Newscast 03.30.22: COVID Numbers in Iowa Steady, but Declining Gradually; Iowa Sends Body Armour to Ukraine; Iowa Education Bill Passes the House, Calls for Transparency
The Iowa House has passed a bill that includes parts of Governor Kim Reynolds’ priority education bill.
It requires public and charter schools to provide an online catalog of library books.
Teachers would have to post what materials they use in class, which they could do through platforms like Canvas or Infinite Campus. If a new book or video is used, the list would have to be updated.
Iowa is sending 146 helmets and 714 bulletproof vests to try to help protect Ukrainians who are fighting against the Russian invasion.
Governor Kim Reynolds says Iowa’s sister state in Ukraine asked for vests and helmets, and Iowa law enforcement agencies donated retired supplies.
The vests and helmets are expired according to manufacturers’ recommendations. But law enforcement officials say they’re still effective and are much better than no protection.
Federal officials are reporting as of today (Wednesday), 74 Iowans are hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s up slightly from last week’s number of 67, but it is still nearing a record low for state hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic.
State officials confirmed 582 positive tests in the past week and have added an additional 43 Iowans to the state’s COVID death count.
According to state data, over 58 percent of all Iowans are fully vaccinated against the virus.
This week, federal officials updated COVID-19 vaccination guidance. They now recommend certain immunocompromised individuals and those over 50 get a second booster dose of an mRNA vaccine at least four months after their last shot.
Siouxland area employers added 600 non-farm jobs in February as the unemployment rate tumbled to 3.1 percent. That’s according to a new state report released Tuesday. The number of metro residents looking for work has remained at near-historic lows for months. And local businesses are still struggling to fill key positions in the midst of an acute worker shortage.
The seasonally unadjusted jobless rate was 3.8 percent in January,
From Monday, April 4 until some time in 2023, motorists in Sioux City can expect to see various segments of Stone Park Boulevardclosed as engineers work to reconstruct roadways and sidewalks from West Clifton Avenue to Broken Kettle Road, according to the Sioux City Journal.
The first phase of the entire project will close Stone Park Boulevard from West Clifton Avenue to Aspenwood Street That work is expected to wind down in September of this year.