Officials with the Sioux City Police Department say a suspected murder-suicide claimed the lives of a Sioux City couple yesterday.

Investigators say evidence at the scene shows that 60-year-old Nicholas Socknat may be responsible for the death of 51-year-old Kelli Socknat before shooting himself. The two lived together at a home near Morningside Elementary School.

Spokesperson Sgt. Jeremy McClure says there are no reports of disturbances involving the couple. However, given the circumstances detectives consider this a case an of domestic violence.

Iowa Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health shows nearly a half million people have received the COVID-19 vaccine. One more Iowan has died for a total of 5,675 deaths and 216 in Woodbury County. The number of new cases has fallen to 138 with nine in Woodbury County, according to Siouxland District Health. 

Siouxland District Health recorded 8 new cases today with a 14-day test positivity rate of 7.5%. There are 18 patients being treated at Sioux City’s two hospitals. Positivity rates and hospitalizations have stayed almost the same for the past few days. Statewide 171 are hospitalized.

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Yesterday on Siouxland Public Media you heard from Sioux City School Board Member Dan Greenwell. Greenwell attended a finance committee meeting this week where the school district outlined how it plans to spend COVID-19 CARES Act money. Greenwell expressed concern the district was spending a majority of the millions of dollars awarded toward virtual schooling. Today, we wanted to hear from the superintendent of the school district. Here is Dr. Paul Gausman.

All Iowans 65 and older are included in Iowa’s next wave of  COVID-19 vaccinations, which begin Feb. 1.  Governor Kim Reynolds said at her news conference today that this second tier will eventually immunize more than 530,000 Iowans. Initially, state health officials limited vaccinations to people to 75 and older.  

The second phase rollout will offer vaccines to high priority groups like frontline essential workers, first responders and teachers. But Reynolds said the state could not open up vaccines to all Iowans yet.  

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Iowa has reported nearly 3,000 new confirmed positive coronavirus cases in the last three days.

The state Department of Public Health reported 1,595 confirmed cases Saturday, another 915 on Sunday and 508 new confirmed cases Monday.

During that time, the department reported 13 more deaths from the coronavirus. There were 480 people being treated in Iowa hospitals for the virus, just below a record high set last week.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she is allocating $100 million in federal funds to help livestock producers, the biofuels industry, beginning farmers and small-scale meat processors recover from the coronavirus pandemic. As many Iowa farmers deal with the impact of a massive storm and continue to suffer from lower demand for corn and soybeans and extremely low prices, Reynolds says she will use money from the federal CARES Act to programs to help agriculture related businesses and farmers.

Another nine people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa, and there have been an additional 492 confirmed cases.  At 10 a.m. today, the state was reporting 1,048 total COVID-19-related deaths,  according to the state's website. More than 57 thousand Iowans have tested positive for the virus.


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The state of Iowa reports another 503 cases of the coronavirus as of this afternoon. State health officials also report six additional deaths. The state has had more than 39,000 cases of the COVID-19 and and nearly 800 deaths.   Polk County has the highest number of cases, with more than 8,000 and Woodbury County has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases with 3, 472. 

Woodbury County added 20 new cases of the coronavirus today. There were no new deaths yesterday.

Los funcionarios de salud en el condado de Dakota informan una muerte más debido a complicaciones de COVID-19 con un total de 38. Hubo cuatro casos nuevos confirmados por casi 1,800. En el condado de Woodbury, hubo tres casos nuevos y no hubo nuevas muertes con un total de 44 muertes y 3,259 casos positivos.


 La gobernadora Kim Reynolds dice que el aumento en los casos de coronavirus entre los jóvenes de Iowa es preocupante. Ella dice que incluso si no se enferman gravemente, pueden poner en riesgo a las personas más vulnerables.

Các quan chức y tế tại quận Dakota báo cáo thêm một trường hợp tử vong do biến chứng của Covid-19 với tổng số 38. Có bốn trường hợp nhiễm bệnh mới được xác nhận với gần 1,800. Tại quận Woodbury, có ba trường hợp nhiễm bệnh mới và không có trường hợp tử vong mới trong tổng số 44 trường hợp tử vong và 3,259 trường hợp dương tính.

Thống Đốc Kim Reynold nói rằng sự gia tăng các trường hợp nhiễm vi khuẩn corona ở những người dân Iowa trẻ tuổi là mối lo ngại. Cô ấy nói ngay cả khi họ không bị bệnh nặng, họ có thể khiến những người có vấn đề sức khỏe gặp nguy hiểm.

Saraakiisha caafimaadka ee Gobolka Dakota ayaa soo weriyey hal dhimasho oo dheeraad ah oo ay ugu wacan tahay dhibaatooyinka ka dhashey COVID-19 oo ah 38. Waxaa jira afar kiis oo cusub oo la xaqiijiyay in ku dhow 1,800. Gobolka Woodbury, waxaa ka dhacay seddex kiis oo cusub mana jirin dhimasho cusub wadarta guud ee 44 dhimashada iyo 3,259 xaaladood oo togan.

Ogeessi fayyaa kan Dakota County sababa COVID-19 namni tokko dabalataan du’uu gabaasan, waliigalatti namni due 38 gaheera. Namni haarawa qabame ammo 4 yoo ta’u, namni waliigalatti qabame 1,800 gaheera. magaala Woodbury County keessati namni haarawa qabame 3 yoo ta’u namni haarawa du’e hin jiruu. waliigalatti namni du’e 44 yoo ta’u ,waliigalatti namni qabame ammoo 3,259 gaheera.

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New Coronavirus cases continue to show up in Iowa and Woodbury County. Iowa today has 307 new cases, and 21, 918 statewide and reported six new deaths for a total of 607.  Woodbury County has added 17 cases of COVID-19, for a total 2, 931 and 37 deaths, but no new deaths today. 

South Dakota reported three new deaths from COVID-19 today, and 52 new cases, according to the Department of Health. The state has had 68 deaths from COVID-19 and 5,523 cases of the virus, 

On The Exchange this week, we talk about the latest developments concerning the coronavirus in Siouxland and Iowa.  Our guests are Dr. Michael Kafka of Unity Point Health-St. Lukes who will talk about efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how well the hospitals are prepared to treat it.'

Also we talk with.Dr. Amy Rief-Elks.  She is the Program Director of the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation Family Residency Program.  She shared her thoughts about the shortage of both doctors and protective gear during the pandemic. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health reporting 73 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the state total of confirmed cases to 497.

Fifty-seven counties have confirmed cases including the first case in Clay County.  There were two more confirmed in Sioux County for a total of 15 in Siouxland.

Testing is still quite limited in the state, so the actual number of cases is likely much bigger and more widespread.

One more Iowan has died from the novel coronavirus, the seventh death in the state.