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ELSBERRY, Mo.\u00a0 \u2014 Bruno's multi-state journey has come to an end.

Bruno, a black bear whose travels in recent weeks gained a following on social media, was tranquilized by the Missouri Department of Conservation as he wandered into the St. Louis metro region, according to a statement late Sunday by Elsberry police.

The bear was seen in the Quad-Cities area a few weeks ago.

Police said Bruno was tranquilized for the safety of the public and for the bear, Elsberry police said in a Facebook post.

Bruno had become something of a sensation on social media as people spotted him trekking hundreds of miles through Iowa, Illinois and into Missouri over the span of a month. He started his journey in Minnesota or Wisconsin in early June.

The bear was seen Thursday south of Elsberry, about 60 miles northwest of St. Louis, Dan Zarlenga, a spokesman for the Department of Conservation, previously said. Bruno by Sunday had walked into St. Charles County, outside of Wentzville.

Elsberry police and state conservation officials were not immediately available Monday to elaborate on Bruno's travels.

It's unclear where Bruno was taken after he was tranquilized. The bear was not taken to the St. Louis Zoo, zoo staff confirmed Monday.

Bruno's journey comes to end in St. Louis metro region
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Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson has released the name of the woman who died Thursday night in a fire in Port Byron.\u00a0

Tammi L. Biscontine, 56, died in the fire that occurred in the home at 21508 94th Ave. North. Fire officials were dispatched to the fire at 8:42 p.m.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate, Rock Island County authorities said.\u00a0\u00a0

An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for Monday.\u00a0

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After nearly four months of emergency steps to manage the spread of new coronavirus infections, COVID-19 cases in Iowa are on the rise again \u2014 alarming local health officials.

After new COVID-19 cases in Iowa slowly ebbed over a few weeks, the rate of infection has suddenly escalated in certain parts of Iowa, reaching record-breaking single-day totals and prompting local officials to urge residents to wear face masks in public and follow social distancing guidelines.

A resurgence of COVID-19 cases has been reported across the United States, occurring weeks after most of the country had eased restrictions and begun reopening local economies.

As of Friday, ahead of the long holiday weekend, nearly 40 states were reporting increases.

In Iowa, the rate of those tested for the infection found to be positive stood at 9.5 percent. That\u2019s up from last Monday\u2019s positivity rate of 6.34 percent, according to data from the state\u2019s coronavirus website.

Iowa\u2019s rolling seven-day average of new cases also has been on the rise, according to state data. That average was 284 cases for the week ending June 20. By the end of the next week, it had shot to 363 cases.

Despite those increases, Iowa has not seen the same degree of surge seen in some other states, state officials say.

In a recent news conference, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Iowa was seeing an overall downward trend in new cases. Since the overall positivity rate stands below 10 percent, data indicates Iowa is showing \u201cpositive signs of recovery,\u201d she said.

\u201cWe\u2019re not seeing what\u2019s happening in Florida and Texas and Arizona. I\u2019m seeing the positivity rate go down, I\u2019m seeing hospitalizations go down,\u201d Reynolds said during a news conference Tuesday in Hardin County. \u201cAny death is heartbreaking, but we are seeing those numbers go down too.\u201d

Iowa now included in travel advisory

Hot spots are emerging in the southern and western part of the country. States including Florida, Texas and Arizona are among those that had ended stay-at-home orders earlier in the spring, before other parts of the country.

But it\u2019s also worth noting that California, another state hard hit in the latest resurgence, had one of the nation\u2019s earliest statewide stay-at-home orders.

The recent increase in Iowa was enough to prompt New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to list the state in a travel advisory issued by officials this past week.

According to the advisory, any individual traveling from a state with an \u201cincreased prevalence of COVID-19\u201d must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival there.

The advisory applied to any state with a total positivity rate higher than 10 percent, or a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 people.

While Iowa did not meet the 10 percent positivity rate at the time, the state is among the highest rates of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents nationwide according to some reports.

On Friday, a Washington Post analysis of each state showed that Iowa has the nation\u2019s 11th worse rate of new cases per 100,000 people.

An analysis by the New York Times found Iowa ranks 25th per capita among the 38 states where new cases are rising. The analysis found cases per capita were staying about the same in 10 other states, and decreasing in two states and Washington. D.C.

