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INTERVIEW: Dr. Larry Volz of MercyOne on COVID-19 Surge, Staffing, Masks, Treatments and Vaccines

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This week, hospitalizations in Sioux City reached an all-time high at Sioux City’s two facilities.  There were a combined 108 patients at UnityPoint-Health St. Luke’s and MercyOne on December 1, 2020. The number did dip to 88 today.

The top doctor at MercyOne in Sioux City provided Siouxland Public Media with an update current conditions, social media rumors, staffing, schools, treatments, vaccines and more.

Here's MercyOne Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Volz. 

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DR. LARRY VOLZ OF MERCYONE SIOUXLAND TALKS ABOUT CURRENT CONDITIONS, MASKS AND MORE

Dr. Volz says virutal learning would be the best way to reduce the risk of COVID-19.  However, he says it's up to individual school districts to decide what to do.

Today, the Sioux City Community School District sent out its weekly report that also covered Thanksgiving week.  Each week showed five students tested positive for COVID0-19 and three staff.  Numbers of cases continue to go down. Two classrooms were put into Emergency Virtual Response learning at East Middle and Morningside STEM Elementary.

News release from the Sioux City Community School District: 

The Sioux City Community School District is committed to maintaining transparent communication with our local community and families. The information contained in this message is also posted on the District website for staff, families, and the community members to access.

To ensure you have the facts, each Friday, the communications department is sharing a report with you in the early afternoon. This report will detail the number of reported positive cases for staff and students that have been in attendance at school during the week. Because we are providing a report each Friday, the District will not address individual inquiries on a case-by-case basis. Our work to offer weekly reports allows us to work with you to share timely information, without inferring information about individuals.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday and break, this week’s report also includes numbers for last week. Here are the reports for the two weeks, respectively.

For the week of November 23 – November 25:

The Sioux City Community School District has 5 reports of positive COVID-19 cases from students that attended school.

The Sioux City Community School District has 3 reports of positive COVID-19 cases from staff that attended school.

For the week of November 30 – December 4:

The Sioux City Community School District has 5 reports of positive COVID-19 cases from students that attended school.

The Sioux City Community School District has 3 reports of positive COVID-19 cases from staff that attended school.

For a list of buildings with reported COVID-19 positive cases this week, please visit our website.

Emergency Response Virtual Learning/Closures During the Week of November 30:
• East Middle School: Multi-Grade Classroom
• Morningside STEM Elementary: Preschool Classroom

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DR. LARRY VOLZ OF MERCYONE SIOUXLAND TALKS ABOUT HOPE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC WITH NEW TREATMENTS AND VACCINES - AIRED DURING ATC 12.4.20 - 5:44PM

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