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Newscast 02.04.22: Iowa COVID Numbers Down; Nebraska Medicine To Allow Non-Emergency Surgeries

Nebraska Medicine
Nebraska Medicine

COVID infections and hospitalizations are dropping in Iowa and Nebraska

State health officials reported today that COVID-19 hospitalizations and test positivity rates continue to drop.

741 Iowans are hospitalized statewide. That’s down from 794 on Wednesday.

105 of those patients are in the ICU.

The test positivity rate has dropped below 20 percent for the first time in nearly a month.

Officials are reporting 18.9 percent of tests have come back positive in the past 14 days.

According to state data, more than 57 percent of all Iowans are fully vaccinated.

A Nebraska hospital system has announced it will begin resuming non-emergency surgeries and procedures that had been postponed last month due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Beginning Monday, Nebraska Medicine will move out of its “crisis standard of care” plan enacted on Jan. 13, the health system said in a statement today. The plan, which put a hold on most non-emergency procedures, was made as the omicron variant of the coronavirus saw a spike in demand for hospital beds,

In the past week, there has been an overall decrease in COVID-19 admissions,

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem yesterday a bill that will ban transgender girls and college-age women from playing in school sports leagues that match their gender identity, making South Dakota the 10th state to enact such a law.

Noem is the first governor to sign such a ban this year.

The Iowa Supreme Court today rejected a Black man’s argument that he was denied his right to an impartial jury because of a flawed process that excluded Black people and resulted in only white jurors.

It is the second time the state’s high court heard an appeal from Kenneth Lee Lilly, who was convicted for helping a relative rob a southeast Iowa bank in 2016. Lilly alleged that his right to an impartial jury under both the U.S. and Iowa constitutions was violated because neither his jury nor the group from which his jury was selected contained any Black people.

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