Des Moines, Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds’ staff says the governor plans to hold news conferences every weekday through the duration of the pandemic crisis. The tentative time each day will be 2:30 p.m., unless circumstances warrant scheduling for a different time. The governor’s staff says Reynolds does not plan to hold news conferences on Saturdays, but is likely to hold one on Sunday afternoons.
As of late morning Wednesday (3-25-20), the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 21 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 145 positive cases. There have been a total of 2,578 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.
According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 21 individuals include:
Allamakee County 1 middle-aged adults (41-60 years)
Benton County, 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years)
Hancock County, 1 middle-aged adults (41-60 years)
Johnson County, 4 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Linn County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
Muscatine County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Polk County, 3 older adults (61-80 years)
Poweshiek County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Scott County, 2 middle-aged (41-60 years)
Washington County, 2 adults (18-40 years)
A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.
Gov. Reynolds will hold a press conference today at 2:30 p.m. The press conference will be livestreamed and posted in full on Governor Reynolds’ Facebook Page.