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Businesses Partially Re-Open in 77 Iowa Counties Amidst Pandemic

The 77 counties being allowed to partially reopen May 1 make up most of western, north central and south central Iowa.
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Seventy-seven counties in Iowa are partially re-opening business in the midst of this pandemic on Friday. Iowa's Governor Kim Reynolds set the scene Thursday during her press conference.

"COVID-19 is here to stay and we must learn to live with it," the Republican governor told reporters.

The coronavirus continues to drive unemployment numbers higher in Iowa. Last week, 28,827 workers filed initial claims for unemployment assistance, including people who work in Iowa but live in another state.