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Newscast 04.20.22: FBI Investigates Death of Santee Sioux Woman; IA COVID Cases Show Slight Increase

Santee Sioux
Ashleigh Wabasha

New reported COVID-19 cases in Iowa have increased slightly, but the number of people hospitalized with the disease decreased slightly and the number of people requiring intensive care for COVID-19 complications dropped even further. There are now just two people occupying ICU beds in Iowa with COVID-19.

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That’s according to today’s coronavirus data release from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Pandemic rules have recently been relaxed. Masks are no longer required on airplanes and other forms of mass transportation. And now some people are eligible for a second booster shot. But COVID-19 data has remained relatively static in Iowa over the past month.

New reported cases ticked up this week, to 1,063, or about 152 per day, according to the state health department.

The Federal Bureau of investigation is investigating the death of a teenager on the Santee Sioux Indian Reservation.

Nineteen-year-old Ashleigh Wabasha, who is Native American, was last seen on March 27th and her body was found on Monday. The Omaha office of the FBI sent out a statement that says because of an on-going investigation, no future details on the case can be released.

The agency investigates the most serious crimes in Indian Country.

Nebraska ranks number six on the list of states with the most missing and murdered indigenous women, according to the Red Ribbon Skirt Society.

The Santee Sioux Reservation lands are located in Holt County, Nebraska.

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