In light of the latest data showing the potential deadly toll of the coronavirus pandemic in Iowa, businesswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield is calling for Iowa to join states across the nation in issuing a statewide stay-at-home order to protect the health and safety of Iowans.
At least 30 states, led by Democrats and Republicans alike, have issued stay-at-home orders and other stronger measures to keep Americans safe. The U.S. Surgeon General is recommending that every state do the same.
“I’m standing with public health experts and leaders around Iowa today to call for a clear directive from the state for everyone who is able to stay at home,” Greenfield said. “By doing our part and staying home, we can help limit the spread of this virus among our neighbors and loved ones, and we can help protect the hardworking Iowans on the frontlines of the epidemic — the health-care workers, grocery store employees, truck drivers, and more who put themselves in harm’s way every day to keep us safe, and to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.”
She continued, “These are tough times, but Iowans know how to put politics aside and pull together to weather a challenge. By taking even more swift action now, we can save lives and support those who are struggling to stay afloat, while also giving our small businesses the hand up they urgently need. We need to use every tool in the toolbox to protect our health and safety, and right now that means implementing a statewide stay-at-home order that goes into effect as soon as possible.”
In addition to calling for a statewide stay-at-home order, Theresa already has urged leaders to expand access to free coronavirus testing, treatment and protective gear, and to increase hospital beds in rural communities, provide additional direct crisis mitigation payments and loans to hardworking Iowans and small businesses, and expand paid sick leave to all who need it as part of her “Jobs That Need to Get Done” plan to put Iowa workers first in the fight against COVID-19. The full plan is available here.