DES MOINES, Iowa - Governor Kim Reynolds signed a disaster emergency proclamation Monday which allows state agencies to perform activities to prevent, contain and mitigate the COVID-19 virus.
Reynolds released a statement, saying the eight people diagnosed with coronavirus are recovering at home in isolation.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, four of the new cases are people who live in Johnson County. All of them are older adults (61 to 80 years) and were on the same Egyptian cruise as the previous three positive cases. The remaining person lives in Pottawattamie County, is a middle-aged adult (41 to 60 years) and recently traveled to California. Testing for the Pottawattamie case was performed in Nebraska.
Governor Reynolds is holding her weekly press conference on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. to provide an update to the state of Iowa.
A public hotline has been set-up for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1.