Climbing COVID hospitalizations prompt new wave of mitigation measures

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday morning that, due to soaring numbers of hospitalizations related to COVID-19, a new wave of mitigation measures will go into effect this week. Reynolds announced during a press conference that 15.2% of current patients in Iowa hospitals are infected with COVID-19. As of midnight, gatherings of 25 or more people indoors, or 100 or more outdoors are prohibited without face coverings and they must accomodate social distancing guidelines. The governor didn’t require new restrictions on bars and restaurants, and the new rules don’t apply to school districts.