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News 6.15.20: One More C-19 Death in Dakota County, IA Legislative Update and Chris Doyle Out

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Health officials with Dakota County report one more person died of complications of COVID-19 for a total of 32 deaths.  Once again, information about age or gender isn’t being released.  There were two more positive cases in Dakota County for a total of 1,741.

Siouxland District Health recorded four more positive cases and no new deaths in Woodbury County  .  The number of people who died due to the coronavirus stands at 39.  The Iowa Coronavirus website shows there are now more than 3,000 positive cases in Woodbury County.

Statewide there are more than 24,000 positive cases and 654 deaths. There was one death recorded during a 24-hour period that ended at 10 this morning.

Nebraska logged more than 16,700 positive cases and 216 deaths. 

The South Dakota Department of Health confirmed 30 news cases for a total of more than 5,900 and 75 deaths.

There are 87 people hospitalized in the Rushmore State. 

Here in Sioux City, MercyOne and Unity-Point Health St. Luke’s say they are treating a total of 54 COVID-19 patients. That is a decrease of nine patients from the day before.

Nebraska bars, restaurants and other venues will soon be allowed to pack more people inside under relaxed rules Gov. Pete Ricketts outlined this afternoon.  

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The new rules take effect next Monday across 89 of the state’s 93 counties. Dakota County, the source of an outbreak at the Tyson Foods plant is not included.

Restaurants and bars will be allowed to use their full capacity as long as establishments continue practicing social distancing.

Gatherings of up to 10,000 people will be allowed as long as indoor venues remain at 50% of their capacity and outdoor venues limit attendance to 75% of their capacity.

Ricketts said Monday that the data on Nebraska hospital capacity and illnesses supports easing restrictions more.

An update on pools in Sioux City.  The city’s three facilities; Leif Erikson, Lewis and Riverside will open to the public, with restrictions, starting next Monday, June 22nd

The Parks and Rec Department says staff developed policies and procedure with Siouxland District Health to provide a safe environment for swimmers. 

There will be extra cleaning and limited capacity with shortened swimming sessions.  You can out find more about the opening of pools in Sioux City with a post on the Siouxland Public Media Facebook page.

Vice President Mike Pence plans to return to Iowa on Tuesday.  He will meet with Governor Kim Reynolds and tour Winnebago Industries. 

Pence visited Des Moines in early May during a spike in coronavirus cases in the state.

The Iowa Legislature adjourned for the year after a session shortened by the coronavirus pandemic.

Republicans pushed through amendments creating a 24-hour waiting period for abortions and another some say will hinder the ability of some voters to use mail-in ballots.

Lawmakers swiftly passed a measure restricting police use of chokeholds and makes other policing changes.

Governor Reynolds' own party denied her a constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of tens of thousands of felons.

Black Lives Matter leaders say Reynolds has pledged to sign an executive order to restore felon voting rights in time for the general election, but that it would not likely happen until later this summer.

They met with the governor at the state capitol this morning while dozens of protesters rallied outside the room chanting “Let them vote.”

Chris Doyle is out as Iowa’s football strength and conditioning coach. He and the university have agreed to a separation agreement paying him more than $1.1 million.  

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Doyle was accused by former players of mistreating African American players.

The university says a law firm has been hired to conduct an independent review of the football program.