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More News 11.4.20: Record COVID-19 Levels and Forbes Recognizes Sioux City Community School District


Iowa saw the most new cases of COVID-19 in a 24-hour period since the start of the pandemic, with more than 2,800 new infections and 26 deaths.  That includes a man in Woodbury County between the ages of 61-and-80 for 101 deaths in all and 95 news cases.

Woodbury County’s 14-day test positivity rate is the highest since the state started releasing that data at 20%. 

Across the state, doctors and hospital administrators have recently sounded alarms that increasing virus infections in the state will soon overwhelm hospitals if not reversed. Many are already dealing with high rates of virus infections among hospital staff further reducing the ability to care for patients.

An emergency order for a coronavirus mask mandate is advancing in Sioux Falls. The City Council voted Tuesday night to send the ordinance on for a second reading on Nov. 10. The mandate would require face coverings in all indoor public places where 6 feet of social distancing isn’t possible. The proposal comes after weeks of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state. Mayor Paul TenHaken has long said that while he strongly encourages residents to wear masks but he believes any sort of law requiring them would be “unenforceable.” 

The Sioux City Community School District has been recognized as part of Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best-In-State Employers 2020.

The study took a look at atmosphere and development, working conditions, salaries and diversity. 

Two other school districts in the state also received the honor, the Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs School Districts.

News release from the Sioux City Community School District:

The Sioux City Community School District has been recognized as part of Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best-In-State Employers 2020. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. 

Forbes and Statista selected America’s Best-in-State Employers based on an independent survey of approximately 80,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 500 people in their U.S. operations. The surveys were administered using a series of online panels and a representative sample of the U.S. workforce. Direct and indirect employee recommendations were evaluated on a state level.

The study assessed each company according to Atmosphere & Development, Company Image, Working Conditions, Salaries & Wages, and Diversity. Based on the study results, the Sioux City Community School District is recognized as one of Forbes’s annual list of America’s Best-In-State Employers 2020.

“Our employees are passionate about their work, and it shows. Every day, Sioux City Community School District staff members make a difference in the lives of our students and community members,” said Dr. Paul Gausman, superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District. “I am proud to be part of this organization of outstanding people. It’s truly an honor to have the District recognized as a Best-in-State Employer, especially knowing the results are reflective of staff satisfaction.”

The awards list can currently be viewed on the Forbes website. Two additional school districts in Iowa also earned recognition: Cedar Rapids Community School District and Council Bluffs Community School District.

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