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Over 700 tests for COVID-19 have returned negative in Iowa

Posted at 6:15 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 19:15:26-04

OMAHA, Neb. — There are now 45 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Iowa. Many Iowans have been tested for the virus, with the state saying there have been more than 700 negative tests.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updated the public Friday on steps the state is taking to stop the spread of COVID-19.

"We are expanding testing capabilities at the state hygienic lab," Reynolds said. "We are now running three shifts over a 24-hour period for a capacity of 162 tests daily through the state hygienic lab."

Reynolds has encouraged those with mild conditions to stay home and said they will most likely not be tested. When asked why those with a mild condition would not be tested, the Iowa Department of Health said it was due to the limited number of tests in the state.