Nielsen joins in calling for shelter-in-place

By Amy Nielsen
Posted 4/16/20

As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, I wanted to share a brief update with you. 

Even as positive cases hit more than 1,000 in Iowa, it’s likely that number will continue to …

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Nielsen joins in calling for shelter-in-place

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As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, I wanted to share a brief update with you. 

Even as positive cases hit more than 1,000 in Iowa, it’s likely that number will continue to increase as experts predict the peak of infection is expected later this month. 

Last week, I joined a number of other legislators in taking the opportunity to conference call with the governor’s office.

We had the chance to ask many of the questions that I’ve been hearing from you. Many of the concerns were with the governor’s strategy to reduce the spread of coronavirus.    

As you may have already heard, there were some significant developments this week that may impact your family and neighbors.

First, the governor extended school and businesses closures until April 30. The extension is based on data predicting the peak of the infection in Iowa to happen later this month.

Second, weekly unemployment claims rose to 58,453, which is the highest number in Iowa history. It shows the economic pain coronavirus is having on our economy as well as the importance of slowing the spread of the virus as quickly as possible so Iowans can get back to work.

Third, a new hotline has been established to help Iowans experiencing legal issues due to COVID-19. Free legal advice is available by calling 800-332-0419.

Fourth, unemployment benefits are now available to more Iowans and include those who are self-employed, independent contractors and nonprofit employees.

Finally, I joined the call urging Gov. Reynolds to implement a statewide shelter-in-place order.

As state leaders, I believe it’s important to send a clearer message to Iowans to stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19. I think it’s the right step to flatten the curve, save lives and get Iowans back to work quickly.

Please continue to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible. Limiting contact with others is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.

I am very grateful to our essential workers, including health care workers, delivery drivers, grocery store workers and emergency personnel for being on the front lines keeping Iowans safe and healthy.

The Iowa Legislature has extended its 30-day suspension until April 30. However, we currently do not know when the Legislature will be in a position to return to Des Moines and conclude the session.

In the meantime, I will continue to be at home answering your questions and listening to you.

As things continue to change quickly, I will provide updates for you on any information I receive and I encourage you to contact me by either phone, email, or on social media. 

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