Letters to the Editor

COVID leadership is absent in Iowa

It has taken Gov. Kim Reynolds about 10 months to wave her white flag when it comes to actively showing leadership in addressing the health threat caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We saw her patchwork of executive orders for COVID protocols during 2020, which eventually did include limited mask wearing. Now, when Iowa is 47th when it comes to vaccinating residents and over 5,000 deaths, the governor has decided it must be a good time to return to normal, lifting essentially all COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Why? But lucky me, Reynolds simply believes those of us 65 and older simply need to “limit their activities outside of their home,” especially avoiding trips to places where people gather. Apparently she has forgotten we have been doing this for the last 11 months. Reynolds must justify her decision for abandoning public health safety protocols. Since I am now approved to receive the vaccine I am searching daily for a vaccine appointment or signing up for notifications and alerts. Today I came close to finding an appointment, unfortunately there were not enough slots available to be able to schedule both doses. Why is Iowa struggling and lagging so far behind the rest of the nation when it comes to vaccinations? Once again, as the elected leader of Iowa, Reynolds owes us an explanation.

Diane Duncan-Goldsmith

Iowa City

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