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NEWS 2.3.21: Winter Weather Returns, Walgreens Vaccines for Woodbury County, and More

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More winter weather will move through parts of Siouxland tonight through tomorrow. The National Weather Service Office says this fast-moving system could bring a couple of inches of snow to the area with strong winds up to 45 miles per hour.

A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect overnight through noon tomorrow for a large part of Siouxland, including Woodbury County, Dakota, and Union Counties.

A small part of eastern Siouxland will be under a blizzard warning, that includes Emmet, Palo Alto and Pocahontas counties. After this storm system moves through expect the coldest air so far this year with temperatures dropping below zero this weekend.

The state of Iowa recorded 56 COVID-19 related deaths and more than 2,000 new cases in a 24-hour period.  These number could include backdated results.

The death toll in Iowa is reaching closer to 5,000 with a current total of 4,975, including one more in Woodbury County, for 198 in all.

The 14-day test positivity rate locally did go up slightly for a current level of 7.8% and two dozen more cases.

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced a partnership with Walgreens in Woodbury County to supply unused vaccines originally allocated long-term care facilities. Statewide there will be a total of 32,000 doses for Iowans age 65 and older.

Qualified individuals are urged to register online with Walgreens.

Two local vaccination clinics planned for next week in Woodbury County quickly filled up.

News release from the IDPH:

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), in partnership with Walgreens and CVS announce the availability of COVID-19 vaccine for approximately 32,000 Iowans age 65 and older. Unused vaccines which were originally allocated to the Long-Term Care Pharmacy Partnership Program have been redistributed to a limited number of Walgreens and CVS stores in select Iowa counties, and reserved for Iowans age 65 and older. This is a one-time, additional allocation of vaccine.

Iowans age 65 and older can register online for a vaccine appointment at a participating Walgreens or CVS location near them. Appointments are limited to the number of vaccines available at each location.

If you are not able to secure one of these vaccine appointments, be assured that more vaccines are coming to the state on a weekly basis.

Walgreens

Beginning February 3Iowans age 65 and older can sign up to schedule an appointment at a Walgreens store location in one of the counties listed below. Register online here. View the registration guide here.

  • Black Hawk
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Des Moines
  • Dubuque
  • Johnson
  • Linn
  • Polk
  • Pottawattamie
  • Scott
  • Woodbury

 
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton University has unveiled a plan to build a $75 million medical school facility, much of the funding for which will come from C.L. and Rachel Werner of Omaha. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Creighton's president, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, announced the plan during his annual convocation Tuesday, saying the planned health sciences facility will serve as the new front door for the Creighton School of Medicine. The building will be named the C.L. Werner Center for Health Sciences Education. Werner is the founder of Werner Enterprises, an Omaha-based trucking company. The building will house programs for medicine, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy and other disciplines.

A woman was injured when she was struck by a vehicle that sheriff’s deputies chased through Lincoln and Turner counties. Sheriff’s officials say three people in the stolen pickup truck were arrested after a five-hour standoff Tuesday. During the pursuit, the pickup drove through a rural property and hit the woman on the driveway of a residence. There's no word on her condition. Once back on the road, a Highway Patrol trooper forced the pickup into a ditch and cornfield where the pursuit ended and the standoff began. The suspects eventually surrendered. Officials say methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in the pickup.

Democrat Rita Hart has filed a response to Republican Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ effort to toss out her challenge of the race for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

Last month, Miller-Meeks filed a motion to dismiss Hart’s petition to the U.S. House to review the race. Miller-Meeks has argued the case should be dropped because Hart didn’t first appeal to a state court.

In a response filed yesterday (Tuesday), Hart argues the House has the authority to conduct a recount and the duty to see that lawful votes are tallied. Her campaign has identified 22 ballots that voters say were legally cast but left out of the count.

Administrators for middle school in Omaha are apologizing over the display of an Adolf Hitler quote in a school hallway earlier this week. The school sent an email to parents, students and staff Monday for the display of the quote, which read, “The man who has no sense of history is like a man with no ears or eyes.” The quote was posted on an eighth grade hallway marker board as part of a running “quote of the day” exercise. A district spokeswoman says school officials will meet with the Anti-Defamation League and provide staff with additional training.

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