It’s not the Des Moines of my boyhood

Scallops served with roasted corn, peppers, corn Veloute, crispy La Quericia prosciutto and collard greens at Clyde’s Fine Diner in Des Moines.

A work trip last week took me to Des Moines for four days.

It was my first such trip since February and it felt good to be on the road again. But it is sobering to think about because Des Moines, the state capital in Iowa, which is in Polk County, has become a hot spot for COVID-19. As of Saturday, there had been 2,309 positive cases reported in Iowa’s largest county over the past seven days, bringing the total to 13,119. It has a positive test rate of 10%, a figure that steadily increased every day last week.

Things have become serious enough in Iowa that Kim Reynolds, the state’s Republican governor, last week ordered the temporary closure of bars, taverns, breweries and nightclubs in six counties, including Polk.

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