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Understanding The Rise In COVID-19 Cases In Iowa College Towns

Nathan Dumlao
Ames and Iowa City have seen significant rises in COVID-19 cases since the start of the fall semester.

Host Ben Kieffer speaks with three reporters covering health, higher education and Iowa State athletics to unpack some of the latest news and developments across Iowa's college towns as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise on campuses.

During this series of interviews, Kieffer seeks to unpack how best to understand the rise in COVID-19 cases in Iowa's college towns and the best ways to interpret the data coming from the Iowa Department of Public Health and university administrations. Also, Travis Hines of the Des Moines Register and Ames Tribune helps us understand why the Iowa State University athletic department reversed its decision to have fans in Jack Trice Stadium for the season opener on September 12.


Natalie Krebs, health reporter, IPR

Vanessa Miller, higher education reporter, Cedar Rapids Gazette

Travis Hines, Iowa State University athletics reporter for the Des Moines Register and Ames Tribune

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