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Gov. Kim Reynolds, Dr. David Williams of UnityPoint, and Dr. Hijinio Carreon of MercyOne spoke at a news conference on Thursday.

Des Moines Register

Des Moines hospitals are already jammed with COVID-19 patients, but the number could double again by Thanksgiving unless Iowans take immediate precautions to help curb the outbreak, an expert warned local leaders Tuesday. 

“We’re at a critical point,” said Dr. Meghan Schaeffer, an epidemiologist working as a consultant for Polk County. 

On Tuesday morning, 195 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Des Moines hospitals, more than double the number from two weeks ago, Schaeffer said.