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Public Health Emergency Declaration Updated Supervisors Discuss COVID-19

March 27, 2020
By Joseph Schany , Emmetsburg News

by Joseph Schany

The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday morning, March 24. Due to COVID 19, the public meeting was held via conference call.

Looking to approve a Declaration of State of Emergency in Palo Alto County, the board spoke to Mark Hunefeld, Palo Alto County Emergency Management.

Hunefeld updated the board on COVID 19, stating the previously announced federal declaration takes the place of the county declaration.

A new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration was signed by Governor Reynolds on Tuesday. The proclamation includes additional mandatory closures, relaxes certain restrictions to promote additional social distancing and provides regulatory relief to Iowa health care industries, among other actions outlined in the updated declaration..

The proclamation closes the following from Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March, 31: Salons, medical spas, barbershops, tattoo establishments, tanning facilities, massage therapy establishments, and swimming pools.

To assist Iowans further, it suspends all foreclosures on residential, commercial, and agricultural real property.

The proclamation also provides professional licensing relief to remove barriers who want to step up and serve in medical professions and to prevent the expiration of professional licenses during the disaster.

To promote further social distancing, the declaration suspends in-person requirements for various activities.

For the full governor's proclamation, visit



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