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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has recommended that schools statewide close for four weeks, in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Reynolds made the recommendation on Sunday, March 15, after learning that there were a total of 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.
“Based on new information today from the Iowa Department of Public Health, now is the time to move to the next level of response,” Reynolds said. “I am now recommending that all Iowa schools close for a period of four weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
She also signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, extending the proclamation signed on March 9, according to a report from KCRG.
On March 17, the Iowa Department of Public Health said there were a total of 29 positive cases of COVID-19.
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.