Gov. Kim Reynolds today launched the Test Iowa Initiative to expand testing capacity to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. The state is partnering with Utah-based Nomi Health and its subsidiary, Domo, which has already launched a similar initiative in Utah, Reynolds said in a news conference. Watch the news conference here

“Iowa is now the second state in the nation to deploy this ambitious initiative, and starting today I am encouraging Iowans to go to to complete their own health assessment,” Reynolds said in a statement. “This type of information will help Iowans assess eligibility for testing and further inform the state’s response to COVID-19.” 

The test, which uses a computer algorithm to recommend whether someone should be tested,  is part of a COVID-19 Crisis Command Center that Domo has set up for the state. The “robust data-driven solution” will enable state officials to get a single view of critical data from multiple sources, the company said in a news release. 

According to Domo, the command center will provide officials with critical data such as testing capacity and processing times, infections, transmission and recovery data, current hot spots for active cases, and entry tracking into the region.

The Test Iowa Initiative includes an assessment that was developed in coordination with the Iowa Department of Public Health to better inform Iowans of their current health status, whether or not they should get a COVID-19 test, and instructions on how to get tested. The assessment asks about existing symptoms and occupational considerations. 

The initiative’s success depends upon widespread testing statewide to be able to determine where hot spots exist and where drive-up testing locations will be placed. The first drive-up testing site for those who are recommended to receive a test through the assessment will be set up Saturday at the Iowa Events Center parking lot, Reynolds said. 

Reynolds also kicked off the #TestIowaChallenge initiative to encourage Iowans to go to and complete the assessment. The #TestIowaChallenge encourages all Iowans regardless of symptoms to take the assessment and get tested if needed. Those part of the essential workforce are especially encouraged to take the assessment and then get tested if needed. 

Watch Reynolds’ #TestIowaChallenge video here