Gov. Kim Reynolds opened her Thursday news conference announcing that TestIowa is expanding testing moving forward.
The expansion is to include “anyone who thinks they should be tested,” Reynolds said. Prior testing was geared towards essential workers Reynolds said.
On Thursday, Iowa saw 15,954 COVID-19 cases at the time of Reynolds’ news conference. The state also saw 403 total deaths due to COVID-19. There were no new cases in Washington, Henry or Jefferson counties on Thursday according to Iowa Department of Public Health data.
The Thursday jump in numbers comes a day after Reynolds announced that more businesses are able to open on Friday in time for Memorial Day weekend.
Movie theaters, zoos and aquariums are allowed to open their doors to the public while following some restrictions Reynolds announced on Wednesday. Bars will be allowed to open at 50% capacity starting May 28 as well.
Starting June 1, school-sponsored activities will be allowed to begin, including sports such as baseball and softball.
“For me nothing signifies getting back to normal than getting our kids connected to our schools,” Reynolds said during Thursday’s news conference.
Overall, 8,505 Iowans have been confirmed as recovered according to IDPH data. So far, 115,031 Iowans have been tested for the virus.