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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds talks about state's coronavirus prep

Posted at 5:31 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 19:07:27-05

COUNCILL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds spoke about coronavirus Friday in Council Bluffs at a town hall meeting focused on a proposal supporting income tax reductions.

There are no confirmed cases of the virus in the Hawkeye state right now. Reynolds says the state is sitting fine in terms of test kits with 250 on hand and another 250 on the way. She said a University of Iowa lab can test for the virus and have results quickly.

"We're able to do our own testing as of February 27th, which is significant, so we can turn that around within four hours," she said. "The Department of Public Health is also reaching out to businesses and hospitals and schools and our nursing home facilities, just to make sure they know the protocol. They have a point of contact and we're keeping them in the communication loop."

Reynolds said all United States governors meet with Vice President Mike Pence and his team on a weekly call focused on efforts to combat the virus.