185th Refueling Wing Assists Storm Victims, Back to School Update and C-19 Reporting Flaw Update
President Donald Trump has promised to approve $180 million in aid for damaged Iowa homes and infrastructure and additional funding for farmers who were affected by an unusually powerful storm that tore through the state last week. Governor Kim Reynolds requested $4 billion. The Iowa National Guard also mobilized troops from across the state, including here in Sioux City. SPM’s Sheila Brummer has more.
Students attending Sioux City Community Schools next week will see fewer students in the classroom. The district is using a hybrid model for at least the first two weeks.
Superintendent Paul Gausman says just under 30 percent of the district’s more-than 14-thousand students will learn online.
Gausman says the numbers are surprising because the students are from different grade levels and schools all over the district.
Students will learn in-person two days a week, and at home for the other two. Teachers will be in their buildings for on Wednesday to help students if needed. The Iowa Department of Education approved the plan.
A spokesperson for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says the state is correcting a major flaw in its coronavirus data that backdated thousands of positive and negative test results.
Pat Garrett said says the state’s data system had been incorrectly recording the results of people who were tested on multiple occasions. He said an individual’s most recent result, whether positive or negative, was “unintentionally attributed to the date of their first test.” That means thousands of recent results were being recorded in the system as having occurred in March, April, May and June.
Siouxland District Health is no longer providing daily reports of new COVID-19 cases in Woodbury County after concerns surrounding that glitch in the state’s reporting system.
The state of Iowa passed a grime milestone on Wednesday. More than 1,000 Iowans have died from complications of COVID-19, 16 more in a 24-hour period. There were 600 new cases reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health as well.
Meanwhile, the Dakota County Health Department logged two additional positive tests for 1,929 in all. The number of fatalities remains at 42.