Governor partakes in modified quarantine
DES MOINES — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, who visited the White House last week, is partaking in a modified quarantine after learning a member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff tested positive for COVID-19.
“Although I had no direct contact with her, out of an abundance of caution, I will follow a modified quarantine plan similar to what Dr. Fauci and other White House administration members have announced that they are doing,” Reynolds said.
She said she will continue to have her temperature monitored throughout the day and will be tested daily for the coronavirus.
“I want to assure Iowans that I’m healthy, feeling good and I’m fully focused on leading Iowa’s response to the pandemic on our economic recovery efforts,” Reynolds said.
Test Iowa locations have now expanded to seven locations with Davenport and Ottumwa the latest additions. Other locations are in Sioux City, Denison, Des Moines, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids.
The number of confirmed cases in the state is 12,373 with over 13 percent of those cases coming in Woodbury County which has 1,676. Plymouth County currently has 62 confirmed cases with two hospitalized as of Saturday. Of the state’s total positive cases, over 42 percent have recovered.
Lt. Governor Adam Gregg provided an update on efforts to keep food accessible to Iowans.
“We’ve been focusing on raising the profile of food insecurity issues during the pandemic and especially helping connect those who may find themselves newly food insecure with the resources that are there to help them,” Gregg said.
Gregg is the chair of the Feeding Iowans Task Force which is comprised of representatives from the Iowa Food Bank Association, the Iowa Departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Public Health, Human Services, Education, Aging, Volunteer Iowa, ISU Extension & Outreach, Waverly-Shell Rock United Way, and the governor’s office.
The objective of the Task Force is to obtain a complete picture of the feeding operation across all applicable populations and identify any current or potential future shortfalls or gaps in our ability to continue feeding operations as needed. The task force is meeting this objective through raising awareness of hunger, identifying potential gaps in Iowa's food system, and connecting Iowans with food resources during the pandemic.
One of the efforts of the the Task Force is the Pass the Pork initiative.
“This is the program in which farmers donate pigs which are then processed in local lockers, typically in rural Iowa, and the ground pork is donated to the food banks,” Gregg said. “Through the generosity of Iowans, the Pass the Pork initiative has already exceeded over $100,000 in donations which helps pay for the processing, storage and distribution of the pork.”
Gregg said more information on resources for food insecurity as well as the Pass the Pork initiative can be found at www.coronavirus.iowa.gov.