In response to the surge in new cases, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered bars in the state to close once again and restaurants to reduce half capacity. California and Arizona have taken similar steps to reverse reopening, but Florida has appeared staunch in its resolve to stay open.

The Iowa Governor\u2019s Office did not respond to The Gazette\u2019s questions whether Reynolds would consider ordering businesses closed again.

In her news conference last week, Reynolds noted that some businesses in hard hit counties \u2014 like some in Johnson County \u2014 have chosen on their own to temporarily close without a state mandate.

\u201cBusiness owners are making difficult but responsible decisions to safeguard the lives and livelihood of Iowans and I commend them for their actions,\u201d she said.

Surge causes concern among local officials

The surge of new cases in Iowa is most concentrated in 10 counties, where 60 percent of all new positive cases statewide have occurred, Reynolds said.

That's prompted the Muscatine mayor to announce she would issue a mandate that people wear face coverings in public in the city, while Scott County Supervisor Ken Croken has placed a motion on the supervisor's next agenda asking for the same.

These counties have a relatively high population density and are home to the state\u2019s public universities and colleges.

Since June 14, Johnson County has seen a resurgence of positive COVID-19 tests among residents. Between June 21 and 28, new case counts increased by nearly 43 percent, from 770 new cases to 1,098.

By Friday, the total case count countywide had reached 1,234, according to the state.

Linn County reported a similar trend after the average number of reported new cases per week increased from 35 the week of June 7 to 101 the week of June 21. That\u2019s roughly a 190 percent increase, noted Heather Meador, supervisor for the clinical services branch of Linn County Public Health.

This prompted local officials to hold a news conference ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, sternly urging residents to continue practicing public health measures including social distancing and wearing masks.

\u201cIt\u2019s typical for elected officials to talk about this in unprecedented terms, but I think that term has lost its punching power. In the early stages, this was unprecedented. We didn\u2019t know how to live with or adapt to COVID-19,\u201d said Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers.

\u201cBut now we know, and we can no longer plead ignorance to or ignore the science of what this virus is, how it spreads and the damage it can do to our economy, to our health, to our loved ones and to our children\u2019s education,\u201d he continued.

What is causing the increase in cases?

Some experts indicate that more efficient and widespread testing has played a role in the climbing case count.

Reynolds did praise Test Iowa efforts, and with nearly 321,000 individuals tested as of Friday, about 1 in 10 Iowans have been tested.

Reynolds said new cases are concentrated among adults aged 18 to 40, as the rate of new cases among that age group has increased from 41 percent to 91 percent since June 14.

Public health officials in Linn and Johnson counties say those between 18 and 25 are being infected with the virus, leading officials to point to social gatherings as the likely culprit. Dr. Louis Katz, Scott County medical director, has pointed to people under 30 gathering at bars, restaurants and other social gatherings.

The recent protests against police brutality that have drawn thousands have not been a factor in Scott County, health officials say. In other parts of the state, health officials say those events are likely not the main reason for the recent spike.

The virus is less likely to spread outdoors, and there was an emphasis on mask-wearing at the protests in the Quad-Cities. In addition, officials report few of those who recently tested positive reported being at a protest.

Instead, those who have tested positive say they have attended large social gatherings, many of which were in indoor, crowded spaces such as bars and restaurants.

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A Davenport woman already on pretrial release for allegedly selling methamphetamine to undercover agents with the Quad-City Metropolitan Enforcement Group has been arrested on Scott County warrants also alleging she was peddling meth.

Scott County authorities arrested Heather Marie Van Alstine, also known as Heather VanAlstine, 50, of the 2100 block of Farnham St., on Thursday.

She is charged with four counts of possession with the intent to deliver more than 5 grams of methamphetamine. Each of the charges is a Class B felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of 25 years.

According to the arrest affidavits filed by Davenport Police Officer Robert Myers, agents with the Davenport Police Department\u2019s Narcotics Unit used a confidential source to perform four controlled buys of meth from Van Alstine.

The first controlled buy was done at 3:42 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the 4900 block of North Pine Street where 6.9 grams of meth was purchased from Van Alstine.

The second buy was performed at 2:25 p.m. Dec. 6 in a residence in the 1500 block of West 16th Street where 12 grams of meth were bought.

The third buy at 3:46 p.m. on Jan. 31 was for 5.3 grams that was done in the 1600 block of West Locust Street.

