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Reynolds travels to DC with other governors

Iowa governor reports to president about Iowa’s progress with COVID-19

May 7, 2020
By Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer , Estherville News

Governor Kim Reynolds was one of five heartland state governors who co-wrote an op-ed Wednesday as they traveled to Washington, DC to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump about their states' response to COVID-19. Because the governor was in Washington, her daily press conference Wednesday was canceled.

Reynolds joined Mark Gordon of Wyoming, Pete Rickets of Nebraska, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, and Mike Parson of Missouri in writing an essay that states, "...we have all kept our states 'open for business' and delivered food and other goods Americans need during this pandemic...Our approach has created a model for success that can be applied throughout the country."

The five governors, contributing to the president's "Reopening America Plan," stated, "We are all using expanded testing, rigorous contact tracing and strong pipelines for PPE to keep people safe in the coming months. Getting this job done the right way will be key to slowing the spread of coronavirus and protecting our nation's health-care system in the long run."

The governors praised the attitudes of their states' residents for the success of their strategies. "The core reasons our states are open for business are the tenacity, grit and heart of our residents. Their clear-eyed, common-sense approach helped keep our states on track and have set us up to come out of this pandemic stronger than ever."

Tuesday, Governor Reynolds highlighted the CARES Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, meant to provide aid for school districts to cover their expenses in moving from face-to-face classes to delivering virtual and online education. The funding can be used for expenses retroactive to March 13, 2020 and must be used by Sept. 22, 2022. The relief comes during Teacher Appreciation Week. Governor Reynolds took a moment to thank "Iowa's Amazing teachers."

With 120 Emmet County residents tested, the county currently has no cases. As of Wednesday, there are 10,404 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 219 Iowans have lost their lives. Across the state, 3,803 patients have recovered.

The governor's office stated Governor Reynolds will resume her press briefings later in the week.



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