Viewers of the Oct. 3 U.S. Senate debate between incumbent Republican Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield heard plenty about the novel coronavirus.
WHO-13 News political director Dave Price asked Greenfield if the $26 million spent on Test Iowa would’ve been better spent on the rapid tests each candidate took before the debate.
While criticizing the state’s efforts, Greenfield said, “Iowa ranks 47th in the nation in testing.”
Greenfield did not specify during the debate in which metric of testing Iowa ranks 47th. The Fact Checker reached out to Greenfield’s campaign, which referred to an Oct. 1 Des Moines Register article.
The article cited a New York Times interactive report that used data from The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic and the Harvard Global Health Institute’s “testing target” — how many tests the state is giving versus how many the target says the state should be giving.