Iowa Covid Restrictions Begin Today As Quad-Cities Cases Soar Towards Top 10 Worst In U.S.
As the rising number of Quad-Cities covid-19 cases put it near the top 10 worst covid hot spots in the United States, and other Iowa communities already fill the top 10, Iowa is enacting a number of mask and social distancing mandates to curb the spread of covid-19.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ proclamation prohibits indoor gatherings of 25 or more people, and outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people, unless mandatory mask procedures are observed. Groups at bars and restaurants are limited to eight people unless everyone is part
of the same household, and individuals must remain seated when eating or drinking.
Religious gatherings are exempt from the proclamation.
With the order comes restrictions on youth and high school sporting events, allowing only two spectators for each youth athlete.
“I continue to strongly encourage all Iowans two or older to wear a mask or other face covering when in public settings, especially in circumstances when it is not possible to remain six feet away from others outside their household, unless it is unsafe to do so because of health or disability,” the proclamation says. “It’s up to all of us to determine if our actions will protect someone or put them at risk,” Reynolds said at a Tuesday press conference. “This is the time when personality responsibility also means personal sacrifice.”
Among metro areas with at least 50,000 people, the Iowa/Illinois Quad-Cities ranks number 13 among the fastest risers, almost doubling its number of cases within the past week, from 1,476 to 2,922.
According to a report in the New York Times today, the daily average of new COVID-19 cases in the country this past week has gone up 64 percent in two weeks, hitting 116,448 today.
Area hospitals are finding themselves being pushed beyond typical capacity and staffers and doctors are feeling the stress.
“We set our previous record high in the last ten days and doubled that in the last week,” said Dr. Kurt Andersen, Senior Vice President for Physician Operations and Chief Medical Officer for Genesis. “Where before in the summer we would be looking at maybe five or ten percent of people who came in with symptoms testing positive, now we’re over 30 percent of people who come in with symptoms testing positive.”
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