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NEWS 4.23.21: SCCSD C-19 Trend Report/Vaccination Clinic, Food Giveaway, Farmers Market, and More

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The state of Iowa added five more deaths due to complications of COVID-19 and more than 400 new cases, including 18 more in Woodbury County. More than 5,900 Iowans have died due to the illness since the start of the pandemic.

Siouxland District Health is planning to hold vaccination clinics at Sioux City’s three high schools on Wednesday.

A letter to parents from Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman says the clinics will not be open to the public, but offered to students and staff in the district.

The vaccine is optional.

The school district’s weekly COVID-19 update showed no new cases of the coronavirus with students and staff. There are 200 in quarantine.

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Lt. Governor Adam Gregg attended a vaccination clinic this afternoon at the Siouxland Expo Center. The native of Hawarden was joined by retired NFL star Dallas Clark. Both received their vaccines in Sioux City. 

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Former NFL Player Dallas Clark and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg

Clark, who is an Iowa native, played for the Indianapolis Colts. Both are trying to encourage more people to get the vaccine.

This morning ISU Extension and Outreach along with the Community Action Agency hosted a food giveaway at the Lewis and Clark Stadium Parking lot.

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More than 1,250 food boxes were handed out as part of the USDA’s “Farmers to Families” Food Box Program. An official says many in our community are struggling with hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The assistance program is part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

The Sioux City Farmers Market plans to open for business at 8 a.m. on Wednesday May 5th in the parking lot west of the Tyson Events Center. The market will also be open on Saturdays through the end of October.

News release from the Sioux City Public Library:

Appointments no longer needed at Sioux City Public Library

Sioux City Public Library's Aalfs Downtown location returns to regular hours on Monday, May 3. Library users will also have the convenience of accessing this location without an appointment, bringing the Library one step closer to fully reopening.

"We are pleased to announce this next step in our reopening plan," said Library Director Helen Rigdon. "Our Downtown location generally sees the most traffic, and it will be a great benefit for our patrons using this location to have walk-in service without the need to call ahead and make an appointment."

Computer sessions at both the Aalfs Downtown Library and Morningside Branch will also no longer require an appointment beginning Monday, May 3. While meeting rooms won't be available to the public on this date, most seating will be returned to Library spaces. The Library hopes to continue adding back amenities in the coming months.

Starting Monday, May 3, an overview of Library hours and services are as follows:

  • Aalfs Downtown Library (529 Pierce Street):
    • Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm, Monday through Wednesday 9 am - 8 pm, Thursday through Saturday 9 am - 5 pm.
    • Walk-in library service available
       
  • Morningside Branch Library (4005 Morningside Avenue):
  • Monday through Wednesday 10 am - 6 pm, Thursday through Friday 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
  • Walk-in library service available
     
  • Monday through Friday 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Curbside Pickup service only; call ahead for an appointment (712-255-2926)
  • Perry Creek Branch Library (2912 Hamilton Blvd):

As the pandemic wears on, Library users are encouraged to practice social distancing and limit their time in the Library to an hour. Protective masks or face coverings are required in all City buildings, including the Sioux City Public Library.
And, today the Sioux City Public Library announced the downtown location will return to regular hours on Monday, May 3rd. The library hopes to continue adding more amenities in the upcoming months. Patron are encouraged to practice social distancing and limit their time in the library to one hour. Masks or face coverings are required.

News release on the Farmers Market:

Sioux City Farmers Market Opens May 5th

The Sioux City Farmers Market will open for business at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5th at the corner of Pearl Street and Tri-View Avenue on the parking lot suite of the Tyson Events Center.

The Sioux City Farmers Market returns this year following twelve very successful and growing years. Organizers of the Market are pleased to have a core group of vendors from 2019 & 2020 returning and some interesting new products that will continue to help the Market grow as a twice-weekly event and marketplace.

Most of the vendors have started their crops in greenhouses and there will be a variety of products offered early in the season. One of the most popular items in the early weeks of the Market will be starter plants for sale for the public’s own garden, leafy greens, root vegetables, asparagus, meats, honey, and handcrafted items.

All vendors at the Sioux City Farmers market make, grow, breed or produce the items that they sell.

In partnership with Spectra Management Service, Tyson Events Center, and the City of Sioux City, the Market will again be located at the corner of Pearl Street and Tri View Avenue on the Tyson Center parking lot beginning May 5th and running each week until October 30th on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Buy Fresh Buy Local – Siouxland, Inc. (BFBL-S) is the non-profit operator of the Market and is a member of both the Iowa Buy Fresh Buy Local Initiative and the Food Routes organization, bringing fresh, locally produced products to the tables in Siouxland.

The Sioux City Farmers Market is supported by Presenting Sponsors UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s and Great Southern Bank who are returning for their 11th season as sponsors.
Vendor regulations and applications are available on the Sioux City Farmers Market web site at www.farmersmarketsiouxcity.com.

ALGONA, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Medical Examiners Office says a 17-year-old girl died of carbon monoxide poisoning after she helped clean a hog confinement building in Kossuth County. Victoria Marie Parra-Lerdo died Monday night after being found unconscious at the rural Swea City facility, which she was helping to power wash and clean. The autopsy released Thursday said inadequate ventilation caused Parra-Lerdo to be overcome by the carbon monoxide fumes. Parra-Lerdo’s mother owns the company that was hired to clean the facility. 

An Iowa electric power provider has announced new plans for a huge solar farm in northern Iowa. Central Iowa Power Cooperative CEO Bill Cherrier tells television station KCCI that the farm will be located in Linn County near Coggon and will provide 100 more megawatts of power to Central Iowa Power Cooperative members. Cherrier says the solar field will begin operations in 2022, and is projected to create 350 construction jobs at its peak. News of the new project follows the utility's construction of a more than 300,000-panel solar power farm south of Wapello. The 100-megawatt Wapello Solar Facility covering 800 acres in Louisa County began delivering power to the Iowa grid last month.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the state of Iowa challenging a 2019 law that allows Medicaid to deny payment for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents. The lawsuit was filed in state court Thursday on behalf of Aiden Vasquez, who sought surgery under Medicaid coverage and was denied by the Iowa Department of Human Services. ACLU lawyers say they will argue that denying the surgery to transgender Iowans violates equal protection rights guaranteed in the Iowa Constitution. They also will claim a 2019 change to state civil rights law saying governments in Iowa can deny paying for the surgery is unconstitutional and unenforceable because it intentionally discriminates against transgender Iowans.

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