Iowa Governor Reverses Course, Issues Mask Mandate As COVID-19 Cases Rise

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds at a coronavirus news conference in September. After previously dismissing the need for a mask mandate, Reynolds on Monday abruptly changed course amid an upsurge in new cases in the state.

With hospitals in the state filling up with patients, Gov. Kim Reynolds, who once dismissed restrictions as "feel-good" measures, said Monday: "If Iowans don't buy into this, we'll lose."

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