The fourth buy was done at 6:32 p.m. Feb. 6 in the 7000 block of Elmore Avenue for 12.4 grams.

Police waited for final results from the state crime lab.

Van Alstine was being held Thursday in the Scott County Jail on $100,000 bond, cash or surety.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 10 in Scott County District Court.

She was arrested June 18 on a charge of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, a Class C felony that carries a prison sentence of 10 years.

According to the arrest affidavit, at 6:18 p.m. on Feb. 27, agents with the Quad-City Metropolitan Enforcement Group conducted an undercover buy from Van Alstine in the 2300 block of West 53rd Street in Davenport. She was given $200 in marked currency for about 8.2 grams of methamphetamine.

Van Alstine was released on her own recognizance and placed under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Corrections.

A preliminary hearing in that case is scheduled for July 8 in Scott County District Court.

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A former Bettendorf teacher and baseball coach is suing the Bettendorf School District, a principal, the former athletic director and the current baseball coach in connection with a \"hideous assault\" that occurred on a district-hired bus last year.

Brandon Nau has filed an eight-count complaint that includes allegations of failure to report abuse, bullying, assault and battery, negligence, and denial of due process.

The case is related to the assault last year by a baseball teammate against Nau's son during a return trip to Bettendorf from a Burlington game. The incident was described by a member of the school board as \"an absolutely hideous assault\" for its sexually disturbing nature.

The lawsuit also names the parents of the then-15-year-old who assaulted Nau's then-16-year-old son. Neither teen is being identified by name.

Following is Nau's account of what happened June 1, 2019, which also was captured on the bus's surveillance camera:\u00a0

The 15-year-old boy was seated in the back of the bus, watching pornography on a borrowed cellphone. The teenager pulled down his shorts, exposing himself as he masturbated.

He then rose from his seat, sought out Nau's son, and slapped the teen's face with his hand, smearing semen into the boy's face and mouth.

The 15-year-old was charged with two simple misdemeanors, indecent exposure and simple assault, after Nau took the case to police.

When school board members learned belatedly of the incident in February, Board President Adam Holland said he anticipated a third-party investigation. Contacted Tuesday, Holland said he is not permitted to make a statement on the status of an investigation or any aspect of the incident, given the pending lawsuit. When ongoing legal matters are in play, officials generally are barred from commenting.

Nau is represented by Davenport attorney Heather Carlson, court documents show. She did not return a phone call Tuesday, seeking comment.

In addition to the school district, the lawsuit names baseball coach Blake Hanna, who was on the bus when the assault occurred and who ultimately took over Nau's position as head coach. Nau moved his family out of the district following the assault and the disputes that followed related to Nau's position as coach and teacher.

Also named are Bettendorf High School Principal Joy Kelly, former athletic director Colin Wikan and parents Kevin and Glenda Trettin.

The coach, principal and athletic director all were mandatory reporters at the time of the assault, the lawsuit states, meaning they had a legal obligation to report the incident to the Iowa Department of Human Services. They did not report it.

Nau's petition and demand for a jury trial also cites anti-bullying and harassment policies, which require investigations. But Nau and his son were not notified of any investigation, the document states, and the boy never was interviewed. The incident was not reported to the Iowa Department of Education, either, which is contrary to policy.

While Nau secured a temporary no-contact order through the courts, barring the boy who assaulted his son from having contact with the family, Principal Kelly advised Nau it was up to his son to avoid the other boy at school, according to the lawsuit. Additionally, the teen had previous disciplinary complaints in the district, but his resulting \"safety plan\" was not followed, Nau claims.

When school board members became aware of the assault in February, parents and other members of the public also became aware of it, and many attended board meetings to raise their concerns. Shortly after, former Superintendent Mike Raso took leave of his post and so did former human resources director Heather Stocking.

District officials have not said whether the upper-level resignations were related to the assault.

The lawsuit does not appear to seek a specific dollar amount for damages, including mental-health treatment for Nau and his son. It does demand a jury trial.

Nau, according to the suit, \"requests judgment against defendants in an amount which will fully and fairly compensate him for his injuries and damages, for punitive damages against the individual defendants Blake Hanna, Colin Wikan and Joy Kelly in an amount sufficient to punish the defendants and deter the defendants and others from the same or similar wrongful conduct, court costs, interest as allowed by law, and for such other and further relief as the court deems just and proper.\"

Regarding Count VII of the complaint, intentional infliction of emotional distress, the suit states, \"Through the times and acts alleged, defendants were aware of the physical illness and mental pain that (Nau's son) was suffering as a result of the defendants\u2019 outrageous acts, conduct and omissions.

