During the first days of April, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced a number of changes to state policy regarding the Covid-19 outbreak.

  She said on April 2 that schools and businesses previously closed will remain closed through April 30. Earlier it was thought schools might open April 13, but this will not happen now.

  The order means theaters, restaurants, bars, churches, tanning salons, beauty shops, clothing and shoe stores, florists, etc. will remain closed. Take-out and drive-up food will still be available.

  On April 6, the governor expanded the closings to malls, zoos, playgrounds, bingo halls, arcades, amusement parks, campgrounds, race tracks, skate parks, tobacco stores, and social clubs. Trails, parks, golf courses and boat ramps are still open, but citizens are reminded to stay at least six feet apart and not gather in groups. Walking and outdoor exercise are encouraged.

  Previously, the state legislature had granted school districts amnesty from making up missed classroom days. However, this is expiring this week, and schools that are not teaching online by April 13 will have to make up any missed days, most likely this summer.

Covid-19 Cases In Iowa as of April 7

Wright County 1

Cerro Gordo 12

Franklin County 1

Hamilton County 2

Hancock County 3

Hardin County 1

Humboldt County 0

Kossuth County 1

Webster County 1

Linn County 186

Johnson County 134

Polk County 127

Total Cases Statewide 1,048

Adults 41-60 387

Adults 18-40 307

Adults 61-80 274

Adults 81 and up 69

Children 0-17 11

Total Iowa Deaths - 25

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