Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has extended Iowa’s public health emergency proclamation for another 30 days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but she modified it to allow all team athletic activities.

The proclamation continues the Public Health Disaster Emergency, and the suspension of many regulations, such as expiration dates for professional licensing, and keeps in place 6-foot social distancing requirements for businesses and organizations that are hubs for gatherings and activities. The latest proclamation is in effect until 11:59 p.m. July 25, unless canceled or modified beforehand.

It acknowledges that some team sports would break the 6-foot social distancing requirement, but requires organizers to implement “reasonable measures” to promote social distancing and other mitigation strategies. 

The extension comes a few weeks following her notice relaxing some of Iowa’s restrictions allowing many businesses to reopen, and after lifting the 50 percent capacity requirement on businesses and venues, though the social distancing requirement has remained in place.

Reynolds described the proclamation as “actively managing COVID-19 in Iowa.” State officials are monitoring virus activity and the state’s response daily, she said. The Governor also highlighted heightened testing capacity, including Test Iowa cracking its 3,000 tests-per-day incentive and contact tracing efforts as tools for helping the state return to normalcy. 

“Every Iowan has a stake in the health of our state,” Reynolds said. “We must all continue to do our part to keep the virus contained and manageable even as we return to more of our everyday activities.”

The full proclamation is online at: governor.iowa.gov.

COVID-19 cases in area

According to Winneshiek County Public Health Nurse Krista Vande Brink, there are three new positive cases of COVID-19 in Winneshiek County. The new cases bring the total cases reported in the county to 27, with 24 of those infected having recovered.

The number of COVID-19 cases also have increased in neighboring counties in recent days.

In Allamakee County, there have been 123 cases, and 90 recoveries. Howard County reports 21 cases and 10 recoveries. Chickasaw County reports 25 cases and 18 recoveries. Fayette County has 32 cases reported, with 28 recoveries; and Clayton County totals are listed at 39 cases, with 31 recoveries.

Data is available online at coronavirus.iowa.gov. The public hotline is 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431.