Kevin Grieme

Siouxland District Health

We’re approaching the first anniversary of confirmation of the first cases of COVID-19 in the state of Iowa. Siouxland Public Media reached out to Kevin Grieme the Director of Siouxland District Health, the public health agency that oversees Woodbury County, to look back on the past twelve months and the near future with the vaccine.

Several studies show people of color in the U.S. saw greater levels of sickness and death during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Grieme says work is being done to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to underserved populations. 

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.

Sioux City, IA - March 1, 2021
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Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott declared March 1st COVID-19 Memorial Day.

“To remember the survivors and victims of the COVID-19 Pandemic and to acknowledge the sacrifices and service of all first responders, medical providers, and others who have stepped up during this global pandemic.”

Council Member Alex Watters questioned if more could have been done to prevent deaths in the community.

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The Sioux City council took action surrounding COVID-19 and face coverings.  As Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports, they wish more could be done as local health officials track an increase in cases.

The Sioux City Council strongly recommends citizens wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Last week, a group of concerned citizens presented a petition asking the council to take action with a resolution for a mask mandate.

Council members say their hands are tied with the state when it comes to a mandate. 

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Officials with Siouxland District Health say the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Woodbury County involves a woman between the ages of 41-and-60.

“There is travel associated with this person, but it is not 100% determined that ‘yes’ this is the cause.”

That is Deputy Director of Siouxland District Health, Tyler Brock, who spoke at a news conference on Sunday. 

Health officials say because of privacy concerns they can’t say where the woman lives or where she might have visited within the county.  She is currently in self-isolation.

We began planning this show last week, but, in these times, the amount of change from day-to-day is stunning, if not disorienting. Since then, we have seen school’s close; fitness centers, restaurants, bars, casinos are having to close or limit service; grocery stores are having difficulty keeping shelves stocked. It’s one of those moments when you feel the world is different from what you thought it was only days ago. One of our concerns is the disinformation surrounding COVID-19, and, hopefully, we can bring some balance back today with our table of experts.

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Mar 16, 2020
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The head of Siouxland District Health tells Siouxland Public Media there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Woodbury County. 

Kevin Grieme says his department is keeping in close contact with state health officials and health providers locally.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts released new guidelines today when it comes to the coronavirus.

They include limiting public events and gathering to 50 people or less. 

Siouxland Public Media

Officials in Woodbury County say they want the public to be more educated about COVID-19. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer has the story.

So, far there isn’t a local case of COVID-19 but that could change at a moment’s notice.

“We want to assure the community we are there monitoring that is a case does develop, we got them tracked.”

That’s Kevin Grieme, the Director of the Siouxland District Health Department.