After no confirmed positive cases July 13, Jones County had a record week for Jones County COVID-19 cases.

From July 14 to July 20, 21 new active cases were reported, including the highest number of cases reported in a single day. Six new cases were reported on July 17, surpassing the previous high of four, reported June 21, July 15 and July 18.

The week took Jones County up to 95 confirmed cases. Fifty-eight cases have recovered, as of July 20, making for 36 active cases.

There has been one death in Jones County due to COVID-19. During her July 14 update to the Jones County Board of Supervisors, Jones County Public Health Director Jenna Lovaas said the person who died from COVID-19 was not hospitalized and has no underlying conditions, as far as she knew.

“We’re encouraging people to stay home as much as possible,” Lovaas said.

July 17, Gov. Kim Reynolds released a proclamation stating that “Under Iowa law, ‘in-person instruction is the presumed method of instruction’ for all school districts and accredited nonpublic schools during the 2020-2021 school year.”

The proclamation authorized the use of remote learning if a “parent or guardian voluntarily selects the remote learning opportunity,” the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Department of Public Health approves moving to primarily remove learning due to health concerns, either for an entire building, district, student or classroom, and allows for remote learning due to inclement weather.

She directed school districts and other agencies to, “take all efforts to prepare to safely welcome back students and teachers to school in-person this fall.”

The proclamation also relaxed rules for substitute teachers.

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