DES MOINES — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that she is not ready to set a date to “get the state back on line” and will make that decision on the best available data as it comes in.
“We want to get things back to normal as quickly as we can that’s why we’ve taken the various steps we’ve taken,” Reynolds said. “Because all along, by implementing the policies and procedures that we’ve put in place, we’ve done that as a means to ‘bend the curve’ and hopefully prevent overwhelming our hospitals and our public health workers.”
Earlier in the week president Donald Trump had said that he would like to see the country getting back to normal by Easter. But Reynolds said the situation was changing too quickly to name a date.
“I’m not prepared at this time to say a date because the decisions are so fluid,” she said. “What I say sometimes at a press conference after we receive new data, I have to stand in front of Iowans the next day and I’ve made a different decision.”
Reynolds said she would consider the same “metrics” she used to order the closure of businesses like bars, restaurants and hair salons to make the decision to reopen them.
“I want to get business back to normal as quickly as I can, too,” Reynolds said. “I think we have that shared goal. I just want to make sure that I’m protecting Iowans and I’m making decisions on the right data points.”
She added that even as things improved there was no guarantee that there could be a resurgence of the outbreak later.
“Chances are even though we flatten the curve and we work out of it and we bring industry back on, there’s the potential until we get a vaccine that it’s going to tick back up at some point,” Reynolds said, “so we have to take that into consideration.”