\"Despite such knowledge, defendants continued to engage in a pattern of outrageous behavior toward (the teen) by bullying, harassing, intimidating, discriminating and retaliating against him.\"

While the assault was captured by the on-bus surveillance, Nau has said he did not see the recording. Bettendorf Police Chief Keith Kimball said in February that the video is regarded child pornography, given the act of masturbation by a minor.

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Should Scott County mandate face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Scott County Supervisor Ken Croken thinks so, and has placed a motion on the July 9 county board meeting agenda for discussion.\u00a0

His motion would mandate face coverings \"in all public areas of the county when and where maintaining a safe social distance is impossible or impractical,\" according to a news release.

\u201cWishful thinking about the end of this pandemic has failed to materialize,\u201d Croken said.

Scott County was added to the federal Centers for Disease Control list of disease \u201chot spots\u201d based on the most recent 14-day trend, Croken said.

\"It\u2019s time for decisive action that underscores one, unequivocal message: COVID-19 will go not simply go away,\" Croken said. \"The science is clear and the experience of other communities across the nation and around the world provides us with a road map forward. I believe the widespread use of face coverings throughout Scott County is a good first step.\u201d

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The City of Rock Island has issued a warning for those on the water this weekend: Avoid the Rock River west of Ben Williamson Park.

The Rock River is at 10.13 feet, which is high, so boat barrier buoys are not in place, the city said in a news release. That makes the steel dam difficult to see.

\"The high river level combined with the strong current makes this area extremely dangerous. Avoid this area at all cost,\" the city said in the release.

The buoys will return once the river level is below 9.5 feet.

Last month, two people were killed in a boating accident when the boat they were in failed to start and went over the steel dam near Milan.

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An additional 83 people in the Quad-Cities were confirmed to have COVID-19 on Saturday, July 4.

There were 59 new cases in Scott County as of 3 p.m. Saturday; in Rock Island County, 24 more people were confirmed with the virus. There were no additional deaths.

There are now 1,043 cases in Rock Island County and 778 in Scott County, for a total of 1,816. The death tolls stand at 29 in Rock Island and 10 in Scott County.

A week ago, Rock Island had 924 confirmed cases and Scott County had 597.

Statewide, Illinois logged 862 additional cases on Saturday, for a total of 146,612 and 7,014 deaths. Iowa confirmed 627 new cases, surpassing 31,000 cases for the first time. There are now 31,061 cases in the state.

The reproduction rate, or Rt, the average number of people who contract the novel coronavirus from a single confirmed case, stood at 1.10 for Iowa and .98 for Illinois. When the Rt is more than 1.0, the virus is considered to be spreading.

COVID-19 cases in the Quad-Cities as of July 4, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.\u00a0
Rock Island CountyNew: 24\u00a0Total: 1,043\u00a0Total deaths: 29
\u00a0Scott County\u00a0New: 59\u00a0Total: 773\u00a0Total deaths: 10
\u00a0Illinois\u00a0New: 862\u00a0Total: 146,612\u00a0Total deaths: 7,014
\u00a0Iowa\u00a0New: 607\u00a0Total: 31,041\u00a0Total deaths: 721
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One man is dead and three other people are injured in a shooting after a large crowd gathered in the 1000 block of West 3rd Street in Davenport early Sunday.

Delandres Thompson, 30, of Davenport, died at Genesis Medical Center\u2014East Rusholme St., from the gunshot wounds, police said. One man and two women were treated for non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

According to a news release from Davenport Police, officers tried to help Thompson as gunfire continued around 2:23 a.m. after officers had been called to a disturbance. They found more than 100 people and many cars blocking the area that spanned several blocks along West 3rd Street between Myrtle and Brown streets. People were fighting, and there were reports of several shots being fired.

