COVID-19 numbers grow, Reynolds closes salons & barber shops

Also loosens licensing regs for healthcare providers

Twenty-two cases of COVID-19 have been added to the roster of known cases since Saturday, reported Gov Kim Reynolds at a Sunday afternoon press conference.

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 22 individuals include:
Cerro Gordo County, 2 adults (18-40 years)
Dallas County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Dubuque County, 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years)
Harrison County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)
Johnson County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged (41-60 years), 2 older (61-80 years)
Kossuth County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
Linn County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years)
Poweshiek County, 1 elderly adult (81 years or older)
Scott County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
Sioux County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
Tama County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
Washington County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
Woodbury County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)

Reynolds announced she has added mandatory closures to the declaration of public health emergency. Effective  March 22 at 10 pm all salons, medical spas, barbershops, tattoo establishments, tanning facilities, massage therapy establishments and swimming pools are closed at least until March 31 at 11:59 pm.

Reynolds by proclamation suspended all foreclosures on residential, commercial and agricultural real property. She also loosened many of the regulations on licensing for healthcare providers, making it easier for persons who have completed training but are in the process of being licensed to start work. Additionally, persons now working in the healthcare field but whose licenses expire soon will be granted extensions.

She also loosened up licensing requirements for physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and physician assistants. Persons who have completed sufficient education in those fields but have not yet obtained an initial license can be granted an emergency license. Pharmacists whose licenses have lapsed within the past five years and pharmacy technicians who are unable to test to renew their licenses due to testing locations being closed can continue to work through the duration of the public health disaster proclamation.

Persons no longer have to be present for some documents to be notarized, and persons who are required by the courts to complete drinking drivers instructional courses may do the course online rather than in person.

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