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In Seven Months, Iowa Surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 cases

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Dr. Theresa Brennan, chief medical officer for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, discusses coronavirus cases in Johnson County.

On this River to River podcast, host Ben Kieffer checks in with IPR reporters and the chief medical officer for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Early this morning, Iowa surpassed another grim milestone. Our state has now had more than 100,000 positive cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic hit just more than seven months ago. Earlier this month, White House experts warned state officials that Iowa continues to see more than twice as many coronavirus infections as the national average. Deaths related to COVID-19 continue to increase.

Early today, another two deaths were reported, bringing the state's total to 1,462. In northwest Iowa, the coronavirus infection rate remains among the highest in the state. Now some schools have started requiring masks.

Guests:

Dr. Theresa Brennan, chief medical officer for University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Katie Peikes, western Iowa reporter, IPR

Amy Mayer, agriculture reporter, IPR

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