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Iowa and Nebraska See COVID-19 Spikes

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Noon News 07.28.20

The House and Senate are working to find a compromise coronavirus relief bill now that the senate has unveiled its 1 trillion dollar package. The House passed a 3 trillion dollar bill in May.

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says the Senate proposal would about double the support to agriculture from the previous package. And the new measure accounts for losses from the processing bottleneck when slaughterhouses closed due to worker infections. Some farmers had expenses related to euthanizing and disposing of animals.

The Siouxland District Health Department today has reported 9 new cases of COVID-19 in Woodbury County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, as of 9:53 a.m.,  there are a total of 3,569 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county.The death toll remains at 47.

There has been an outbreak of coronavirus at Iowa's center for male juvenile offenders in Eldora. Television station KCCI reports that 12 students and five staff members at Eldora Boys State Training School have tested positive for the virus. Officials say all students and staff at the facility are now being tested. 

News of the outbreak comes as state health data released today showed seven more COVID-19 deaths and another 253 confirmed cases from the day before.

The latest health statistics for Nebraska show the state approaching 25,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. The state's online virus tracker shows 800 cases were confirmed Friday through Sunday, bringing the state's total to 24,618 since the outbreak began. The site shows no new deaths, leaving the state's total deaths at 316.