Rep. Axne Welcomes Opening of Council Bluffs ‘Test Iowa’ Site Next Week

May 22, 2020
Press Release
Rep. Axne has repeatedly called for Council Bluffs testing site

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) issued the following statement on Gov. Reynolds’ announcement that Test Iowa will open a COVID-19 testing site in Council Bluffs next week.

“I’m glad that the Governor has heard our call for Pottawattamie County and the southwestern region of our state to get a dedicated Test Iowa site.

Increasing test availability across our state is an essential part of our fight against COVID-19 – and with 193 positive cases and climbing, families from the Council Bluffs-Omaha metropolitan area have voiced deep concerns with me about the safety of their community.

I hope that this new test site will be accompanied by a clear explanation on what plans are in place to keep the site open long enough to serve all who have requested a test – as well as robust  transparency on any other ongoing issues with the initiative.”

Rep. Axne has specifically called for a Council Bluffs testing site, citing the hours of travel required for anyone in area to reach a current Test Iowa site.

Earlier this week, Rep. Axne specifically mentioned the growing positive cases in Pottawattamie County in a letter to Governor Reynolds about the Test Iowa initiative. The letter was coauthored by Rep. Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) and Rep. Dave Loebsack (IA-02).