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Governor Pete Ricketts has ended the COVID-19 State of Emergency in Nebraska.

The State of Emergency started on March 13th of last year. A majority of orders will expire at the end of the month.

During a news conference Monday morning Ricketts says currently only 27 are hospitalized in the state and it is time to return to normal after the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Ricketts says Test Nebraska will end on July 31st with the final day for free testing available for July 18th.

Iowa Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports no additional deaths due to complications of COVID-19. 6,072 Iowans have died since the start of the pandemic, with 229 in Woodbury County.

There were more than 40 new cases statewide with two more in Woodbury County.

The 14-test positivity rate locally is just under the statewide rate of 2%. This shows low community spread.

A jury has found a farm laborer guilty of murder in the abduction and killing of a University of Iowa student who vanished while out for a run in 2018.

The jury on Friday found Cristhian Bahena Rivera guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Mollie Tibbetts, a friendly and bright 20-year-old who was studying to become a child psychologist.

Associated Press

The head of Sioux City’s NAACP reflects on the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd.

“We have seen change that people are talking about, but I don’t know we can put our teeth into it, because things are still happening.”

That is Ike Rayford who is talking about incidents involving injustice against Black men across the country.

He say accountability is important and is happening in the case surrounding Officer Dereck Chauvin convicted in the murder of  George Floyd and the upcoming litigation involving the other officers in the case.

Iowa Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health added 18 more deaths due to complications of COVID-19, and almost 400 new cases with three in Woodbury County.

The number of deaths and cases may not have occurred during the past 24-hours as the state does add backdated information.

Currently there are almost 190 people hospitalized in the state with the virus with five patients being treated in Sioux City.

The 14-day test positivity rate statewide is 3.8%, in Woodbury County the level is 3.5%.

CDC

The Iowa Senate has passed a bill that would ban state and local governments from issuing ID cards that say whether someone got a COVID-19 vaccine. It now goes to Governor Kim Reynolds for her signature.

The bill also says businesses will be ineligible for state-funded grants and contracts if they require visitors to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. There’s an exception for health care facilities, and employers will still be allowed to ask their employees if they’ve been vaccinated. 

CDC

State health officials have confirmed two cases of a COVID-19 variant, commonly known as the India variant, in Iowa.

The cases were identified in two adults in Jefferson County in southeast Iowa.

Officials say they are still learning about the characteristics of the strain. But they say there is no evidence it is more easily transmitted or more likely to cause severe illness.

Siouxland Public Media

Police in Sioux City say two people have been arrested and charged in the killing of a man who was shot after he came to the aid of his girlfriend, who was being attacked.

22-year-old Martez Harrison, of Sioux City, died after being shot around 1 a.m. Saturday outside Uncle Dave’s bar on West Third Street.

Police later arrested 17-year-old Dwight Evans and 20-year-old Lawrence Canady.

Police say the shooting happened after Harrison and Canady argued, and Harrison called his girlfriend to pick him up.

Dakota County Health Department

The Iowa Department of Public Health shows three more deaths due to complications of COVID-19 and more than 500 new cases, including seven more in Woodbury County. Since the start of the pandemic more than 15,000 Woodbury County residents have tested positive for the virus and 224 deaths.

The 14-day test positivity rate in Woodbury County is 4.1%, this is slightly above the state rate of 4%.

Siouxland District Health

The state of Iowa added five more deaths due to complications of COVID-19 and more than 400 new cases, including 18 more in Woodbury County. More than 5,900 Iowans have died due to the illness since the start of the pandemic.

Siouxland District Health is planning to hold vaccination clinics at Sioux City’s three high schools on Wednesday.

A letter to parents from Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman says the clinics will not be open to the public, but offered to students and staff in the district.

The vaccine is optional.

CDC

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order banning COVID-19 vaccine passports in the state.

In a news release, Noem says since the start of the pandemic the state provided up-to-date science, facts, and data and trusted South Dakotans to make the best decision for themselves the their loved ones.

Noem encourages people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, but will not issue a mandate. She wrote, quote, “Under God, the people rule.”

During a news conference today, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds highly encouraged people to get vaccinated.

Associated Press

Statement from Sioux City Police Department Surrounding the Derek Chauvin Murder Trial:

With the verdict coming in, a few of you have reached out with some questions about possible protests here. As of now, we have no intelligence indicating that any protests or demonstrations are planned locally. As such, we have not altered any schedules or moved any people in anticipation of any protests. We do have plans in place should something come up but again, we are not enacting those plans at this time.

Associated Press

Health officials in all three Siouxland states have temporary stopped use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, following CDC and FDA recommendations. This move comes after six women experienced severe and rare blood clots, resulting in one death. One case was diagnosed in Nebraska.

Health officials in South Dakota say no adverse cases were reported in nearly 16,000 doses of the J&J vaccine.  More than 78 thousand doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in Iowa.

News release from the state of Nebraska:

Siouxland District Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health shows no new deaths due to complications of COVID-19. There were 146 new cases including four new cases in Woodbury County in a 24-hour period. The 14-day test positivity rate locally is 6.2%. That is down almost one percent in one week.

A person “associated with” the Iowa Senate has tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to an email from the secretary of the senate, that person was last in the Iowa Capitol on Wednesday and tested positive Saturday.

NET

Nebraska lawmakers advanced a new, $9.7 billion state budget that includes more money for property tax credits and college scholarships while setting aside $115 million for a possible state prison to ease overcrowding.

The package would cover state expenses for the next two fiscal years, starting on July 1.

