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15. Iowa: Pandemic Containment
Last year, Iowa was one of the worst sites of Covid spread nationwide. In 2020, the state became one of the disease's worst hotspots — and not just nationally, but globally. The state's governor was hesitant to enforce rules curbing the spread, including never imposing a full stay-at-home order for the state, allowing bars and restaurants to open early, questioning the science behind masks, and generally downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic. Because of this, between November 23 and November 29, the state’s test-positivity rate reached 50 percent.