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Iowa governor issues flag half staff order to honor COVID victims

Gov. Reynolds is order the flags to be lowered in honor of the 500,000 American lives lost to COVID-19.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has issued an order declaring that flags be lowered to half-staff in order to honor victims of COVID-19 after a new milestone had been reached.

Until sunset on Friday, February 26, flags at the State Capitol and other public buildings and facilities, flags are to be lowered to half-staff.

Officials also encourage private citizens and businesses to do the same.

The order comes in after the U.S.'s COVID-19 death toll had reached 500,000, or half a million. 

Flags are also down on federal lands and property after President Biden made his own half-staff order at a ceremony honoring the lives lost.