Governor Reynolds' recent proclamation causing concern among Iowa lawmakers

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. AP image.

Though the positive case average, as well as hospitalizations and deaths, have dropped statewide, State Senator Amanda Ragan and State Rep. Sharon Steckman say the discovery of new strains in the state is troubling, and find the move surprising

Posted: Feb 10, 2021 1:20 AM
Updated: Feb 10, 2021 6:21 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - This past Sunday, many COVID-19 restrictions on Iowa businesses were lifted thanks to an order from Governor Kim Reynolds. While the Governor is still encouraging Iowans to follow safe practices while out in public, the move has caused some backlash from state representatives.

State Senator Amanda Ragan and State Representative Sharon Steckman were both surprised by Reynolds' move. Though the positive case average, as well as hospitalizations and deaths, have dropped statewide, which the Governor's office has cited as the reason behind the move, the say the discovery of new strains in the state is troubling.

"There are many people that are concerned about this because their workplaces have changed because of this proclamation. The spread is very concerning," Ragan said.

"We've had a total of over 5,000 deaths now. We also have one of the variants now in Iowa, and that was discovered the same week. Johnson County and Bremer County have discovered the variants. Those two issues, and then all of a sudden, everything's pulled away. The masks...don't need those, and opening everything up. I think the timing was incredible," Steckman said.

On Monday, House and Senate Democrats asked the Iowa Department of Public Health if the Governor consulted the agency before issuing the proclamation. Director Dr. Kelly Garcia said the department was not consulted on the decision.

"This is a very concerning direction to go when we see so many other opportunities to make it worse by doing this," Ragan added.

KIMT also reached out to both State Representative Shannon Latham and State Senator Waylon Brown to get their thoughts on the move. So far, we have not yet heard from them.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 562420

Reported Deaths: 7132
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1170781693
Ramsey48500859
Dakota43135425
Anoka39159420
Washington25272274
Stearns21264219
St. Louis16969298
Scott16258118
Wright15030130
Olmsted1284497
Sherburne1079480
Carver996945
Clay790090
Rice7716102
Blue Earth706440
Kandiyohi633681
Crow Wing626586
Chisago557350
Otter Tail549173
Benton539897
Mower453232
Goodhue449972
Douglas446971
Winona440549
Nobles401948
Morrison398359
McLeod398155
Isanti385559
Itasca381553
Beltrami376057
Polk369067
Steele367514
Becker360548
Lyon350048
Carlton332052
Freeborn330329
Pine315121
Nicollet311243
Brown296439
Mille Lacs286850
Le Sueur274922
Todd270930
Cass253826
Meeker240537
Waseca232121
Martin215930
Wabasha20003
Roseau198619
Hubbard175041
Dodge17333
Renville173243
Redwood167035
Houston163015
Cottonwood158721
Fillmore15239
Pennington151919
Chippewa147737
Wadena146321
Faribault145819
Sibley137210
Kanabec135522
Aitkin129536
Watonwan12639
Rock123919
Jackson118910
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Murray10349
Swift100518
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Stevens83810
Lake79219
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Koochiching78013
Wilkin77712
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Big Stone5774
Lincoln5613
Grant5558
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Reported Deaths: 5844
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Linn20418330
Scott19292236
Black Hawk15620306
Woodbury14975221
Johnson1418681
Dubuque13210204
Dallas1096096
Pottawattamie10836164
Story1036847
Warren561286
Clinton541991
Cerro Gordo525687
Webster508792
Sioux508373
Marshall477675
Muscatine464297
Des Moines444165
Wapello4255121
Buena Vista422640
Jasper408670
Plymouth398979
Lee369555
Marion355975
Jones293955
Henry287437
Carroll280652
Bremer280060
Crawford262940
Boone260033
Benton251555
Washington249650
Dickinson244343
Mahaska226050
Jackson219342
Kossuth213864
Clay212825
Tama207171
Delaware204639
Winneshiek195033
Page190721
Buchanan189131
Cedar185223
Fayette183741
Hardin182142
Wright180735
Hamilton178549
Harrison177273
Clayton167455
Butler162734
Mills159320
Cherokee157638
Floyd156542
Lyon155541
Madison155319
Poweshiek153333
Allamakee149451
Iowa146424
Hancock144234
Winnebago137131
Grundy135532
Cass135454
Calhoun133512
Jefferson131435
Emmet130340
Shelby129437
Sac128619
Louisa127449
Appanoose126647
Mitchell125441
Union123332
Chickasaw122815
Guthrie118629
Humboldt118426
Franklin113421
Palo Alto111523
Howard103022
Montgomery101537
Unassigned9990
Clarke98524
Keokuk95131
Monroe94528
Ida90033
Adair84932
Pocahontas84321
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Davis80024
Osceola77316
Greene76910
Lucas75923
Worth7138
Taylor65412
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Decatur5929
Van Buren55618
Ringgold53624
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