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Clay County Board of Supervisors approves face covering regulation

The Clay County Board of Supervisors approved by a 3-2 vote a regulation that requires people to wear face coverings when in public and unable to stay six feet from others and when in certain indoor public settings. The regulation applies to all townships and incorporated cities in Clay County. However, those municipalities can opt out by approving ordinances of their own. The regulation will go into effect following publication in the Spencer Daily Reporter. It contains no penalty for violations.

Bethany Johnson holds her newborn son, Irving Johnson, inside Spencer Hospital's Birth Center as her husband, Ryan Johnson, looks inside from a window.

Their sign of hope: A Spencer family’s story about giving birth during COVID-19

Bethany Johnson knew exactly what to do last month when her water broke. Her first baby was on the way. So, shortly after 7:30 a.m. on April 11, Johnson and her husband, Ryan, went to Spencer Hospital, which is just across Grand Avenue from their house. Unfortunately, that’s when other things stopped going according to plan. 

Ryan had been experiencing symptoms of a common cold. Normally, that’s no big deal, but in a time when COVID-19 was just starting to show up in Clay County, the hospital was beginning to take every precaution necessary to protect patients and staff.

Spencer Hospital tree logo with tagline: Healthier Together

Hospital’s fitness center to remain temporarily closed

On April 27, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds shared a list of businesses which could reopen with restrictions beginning May 1. This list included fitness centers. Jason Trierweiler, director for the Athletic Enhancement & Adult Fitness, and director for Cardiopulmonary Services, said that with positive Covid-19 cases continuing to increase in Iowa, those services will not open May 1. “We miss our clients – both our cardiopulmonary rehab members and our AE members,” Trierweiler said. “Yet, we feel it’s in the best interest of those very people that we wait until we can see a downward trend in positive Covid-19 cases in the Midwest.