It came as some lawmakers warned about a possible economic downturn that hit state revenues, which are currently higher than expected despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Ho-Chunk Capital

A big economic development from Ho-Chunk Capital today. The company finalized purchase of several businesses on historic Fourth Street in Sioux City from the Aalfs family. This includes the Aalfs main office building, Buffalo Alice, Antiques on Historic Fourth, M’s on 4th and SoHo.

Ho-Chunk plans to preserve and renovate several buildings and create new opportunities for commercial and residential tenants.

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The Iowa Department of Public Health reported three more deaths due to COVID-19 in Woodbury County for 214 in all since the start of the pandemic. Statewide there were 35 additional deaths reported in 24-hours and more than 550 new positive tests.

There are currently outbreaks at a dozen long-term care facilities in Iowa, with none in northwest Iowa.

coronavirus.iowa.gov

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 27 more Iowan has died from COVID-19 with more than 450 new positive test results with 18 more cases in Woodbury County. The death toll in Iowa is just under 5,500.

Statewide there are almost 210 hospitalized, including 15 at Sioux City’s two medical facilities. That number has stayed steady in the middle teens for several days.

A memorial is planned for tonight in Sioux City for victims and survivors of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“It’s so important how this pandemic has impacted so many, especially in our community.”

That’s Cassie Thompson, a local advocate, and member of the on-line group Siouxland Wears Masks. The group helped organize the event, along with Iowa Educators for a Safe Return to School. 

Yesterday, volunteers hung 211 white ribbons in downtown Sioux City. One for each person in Woodbury County who have died of complications of COVID-19.

IDPH

The state of Iowa plans to launch a new website tomorrow to provide more information on how to get COVID-19 vaccines.

However, the Governor stressed during a news conference today Iowans will not be able to schedule an appointment on the site www.vaccinate.iowa.gov.

The state also plans to reach out to older Iowans in need of finding a vaccine. Starting on March 8 they will open a 211-call center to answer questions and help with scheduling.

Siouxland District Health

Siouxland District Health reported two more deaths in Woodbury County for a death toll of 210 due to complications of COVID-19. The positivity rate is up slightly to 6%. Hospitalizations are up almost 15% with 14 patients at Sioux City’s two medical facilities. Statewide there are 241 patients, with 60 in intensive care. That’s a small decrease from the day before.

There have been 18 new cases added in Woodbury County.  Statewide, there are more than 550 new cases and 15 deaths in a 24-hour period that ended this morning at 10 a.m.

National Weather Service

Siouxland is under a Wind Chill Warning until Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. The National Weather Service says expect dangerously cold wind chills of up to 40-below overnight.

Last night’s weather set records across the region. Sioux City did as well, with a low temperature of -28.

Nebraska also saw a number of low-temperature records broken and expected more to fall Tuesday — as a polar vortex pushed Arctic air into the Plains. Temperatures are expected to be below normal for almost a week.

National Weather Service

More winter weather will move through parts of Siouxland tonight through tomorrow. The National Weather Service Office says this fast-moving system could bring a couple of inches of snow to the area with strong winds up to 45 miles per hour.

A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect overnight through noon tomorrow for a large part of Siouxland, including Woodbury County, Dakota, and Union Counties.

Iowa Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports the deaths of 33 more Iowans from COVID-19, including four more deaths in Woodbury County, for 181 in all. There were more than 1,300 positive test results statewide, and 18 in Woodbury County.

The 14-day test positivity rate for Woodbury County has fallen to 10.5%. That rate still indicates wide community spread.

NPR

Iowa public health officials posted an additional 62 deaths Wednesday as the state death total reached almost 4,400. That number includes two more deaths in Woodbury County.

Iowa had the 17th highest per capita death count in the nation and the second highest 7-day average positivity at 33% behind Idaho.

That’s according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

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The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the way down in Woodbury County. But local officials say people still need to take the novel coronavirus seriously.

Siouxland District Health reported ten new cases on Monday and a 14-day test positivity rate of 13.3%. That’s down more than three percentage points from a week ago. Sioux City’s two hospitals are treating 42 patients, that’s a decrease of about 9% from last Monday and substantially less than the record-high of 108 patients set on December 1st.

CDC

Woodbury County added two more COVID-related deaths in the past 24-hours for a total of 175 since the start of the pandemic. There were 46 additional cases. Siouxland District Health says mask up, keep your distance, wash your hands, stay home when sick, and avoid nonessential gatherings.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 10 more Iowans have died of the disease for more than 4,200 (4,232) and almost 1,900 additional cases for a total of 300,000 positive test results.

CDC

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports three more COVID-19 related deaths in Woodbury County on Monday for 171 since the start of the pandemic. 

In one week, Iowa added 247 deaths and more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases.  In Woodbury County, there were 17 additional cases and a 14-day test positivity rate of 15.5%.  That is up two-percent points from a week ago.

Iowa Department of Public Health

The number of Iowans hospitalized with COVID-19 increased overnight as the state added 667 new positive cases and seven additional deaths, including three more in Woodbury County reported on Tuesday night, for a total of 67 people.

More than 87,500 Iowans have tested positive for the disease, with 77% recovered.

Thirteen counties are above a 14-day positivity rate of 15%.  Lyon is top in the state with almost 29% with Sioux falling to second with almost 28%.  Woodbury County is down to 15%.

CDC

Two days after students returned to class fulltime in the Sioux City Community School District one class

was sent home for virtual learning. 

Nodland School moved one second grade class into what they call emergency response virtual learning. 

The plan is for the students to return to the classroom on Wednesday, September 23rd.

That’s because several in the classroom tested positive for COVID-19 or showed symptoms.

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