As officers tried to disperse the crowd, they found a man on the street, later identified as Thompson, with gunshot wounds.\u00a0

On Sunday, police remained on a scene, cordoned off by crime-scene tape in the area. The alley north of Third Street was closed for several hours during the initial investigation.\u00a0

It was one of a number of gun-related incidents Saturday and Sunday in Davenport, Bettendorf and Rock Island. Other incidents, police and court documents say, include:

Kenneth DeShawn McAdory, 41, of Bettendorf, was being held in Scott County jail on a felony charge of felon in possession of a firearm and a misdemeanor charge of reckless use of a firearm.

Shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, a Bettendorf police officer heard two loud bangs when he was in the 800 block of River Drive. He heard more bangs and heard, coming from the bike path, what he believed to be a shotgun action being manipulated. He also heard shotgun shells hitting the pavement on the bike path.

The officer heard McAdory walking around in the brush near where the officer heard the gun shots, then saw McAdory leave the area.

McAdory approached the officer and said he had had been shooting a newly purchased shotgun. He said when he saw the squad car he put the firearm on the ground and walked out of the brushy area.

McAdory said he thought it was OK to discharge the firearm in the area and had shot at some ducks on the bike path.

McAdory, who said he bought the gun Friday, has two prior felony convictions in Cook County for robbery and residential burglary. He told the officer he had been arrested previously for burglary but believed the charged had been \u201cpled down.\u201d

He was released on cash bond. His preliminary hearing is set for 2 p.m. July 21 in Scott County Court.

Justin Marion Woods, 46, of Davenport, was arrested about 10:45 p.m. Saturday on the 1600 block of West 4th Street, Davenport, after police responded to a stabbing near West 7th and Division streets. Woods was being held on $5,000 cash-only bond in Scott County Jail on felony charges of felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to deliver, and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

Charges stem from the stabbing incident.

Woods had a semi-automatic handgun during the disturbance. He was identified by his name and clothing description.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, officers saw him getting out of a white Pontiac G6 behind 1612 W. 4th St., Davenport.

Woods was \u201cdetained after a brief standoff\u201d and officers found a semi-automatic Hi-Point .45-caliber handgun in plain view under the front passenger seat of the car.

The firearm had two live rounds in its magazine.

Woods\u2019 previous Scott County felony convictions include a controlled-substance violation and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

His preliminary hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. July 15 in Scott County Court.

Casvonte D\u2019James Hickman, 27, of Davenport, was being held in Scott County Jail on a $5,000 secured bond on a felony charge of felon in possession of a firearm and a felony misdemeanor charge of interference with official acts.

About 1:30 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to 17th and Gaines streets for a pursuit.

Hickman was in the front-seat passenger of a vehicle being pursued by fully marked squad cars. When it came to a stop, he fled on foot, and officers chased him. Police said he was told multiple times to stop, but continued to run, and gave up after about a block.

A .40-caliber Smith & Wesson M&P Shield handgun was in plain view on the front seat passenger floorboard. When Hickman was taken into custody, his left hand was bleeding heavily. There was blood on the upper slide of the handgun, and blood all around the front-seat passenger area.

Hickman has a felony conviction for child endangerment with bodily injury from 2014.

His preliminary hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. July 15 in Scott County Court.

In Rock Island

Officers on foot patrol in The District heard five or six gunshots coming from Arts Alley, 1700 block of 2nd Avenue, Rock Island.

Officers pursued a Dodge Charger fleeing over the Centennial Bridge into Davenport. Davenport police assisted Rock Island officers in the pursuit, which ended in Davenport in the area of 15th Street and Vine Street.

Three men were arrested and police also recovered a handgun.

A 24-year-old man, whose home town is unknown, was transported by private vehicle from The District to Genesis Medical Center\u2014East Rusholme St., with a gunshot wound to his foot. He was treated and released.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the Rock Island Police Department, 309-732-2677, or Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities, 309-762-9500.

In Whiteside County

A man in his 40s was found dead from a gunshot wound early Sunday in his front yard in Whiteside County.

Whiteside County Deputies responded about 12:30 a.m. to a residence in the 24000 block of Front Street (Como) in rural Sterling, Ill.

Whiteside County Deputies ask anyone in the area who may have heard or seen anything between the hours of 7 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 a.m. Sunday to contact the sheriff's office, 815-772-4044 or Whiteside County Crime Stoppers, 815-625-7867.

Neither the man\u2019s name nor the location of the gunshot wound were released. The investigation continues.

Whiteside County detectives were assisted by the Illinois State Police and the Whiteside County Coroner's Office.

