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KWWL coronavirus FAQs

1. What do I do if I think I have coronavirus but don’t have a primary care doctor to contact?

MercyOne and UnityPoint Health have information on their websites to help find a provider or what you can do if you do not have a primary care provider:

2. Why do the state’s numbers for COVID-19 cases not match the county numbers?

The state updates its numbers only once a day, by 11 am.  Those numbers are given to the state the night before.  Counties are now choosing to update their own numbers more often.

3. Where can I see Jeopardy on the days it’s interrupted by a news conference?

NEW episodes air each day at 3pm and the re-run episode is at 4pm. 

4. Is it safe to eat the meat from the packing plants like Tyson?

Coronavirus is generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently, there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. See CDC’s Food Safety site for more information.  U.S. Food and Drug Administrationexternal icon and the U.S. Department of Agricultureexternal icon.

5. How do I sign up for the state’s coronavirus testing program?

Go to to take the screening test.

6. Where are Iowa’s COVID-19 cases?

You can find this information on our web site or on the state’s website

7. How soon will the state reopen businesses?

Governor Reynolds is loosening social distancing measures in most, but not all, Iowa counties. For a list of what’s allowed to open and when go here:

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