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Iowa doctor reacts to record-high COVID-19 hospitalization numbers

A new record for COVID-19-related hospitalizations has been set eight different times in October alone, with the latest showing 561 Iowans in the hospital.

GRINNELL, Iowa — Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported 561 COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Iowa, setting a new record for the eighth time in October alone.

We sat down with Jennifer Havens with UnityPoint Health's Grinnell Regional Medical Center, who gave her insights on why this might be happening, how hospital staffs are handling it, and what can be done to bring those numbers down.