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Dakota County Adds Five COVID-19-Related Deaths

Dakota County added five more COVID-19-related deaths yesterday, bringing its total to 76. The Northeast Nebraska county has 4,090 total cases of the virus and a seven-day rolling positivity rate of 3.75%, according to the Dakota County Health Department.  No other Siouxland counties reported new COVID-19-related deaths on yesterday. 

Woodbury County added three new cases of the virus, bringing its case total to 15,006, according to Siouxland District Health Department. Its 14-day positivity rate on tests was 3.75%. Health officials have said anything above 5% is a concern. District Health reports that 12 patients were hospitalized yesterday at either MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center or UnityPoint Health -- St. Luke's, which was unchanged from Sunday.
As of yesterday afternoon, 24,790 people in Woodbury County had received both shots of a two-dose vaccine, while another 2,885 had received a single-dose vaccine, according to state statistics. That's nearly 27% of the county's population.
A House committee has approved legislation to forbid Iowa businesses, schools, and government facilities from denying entry to people who haven't had the Covid vaccine. In addition, all government entities in Iowa would be barred from issuing ID cards with a person's vaccination history.
Denison Republican Representative Steven Holt said employment, travel, and normal participation in society shouldn't be decided by whether someone has been vaccinated.<--break->
The Sioux City Community School District will participate in the Summer Food Service Program, beginning June 7 and running through July 30, with some sites serving meals until Aug. 13. Places will be closed on July 5. Meals will be available Monday through Friday without charge for children ages 1-18. Each child will receive a breakfast snack and a lunch sack to be eaten off-site. 

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