indicated the person had been in the State Capitol on Wednesday and, although there is not a requirement to do so, the person had been wearing a face covering. The person’s identity or condition isn’t being revealed. Democrats have argued the 2021 legislative session, which began LAST Monday, will become a super spreader event if Republicans in the majority don’t take more steps to stop the spread of the virus. GOP leaders say under the state constitution, they do not have the authority to require that elected officials wear a mask.

The Iowa Legislature did not meet Monday, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Junior holiday.

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