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How Iowa Is Preparing For COVID-19

Jessica Hill
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Microbiologist Xiugen Zhang runs a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at the Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory, Monday, March 2, 2020, in Rocky Hill, Conn.

In many countries, the novel coronavirus continues to spread at a fast pace. As of March 3, the U.S. has confirmed nine deaths in the state of Washington, and there are 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska. How at risk is the U.S. as the number of confirmed cases increases and what is Iowa doing to prepare for a potential pandemic

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with a variety of experts about how COVID-19 is spreading and how Iowans are preparing.


Guest include:

  • Dr. Hans House, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Iowa.
  • Dr. Caitlin Pedati, medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Dr. Stan Perlman, University of Iowa depts. of microbiology and immunology and pediatrics. 
  • Gregg Humble, president and co-owner of Humble Travel in Cedar Falls. 

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River