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Here's How The Midwest Is Responding To COVID-19

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A sign encouraging people to stay home is seen in downtown Chicago, Saturday, March 28, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Iowa and the small number of other states without any formal shelter-in-place order can now be counted on one hand. On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by reporters from across the Midwest to get a better idea of how COVID-19 is being handled in the region.

Of the seven states surveyed on the program, four – Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kansas have statewide stay-at-home orders in place. Missouri has a similar ordinance imposed for portions, but not all of the state and Iowa and Nebraska remain fully without formal orders, although leaders in both states have encouraged residents to practice social distancing and other preventive measures.

Follow the Iowa Public Radio live COVID-19 blog for more updates on the impact of the new coronavirus in Iowa.

Guests include:

  • Katarina Sostaric - State Government Reporter, Iowa Public Radio
  • Laurel White - State Capitol Reporter, Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Brian Bakst - Political Reporter, Minnesota Public Radio
  • Alex Smith - Health reporter, KCUR Public Radio in Kansas City
  • Mary Hansen - Reporter, NPR Illinois
  • Fred Knapp - Reporter/Producer, NET Nebraska

Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River