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Newscast 12.17.21: Windstorm Really A Derecho; COVID Deaths Up in Woodbury County

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Wednesday night’s storm system that brought widespread damage and tornadoes to Iowa is officially being declared a derecho.

The National Weather Service has confirmed 13 tornadoes hit Iowa. Six of them were considered strong, with winds of up to 120 mph. Nearly half of Iowans are eligible for state aid to help rebuild from this week's winter windstorm.

Some Sioux City Community School District families kept their children home today. That’s After a social media video threatened school safety across the country. the Sioux City Community School District said yesterday that particular post did not originate within our school district and it has been working closely with law enforcement to address any concerning posts that may be targeted toward our schools.

Out of an abundance of caution, local law enforcement has increased its presence at district school buildings today.

While the number of new cases of COVID-19 decreased and hospitalizations remained stable, the death toll rose significantly in Woodbury County last week.

Thirteen additional deaths were added the week beginning Dec. 6, bringing the county's toll to 276 since the pandemic began in the spring of 2020 and 88 so far this year, according to the latest weekly report from Siouxland District Health Department.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Covid patient count in all Iowa hospitals exceeded 800 this week, a record high for the year.

The unemployment rate in Iowa fell sightly to 3.7% in November from 3.9% in October as jobs were added in food service, professional and business services, health care and construction.

Nebraska's unemployment rate dropped once again to the lowest level on record in November, beating the previous national record it set the prior month, according to labor statistics released Friday.

The state Department of Labor reported a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 1.8% last month, down from 1.9% in October. No other state has seen its rate drop below 2% since data collection began in 1976.

Nebraska has maintained its status as the state with the lowest rate through much of the pandemic. The October rate was down slightly from the September rate of 2%.

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