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How Iowa's virus battle began | COVID Cause & Effect, Ep. 1

Local 5 breaks down the novel coronavirus pandemic and how it has impacted Iowans over the last year.

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As of March 7, 2021, 339,544 Iowans have tested positive for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, better known as COVID-19

Recoveries total 320,055. 

5,558 Iowans have lost their battle with the virus.

But as the calendar turned from 2020 to 2021, the state's vaccine journey began.

More than 864,000 vaccine doses have been administered in Iowa, with 833,624 being given to Iowans. 

The road to recovery began immediately following Iowa's first three confirmed cases on March 8, 2020, but there is still much to do before any sense of normalcy is back. 

Local 5 is breaking down, from the beginning, the impact that COVID-19 has had on the state.

Watch "COVID Cause & Effect" on-air, online and on the We Are Iowa app Monday-Friday night at 6 p.m.