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MUSCATINE \u2014 Mayor Diana Broderson was unable to finish reading a proclamation requiring the use of masks or face coverings Sunday afternoon when a group of about 50 residents gathered in front of Muscatine City Hall to protest the requirement disrupted her speech to the point she had to end it.

According to the proclamation, which can be viewed on the City of Muscatine Web page, beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, July 6, masks will be mandatory inside public areas as a way to stop the spread of COVID-19. While the proclamation specifies the police can treat infractions as a municipal infraction which has a penalty beginning at $500, Broderson hopes this would not be needed. She likened it to people in the community shooting off fireworks in the weeks leading up to Independence Day, saying she did not believe any citations were issued to people lighting fireworks, and the police just gave people warnings.

\u201cNobody is going to be hauled off to jail,\u201d Broderson said after the aborted press conference. \u201cThis will give our police officers a tool to use as they see fit, but our police officers know what they are doing and they will handle this like they handle every other thing.\u201d

Broderson said people can be deemed exceptions to the proclamation for medical reasons. People can be exempted if wearing a mask interferes with their job, would create a workplace hazard or unsafe environment, or if a mask makes a medical condition worse for the wearer. She said most people will be able to just explain that they have a medical reason for not wearing a mask if questioned.

Before having to leave the stand set up on the front steps of city hall, Broderson said Muscatine is only just reopening and counts on businesses for its survival. With a dramatic upswing in the number of COVID-19 cases in nearby counties, such as Scott and Johnson counties, she hopes to stop an upswing in cases in Muscatine that could force a second closure of businesses.

In the crowd of people attending, few of whom wore masks, Randy VanZee said he opposes wearing face masks and wanted to hear what Broderson had to say about the issue.

\u201cThere is no scientific proof they work,\u201d he said. \u201cIf they work \u2014 we have been doing this for four months. Social distancing, masks, shutting down the economy. So, why is it still spreading? Where in the Constitution that says my rights can be revoked because of a respiratory flu?\u201d

Covid-19 is a novel respiratory virus with no cure or vaccine. There have been 2,874,396 confirmed cases in the United States since the pandemic began in late 2019 and 129,870 people have died. In Iowa, where cases have been climbing since the state loosened restrictions on businesses, there have been 31,377 confirmed cases and 721 deaths.

Since the virus was discovered in December 2019, scientists have been learning more about it over time. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are recent scientific studies that show face coverings help reduce the spread of the virus.

Sitting under a shade tree from the 90-degree day, Logan Hickman carried a white board with ways a mayor can be recalled.

\u201cI think she is overreaching,\u201d he said. \u201cIf she doesn\u2019t stop we may have to recall her. She may think she is the queen bee of Muscatine, but this is not a monarchy and we don\u2019t have to bow to her demands, especially when the governor said we are free to do what you want.\u201d

Gov. Kim Reynolds has only said people should follow Iowa Department of Health guidelines, which do not require the use of face coverings.

Broderson said she has the authority to issue such as mandate. She said the proclamation was made in conjunction with the city attorney. She cited the Iowa Constitution which says municipal corporations are granted home rule powers to determine local affairs and the state should not interfere unless a current law is being violated. Broderson also cited Iowa statute 372.14 saying a mayor may take command of the police and governance of the city by proclamation upon the issuance of an emergency declaration. At that time the mayor has all powers granted the sheriff to suppress disorders.

Recently the American Civil Liberties Union said mandating the use of a face mask is similar to a restaurant being able to refuse service to a customer not following home rule.

But the Iowa Attorney General recently said municipal proclamations must be consistent with the governor's declarations, so a city or county proclamation requiring face coverings would not be consistent with the governor's declarations.

In the crowd of people who attended the reading, city council members Dewayne Hopkins, Osmond Malcolm and Peggy Gordon watched the presentation. While Malcolm and Gordon wore masks, Hopkins did not. He said\u00a0 he is a Vietnam veteran and feels it is his right to choose if masks should be worn. Gordon disagreed, saying it has been proven masks can stop the spread of COVID-19. Malcolm said the city council is able to override the mayor\u2019s proclamation, but he does not believe it will.

\u201cIf it can save someone\u2019s life, it is kind of hard for me to object,\u201d Malcolm said.

During Thursday\u2019s meeting, Broderson was not present and the council did not discuss the possibility of mandating the use of masks.

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