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Record High COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Deaths Continue To Sweep The Midwest

The coronavirus has left communities and hospital systems scrambling to provide care as cases continue to peak across the Midwest.
Annie Spratt

COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the Midwest, resulting in record hospitalizations and deaths in Iowa and many neighboring states.

On this episode of River to River, a survey of the COVID-19 pandemic across the region. Host Ben Kieffer speaks with reporters from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Illinois and Nebraska to get an idea of how each state is handling unprecedented increases in confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths related to the coronavirus.


  • Katarina Sostaric, state government reporter, Iowa Public Radio
  • Brian Bakst, political correspondent, Minnesota Public Radio
  • Laurel White, state capitol reporter, Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Jackie Hendry, health and education reporter, South Dakota Public Broadcasting
  • Mary Hansen, reporter, NPR Illinois
  • Becca Costello, reporter and producer, NET Nebraska
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa