COVID-19, Siouxland Updates, Future of School Closures, Stimulus Package

Mar 26, 2020

Siouxland Public Schools Superintendent Paul Gausman, courtesy Siouxland Community School District

On this edition of The Exchange, we talk with Tyler Brock of Siouxland District Health about the number of COVID-19 cases in Woodbury County and how to keep ourselves safe during the pandemic.

Tyler Brock, Deputy Director, Siouxland District Health, courtesy YouTube

We also speak with Sioux City Community Schools Superintendent Paul Gausman about the outlook for students, who are currently out of school because of the coronavirus, to get back to class this school year.

4th District Representative Steve King (R) Kiron

The Senate has passed a two-trillion dollar stimulus package to help employers, workers, and others who have been hard-hit by the economic slow down caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.  We talk with 4th District Representative Steve King of Kiron, about why he and several other Republicans voted against the original version of the bill in the House.

We also hear from Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill about how upcoming local elections will be carried out in the midst of the pandemic, and from a Sioux City Council member about his concerns citizens during this outbreak.  And Sioux City council member Alex Watters talks about the need for all us to keep safe during the pandemic, and what the city and state can do to help those who have special health needs. 

Gia Emory

Also, Gia Emory of the Blue Cafe and the Siouxland Conservatory of Music talks about adapting to doing business during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jim Schaap of Small Wonders here on Siouxland Public Media talks about the changes a century can make, and not make, in dealing with a pandemic.  Schaap will compare what life was like for those who suffered through the Spanish Flu pandemic one hundred years ago with life today during the coronavirus outbreak.