Covid 19 cases and vaccinations are slowly rising in Woodbury County. As of facebook posting on Wednesday, Siouxland District Health said for the week beginning August 30th, there were 287 new cases of COVID-19 in Woodbury County, and a positivity rate of 13.2 percent. There were 17 people hospitalized in Siouxland due to covid 19 and the vaccination rate is at 43.4 percent.
Siouxland District Health says 29 percent of those new cases have been fully vaccinated. Another 5-10 percent are partially vaccinated. Siouxland District Health said on Facebook that knowing how many people have had COVID before is more difficult, and it's not something they are tracking at this time.
Children aged 17 and younger made up 29 percent of the positive COVID-19 cases reported in Iowa this past week. That cohort remains the top age group for positive cases. Also, the percent of positive cases among Iowans 17 and younger, around 22 percent of reported cases this past week, and has been steadily increasing over the past month, according to a Cedar Rapids Gazette analysis of state coronavirus data. All 99 counties in Iowa were at a high level of community transmission of the virus as of Tuesday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A group of Iowa parents were in court today asking a federal judge to block enforcement of Iowa’s law that bans mask mandates in schools. An attorney for the state claimed in the hearing that the ban does not apply to all mask mandates. The parents in the lawsuit have children with serious health problems related to their disabilities, such as heart conditions, epilepsy and recurring respiratory infections.
There was no immediate ruling on the injunction request at the hearing.