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Nine More C19 Deaths in IA; School Begins in Sioux City

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Another nine people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa, and there have been an additional 492 confirmed cases.  At 10 a.m. today, the state was reporting 1,048 total COVID-19-related deaths,  according to the state's Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website. More than 57 thousand Iowans have tested positive for the virus.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today that she has allocated approximately $100 million of federal CARES Act relief funds. The funds will cover a range of agricultural programs to offset the impact of COVID-19 on farmers, producers and agricultural industries.  

After more than five months of being out of school because of the Coronavirus, today students in the Sioux City Community school district returned to school on a hybrid model.  This morning school superintendent Paul Gausman welcomed students at Bryant Elementary school.  Gausman told reporters if the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate remained at or below the current level of 9.5 percent, students would be back in school full time on September 8th; the day after Labor Day.

“That is dependent on our metrics. We’ve got to look at a couple of things, we’ve got to look at the community positivity rate, most specifically in Woodbury and also the attendance of our students that we expect to be here .”

Neighboring Plymouth County has a nearly 21 percent positivity rate for COVID-19, but Gausman says students from there account for less than one percent of the district’s students.

Sioux City’s Mayor Bob Scott says American Airlines will delay plans to temporarily ground flights at the Sioux Gateway Airport.

At yesterday’s city council meeting Scott said, hopefully, Congress can make a deal for some financial assistance.

The move was set to begin on October 7th and run through at least November 3rd when funding from the CARES Act runs out.

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