COVID-19 testing

COMMENTARY

It’s the perfect time to reopen Iowa — politically speaking

BY: - April 27, 2020

Iowa has not reached the peak for COVID-19 cases. An expansive, $26 million testing program recommended by a popular actor is just getting started. Outbreaks are continuing to spread in nursing homes and packing plants. And hospitals continue to raise alarms about shortages of personal protective equipment for health care workers. Iowa is currently in […]

Iowa reports a record 648 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19

BY: - April 25, 2020

With the state preparing to loosen restrictions on certain types of businesses, public health officials on Saturday reported a record number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported an additional 648 confirmed cases Saturday, beating the previous high of 521 new cases reported on Friday. Currently, there are 293 […]

Actor Ashton Kutcher tipped Reynolds to COVID testing program

BY: - April 23, 2020

Actor Ashton Kutcher was the first person to suggest that Iowa look into Utah’s expanded testing program for COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday. Iowa this week launched TestIowa, the result of a $26 million contract with some Utah-based companies that will provide 540,000 COVID-19 tests to Iowans at drive-through testing sites. “It has an […]

No other vendors considered for Iowa’s $26 million contract for COVID-19 testing

BY: - April 22, 2020

Through a no-bid contract, Iowa will be paying $26 million to the private company hired to deliver drive-through testing for COVID-19. Pat Garrett, spokesman for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, said Wednesday that to his knowledge no other vendors were contacted by the state about performing assessments and testing for COVID-19. The contract with Nomi Health […]

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How much coronavirus testing is enough? States could learn from retailers as they ramp up

BY: - April 21, 2020

As states develop plans to restart their economies, the big fear is that coronavirus cases will surge again. To keep the pandemic under control, strategic testing systems will be needed, and they will need to be scaled up fast. But how many people should be tested? Who should be tested? And what should that testing […]

Iowa rolls out drive-through testing for COVID-19

BY: - April 21, 2020

The state of Iowa has partnered with several private companies to offer expanded, drive-through testing for COVID-19. The newly launched program will enable Iowa to perform an additional 540,000 tests at a rate of up to 3,000 people per day, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday at her daily press briefing. The state and its Utah-based […]

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Nurse, pregnant mom, caregiver, pilot’s wife still waiting for COVID test results

BY: - March 29, 2020

I’m a nurse, public health professional, soon-to-be nurse practitioner, wife of a pilot, caregiver to an elderly grandmother, pregnant mom of three, soon to be four, and best friend to a woman set to deliver her second baby any day. COVID-19 is all-consuming for me and I know I am not alone. On March 18, […]

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More COVID-19 testing should not change our behavior. But it probably would.

BY: - March 23, 2020

What would you do if you received a positive diagnosis of coronavirus? This is the essential question behind the public policy argument over who should be tested for COVID-19. There are loud and persistent voices in the news media, on social media and in elected office insisting that we can’t possibly respond appropriately to this […]