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Polk and Woodbury County Lead the State in COVID-19 Cases

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The state of Iowa reports another 503 cases of the coronavirus as of this afternoon. State health officials also report six additional deaths. The state has had more than 39,000 cases of the COVID-19 and and nearly 800 deaths.   Polk County has the highest number of cases, with more than 8,000 and Woodbury County has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases with 3, 472. 

Woodbury County added 20 new cases of the coronavirus today. There were no new deaths yesterday.

Congress is back in session after its summer recess and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says one of the top priorities is crafting another incarnation of the CARES Act to help businesses and individuals weather the continuing storm of coronavirus.

Grassley says direct payments of up to $1,200 to nearly every American are again being discussed, as are a host of other elements designed to stimulate the economy. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lewis and Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Project has implemented several COVID-19 safety precautions.

Visitors will now be required to wear a mask and remain six feet apart from one another, In addition, building occupancy will be limited to 37 people and some displays have been removed or closed.

Friends, family, and community members will honor the late Congressman Berkley Bedell this weekend with an event on West Lake Okoboji.

Bedell was a businessman who served in Congress for 12 years. He died in December at the age of 98. His son Tom Bedell said a memorial service had been planned this past weekend, but it had to be canceled due to the pandemic and a boat parade seemed the perfect tribute.

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