Two more people have died from complications of COVID-19 in Iowa, and that brings the total number of deaths to three. And 56 more have tested positive.
At her daily coronavirus news conference today, Governor Kim Reynolds talked about the need to adjust the state response to the spread of the coronavirus as time goes on. In response to a question about a letter from President Trump about labeling counties according to risks, Reynolds said she wasn’t ready to start rating counties without the proper data.
Reynolds also addressed the state’s effort to provide personal protective equipment like face masks to medical personel. She said the state could be producing some of its own products, including face shields.
“Because if we are able to make the face shields, not only thru the ordering, but to start making our own here in iowa, then we can be a little more flexible with the face masks, so it doesn’t have to be the N95, and this gives us a little more flexibility there.”
Nebraska today sadly saw its first death from the coronavirus. However, Nebraska and South Dakota have both seen the spread of COVID-19 go from widespread to regional.
Medical professionals in western Iowa’s largest county started testing people for COVID-19 in their cars today.
Health officials estimate the drive-thru site can test around 60 people per day, five days a week once it’s fully operational.
People who have gone through their doctor to get an appointment at the drive-thru testing site in Woodbury County will report to a checkpoint. They’ll be given a card that shows they’ve been approved to be tested, and can head to the site.