Reynolds expands Test Iowa

Thursday, May 21, 2020

DES MOINES Iowans can look forward to more options for entertainment starting Friday, along with a June 1 opening for school activities and high school baseball and softball practices in preparation for games.

At Thursday's press conference, Reynolds announced the Test Iowa program is being expanded and will now be open to anyone who thinks they should be tested. It had previously been expanded to allow essential workers to take the assessment for testing.

"We will be opening the criteria so that anyone who thinks they should be tested can be. This is especially important as more Iowans are returning to work," Reynolds said.

Any who feel they need to be tested can go to TestIowa.com and take the assessment. That change for the website was to be completed by late Thursday.

Reynolds said the openings announced Wednesday will bring life in Iowa a little normal.

"I know that many parents and youth athletes are also eager to resume summer sports. High school athletics was the logical place to start the process of bringing athletics back in season," she said.

"Yesterday (Wednesday), I announced that restrictions will be eased for more businesses and some activities that we all enjoy like camping, swimming and going to a movie. But perhaps the most anticipated of all was the school sponsored activities that will be permitted to resume," Reynolds said.

"Closing Iowa's schools through the end of the normal school year was one of the toughest decisions I've made these last 11 weeks. For me, nothing signifies getting life back to normal more than getting our kids reconnected to their schools."

She commended all those who kept students on a path of learning going forward since March.

"While this was uncharted territory for students and teachers alike, they stepped out of the normal and into different. And that's been a learning experience they won't soon forget," she added.

"Iowa is continuing to move forward. Gradually we are beginning to step back into life as normal. Things aren't exactly the same as they were, but it feels familiar and that's a welcome change. The reality is things will need to be different for a while," Reynolds said. "COVID-19 can't be eliminated, we can't keep people from getting it, but it can be managed. If we all continue to take personal responsibility and do the right things to protect the health and health of others.

"Normal will look and feel different, but I believe we will discover that different will look and feel pretty good," she added.

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