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Six COVID-19 cases in Emmet County

Gov. Reynolds allows movie theaters, bars, schools-sponsored activities to open

May 20, 2020
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

The Emmet County Department of Health reported four new cases of COVID-19 for a total of six cases with one patient recovered. Of the four new cases reported Wednesday morning, two individuals are 18-40 years of age, and two are 41-60 years of age. Tuesday morning, the second case in Emmet County was reported, an older adult aged 61-80.

As of Wednesday, 1,131 Emmet County residents had completed the Test Iowa Assessment at Test The vast majority of these tests have been taken by individuals aged 41-60 (44%) with 28% aged 18-40.

In her press conference Wednesday morning, Governor Reynolds provided a timeline for more of the state to reopen. Tomorrow, Friday, May 22, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums and wedding reception venues will be allowed to reopen on a trial basis, with the proclamation expiring May 27, 2020.

Donna Handeland, manager of Estherville's Grand 3 Theatre, declined to comment to the Estherville News until further information was available. Handeland said numerous elements will have to be in place, including booking movies, before the theater could open. The Grand 3 has been offering popcorn and treats curbside on weekend nights since the closings began.

Swimming pools will also be allowed to reopen May 22 for lap swimming and lessons with proper health precautions. The Regional Wellness Center staff said an announcement on lap swim will be released this afternoon (Thursday).

Bars will also be allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity starting next Thursday, May 28, under the same public health measures as restaurants. This does not include casinos, Gov. Reynolds said Wednesday.

June 1, the first practices will be allowed to go out for high school baseball and softball, and officials are working on a plan to bring back youth sports for summer. June 1 is also the date schools can resume school-sponsored activities and learning. The governor stated there will be more information on school openings at today's news conference.

Iowa State Parks will also reopen restrooms, showers and cabins May 22, but youth campgrounds, lodges, playgrounds and visitors centers remain closed.

Auctions may start again, limited to 25 people indoors and, with proper precautions, including each group or individual attending alone maintaining a distance of six feet apart.

"I believe that Iowans are willing to continue to do their part as well so that businesses and entertainment and activities can resume again, even if the rules of engagement are different for now," Reynolds said.



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