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US Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds blames unvaccinated migrants for recent Covid spike

01:20  26 november  2021
01:20  26 november  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Iowa Gov . Kim Reynolds says migrants crossing the southern border "don’t have vaccines" and they're to blame for Covid -19 spike . Iowa Gov . Kim Reynolds on Tuesday blamed migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border for some of the nation's Covid -19 spike , saying "none of them are vaccinated and they’re getting dispersed throughout the country." While public health experts have been citing the virus' delta variant and lagging U.S. vaccination efforts for the latest coronavirus surge, Reynolds said partial responsibility rests with newcomers coming across the southern border.

Republican Iowa Gov . Kim Reynolds said on Tuesday that migrants coming from the U.S.-Mexico border are partially responsible for rising COVID -19 cases in some parts of the nation. The number of hospitalizations due to COVID -19 in the state have nearly doubled in the past month, with 106 patients reported on July 28. On July 21, University of Iowa epidemiologist Dr. Michi Goto said he is concerned some parts of the state could see localized outbreaks mirroring similar outbreaks in parts of Missouri, a state also dealing with new cases spurred by the delta variant, according to the Des Moines Register.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday blamed migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border for some of the nation's Covid-19 spike, saying "none of them are vaccinated and they’re getting dispersed throughout the country."

Kim Reynolds holding a microphone © Provided by NBC News

While public health experts have been citing the virus' delta variant and lagging U.S. vaccination efforts for the latest coronavirus surge, Reynolds said partial responsibility rests with newcomers coming across the southern border.

"Part of the problem is the southern border is open and we’ve got 88 countries that are coming across the border and they don’t have vaccines," Reynolds told reporters Tuesday.

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Kim Reynolds on Tuesday blamed migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border for some of the state's Covid -19 spike , announcing "none of them are vaccinated and that they’re getting dispersed all through the u . S .." While public health specialists had been bringing up the virus' delta variation and lagging U.S. Vaccination efforts for the present day coronavirus surge, Reynolds stated partial responsibility rests with Reynolds ' feedback came because the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued new protecting pointers within the wake of a surge in Covid -19 instances.

Iowa Republican Gov . Kim Reynolds blamed immigrants crossing into the country at the southern border for the surge in covid case. While experts have cited the more transmissible delta variant and the slowing vaccination rate for the surge, Reynolds said immigrants are also “part of the problem.” “Part of the problem is the southern border is open and we’ve got 88 countries that are coming across the border and they don’t have vaccines so none of them are vaccinated and they’re getting dispersed throughout the country,” Reynolds told reporters Tuesday, according to the Des Moines Register.

A spokesman for Reynolds said Wednesday her statement mirrors views from other lawmakers in Texas.

Joe Henry, state political director for the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa, called Reynolds’ statement “hate mongering” and said she should concentrate on boosting Iowa vaccinations.

Less than half of Iowa residents are fully vaccinated, according to the latest state data.

“For her to say that, we consider that hate mongering,” Henry told NBC News on Wednesday. “She needs to be doing her job here in Iowa. We’re still having a problem here in Iowa with people being vaccinated.”

Reynolds' comments came as the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued new masking guidelines in the wake of a surge in Covid-19 cases.

The CDC said all students in kindergarten through 12th grade — and teachers and staff — should wear masks when they return to classrooms this fall, even those who have been vaccinated.

The Biden administration Tuesday also confirmed earlier reports that it's now recommending indoor mask use for anyone in areas of high transmission.

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