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After Two Days On A Ventilator, Iowan Shares Story Of COVID-19 Survival

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Larry Potter, 65, was released from Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids on Monday after recieving a diagnosis of COVID-19 and spending time in intensive care.

After two weeks of hospitalization, Larry Potter became the first Iowan diagnosed with COVID-19 to be released from Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids after spending time on a ventilator.

On this episode of River to River, Potter shares his story of survival as he recovers from COVID-19. Also on the program, host Ben Kieffer takes a look at notable stories from the week with newsmakers and reporters from across the state. 

Guests include:

  • Natalie Krebs -- Iowa Public Radio health reporter
  • Betty Andrews -- State Area President Iowa-Nebraska NAACP Conference of Branches
  • Pat Blank -- IPR All Things Considered host and reporter
  • Larry Potter -- COVID-19 survivor
  • Neal Smith -- former Iowa Congressman 
  • Tony Dehner -- IPR Studio One host
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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