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PUBLIC HEALTH

Governor to announce 'new steps' in coronavirus response today

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Gov. Kim Reynolds will announce "new steps" to stem the spread of the coronavirus in a live speech at about 6 p.m. today, according to a press release from her office.

The remarks will be broadcast on Reynolds' Facebook page, which says they will begin at 6 p.m. The press release said 6:05 p.m.

The announcement is notable because Reynolds has typically held press conferences about the pandemic on weekday mornings, not during nightly television newscasts.

"Gov. Reynolds will give a live address to Iowans on COVID-19, the need for Iowans to practice safe mitigation efforts, as well as announce new steps to fight the virus in order to protect lives, livelihoods, hospital resources and health care workers," the press release said.

The total number of people hospitalized for treatment in Iowa after being infected by the coronavirus has dramatically increased this month and reached a new peak of 1,392 on Sunday, according to state data. That is about double what it was at the start of November.

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