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Iowa faith leaders call on Gov. Reynolds to issue statewide mask mandate

Iowa faith leaders called on Gov. Reynolds to issue a statewide mask mandate on Monday,...
Iowa faith leaders called on Gov. Reynolds to issue a statewide mask mandate on Monday, November 16th, during a Zoom conference.(KCRG-TV9)
Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 12:12 PM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) -A group of Iowa faith leaders called on Governor Kim Reynolds to follow the recommendations of the White House Coronavirus Task Force issue a statewide mask mandate during a Zoom meeting on Monday afternoon hosted by the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa.

Iowa Faith Leaders Conference

Iowa faith leaders are calling on Gov. Reynolds to issue statewide mask mandate. https://bit.ly/35Bp35F

Posted by KCRG-TV9 on Monday, November 16, 2020

“The White House Coronavirus Task Force has implored the leaders of our state, particularly Governor Reynolds, to take quick and rigorous action to curb the extreme rise in positive cases and to reduce the increased hospitalization rate of COVID-19 cases that are stressing our healthcare system. The Governor has announced some limited actions but not the full range of steps necessary to reduce the alarming rate of growth in Iowa’s cases,” the group said in an earlier statement. "We implore our Governor to immediately take action and implement the recommendations of the Task Force...”

Speakers included:

Connie Ryan, executive director, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

Bishop Alan Scarfe, Episcopal Diocese of Iowa

Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz, Agudas Achim Synagogue, Iowa City

Baljit Singh Virdi, The Iowa Sikh Association

Imam Nermin Spahic, Islamic and Cultural Center-Bosniak, Granger

Rev. Brigit Stevens, Executive Conference Minister, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota Conferences, United Church of Christ

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