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Did Iowa protect its meatpackers in pandemic?
27th June 2021 • The Gazette Fact Checker • The Gazette
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Fox News’s Sean Hannity talked with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds May 26 as part of a town hall meeting in Nashville with six Republican governors, including Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu.

Hannity praised Iowa’s response to COVID-19 outbreaks in the state’s meatpacking plants and asked Reynolds to talk about it.

“Well, first of all, my farmers and producers produce over 10 percent of the nation's food supplies,” Reynolds started.

That’s the first statement we’re going to check.

She continued by saying: “Not only did we provide the PPE, but we were able to test. Those that were positive were quarantined” and “we were able to keep our processing plants up and going and I mean, and not back up hog production for our producers.”

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This Fact Checker was researched and written by Erin Jordan of The Gazette. The episode is hosted by Erin Jordan and features The Gazette's Michaela Ramm, John Steppe, and Marissa Payne. The podcast is produced by Stephen M. Colbert and music is Lobby Time by Kevin MacLeod