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Living And Dying With COVID-19 In Iowa

Amr Serag

In this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with two survivors of COVID-19 and a man who lost both of his grandparents to the virus on the same day.

In the past few weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases in Iowa has skyrocketed. Over the last few days, we’ve averaged around 10,000 tests administered statewide with nearly half of them coming back positive. Hospitals are being stretched to the limit and so are doctors, nurses and other caregivers. We are very close to another grim milestone. As of today, 1,991 Iowans have died.

Early in the pandemic, the vast majority of COVID cases were in urban areas of the state, but COVID19 is now raging in rural parts of Iowa. Cases are rising rapidly and dramatically in Jones County. One day last week the county positivity rate was over 90 percent.

This hour, stories behind the statistics.


  • Courtney Crowder, Des Moines Register
  • Nathan Loehr, Anamosa resident
  • Kathy Kyle, owner, Pareti Mobile Walls
  • Adam Skibbe, senior GIS administrator at the University of Iowa and grandson of Norris and Jane Gronert
  • Cara McFerren, city council member in West Liberty, mother, business owner
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River