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Demonstrators demand stronger virus response in Iowa

November 21, 2020 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Demonstrators are demanding that Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds do more to stem the spread of the coronavirus as cases surge.

More than a dozen of them gathered Friday in front of the Governor’s Terrace Hill mansion to deliver 800 report cards that gave her an “F” grade in COVID-19 mitigation and protecting Iowans. Reynolds didn’t accept the cards directly, but an Iowa State Patrol officer said he would pass them along to her.

The demonstration was organized by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, also known as Iowa CCI, the Des Moines Register reports.

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“She’s been a total failure in her inability to show leadership and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Iowa,” said Cherie Mortice, Iowa CCI Action Fund Board President. “She needs to stand up and she needs to represent the everyday needs of Iowans today.”

After months of opposition, Reynolds signed an order Monday that requires people to wear masks in indoor public places under some circumstances. Public health experts, however, said it contains exceptions that make it weak.

The state was reporting 2,159 COVID-19-related deaths as of 10 a.m. Saturday, an increase of 32 deaths since the state’s tally 24 hours earlier. The number of confirmed cases also rose by 3,627 to 206,660.