The Iowa governor's emergency declaration activates response plans statewide and in affected counties with the aim of authorizing use of all state resources to help monitor, contain, and eliminate the virus.
"We have immense challenges before us. . . . I liken it to a swimmer in a calm lake who can cover 12 miles in 6 hours. Put that same swimmer in a river heading upstream against a 4-mph current. . . . After 3 hours he ends up 6 miles downstream from where he started. . . . We are not swimming in a calm lake. "