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Watch: Iowa governor gives update on the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, June 4

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' press conference Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 11 a.m. on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the state.
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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, pool)

IOWA, USA — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' press conference Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 11 a.m. on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the state.

As Iowa continues in their recovery phase, the state has not yet reached testing capacity of 3,000 people in one day, but Reynolds said the state's peak reached 2,356 tests. 

Reynolds said the state's peak of confirmed cases of the coronavirus came on April 29.

The state also announced some guidance to re-allow residents of long-term care facilities to have visitors.

There will be a three step phase-in to resume normal visits. Baseline testing will be conducted at long-term care facilities across the state for residents and staff. Testing will also be offered for those who transition from acute-care housing to long-term housing. To manage clusters, the state is offering weekly testing. 

The Iowa House also passed legislation to restore voting rights for felons, Reynolds said. The legislation requires felons to complete restitution for victims before being able to vote and was passed 95-2. 

The governor said Iowa is the only state that does not allow felons to vote. The amendment to the state's constitution is expected to head to the Senate later this month. 

As protests spread throughout the state due to the death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who died after a white officer kneeled on his throat for several minutes, Reynolds said the Iowa, "has made significant steps but has a ways to go," on criminal justice reform. 

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