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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.

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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.

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Sioux City police investigating a murder at a home near Glenn and South Mulberry Street in Morningside. A news release says when officer arrived for a check welfare call this morning, they found a man and woman dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Detectives believe they identified all of the parties involved and are not looking for any suspects in the case. A spokesperson was not able to confirm if the deaths were caused by murder-suicide.

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%.

The murder of George Floyd prompted protests across the country and highlighted the need for more awareness and education.

Last week, a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts.

Chauvin now faces sentencing that could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

Last summer after Floyd’s death, the Junior League of Sioux City held a discussion on diversity with local leaders.

The conversation continued on Tuesday, April 20th at Camp High Hopes with the President of the Local Chapter of the NAACP Ike Rayford.

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.

Siouxland District Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health recorded six more deaths statewide due to complications of COVID-19 with almost 500 new cases, with 17 added in Woodbury County in 24-hours.

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the first death related to COVID-19 in Woodbury County. A post on the Siouxland District Health’s Facebook page remembered the 221 residents of the county who have lost their lives in the past year.

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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.

Siouxland District Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported no new deaths due to complications of COVID-19 and about 170 new cases, with two more in Woodbury County. The 14-day test positivity rate in Woodbury County is 6.1%

Siouxland District Health announced plans for the next large-scale vaccination clinic on April 27th at the Siouxland Expo Center. The clinic’s hours from 4:15 until 6:30 p.m. are geared toward people who need appointments outside regular business hours. The appointments are open now and available for anyone 16 years for their first dose.

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A push is underway to reach members of the Sioux City community significantly impacted by COVID-19.  

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer has more.

Local churches and Sioux City’s NAACP have teamed up with Siouxland Public Health to offer a special COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The event this weekend is geared toward Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Information from the local health department shows vaccination numbers for the local Black and African-American community to be under 1%.

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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.

City of Sioux City

The Sioux Gateway Airport will receive $1,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help build a local flight school. The $7,000,000 project includes hanger and office space and is expected to create 43 new skilled jobs. The aviation center will partner with area schools and colleges to provide education and training opportunities, including a fully accredited flight school. Construction is expected to start this year.

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Iowa Government Kim Reynolds provided an update on vaccinations in the state today. During a news conference that aired earlier today on Siouxland Public Media, Reynolds says so far 44% of Iowans 18 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The rate is almost double for those 65 years and older. Iowa ranks 9th in the country for vaccinations according to national numbers.

Reynolds says the state plans to concentrate on getting minority groups and college students vaccinated.

Buena Vista County

A top health official in northwest Iowa retired on Monday after working more than 23-years with Buena Vista County Public Health and Home Care. Pam Bogue worked first as a nurse and then administrator for the county health department. She previously worked in long-term care facility administration. Bogue talked to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about the past year of COVID-19, including mitigation efforts and Tyson Foods.

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An internal report has found that state police officers in Iowa drew their weapons and used force against suspects significantly more often in 2020 than prior years, due to a major increase in resistance.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety's annual report on force incidents found that suspects fled in vehicles and on foot from officers far more often in 2020.

Nebraska Health and Human Services

Nebraska Governor Pete Rickets offered a word of caution during a news conference on Monday. Nebraska is seeing an increase in COVID-19 patients after 18 weeks of falling hospitalizations. Ricketts says there is more of the virus out in the community and reminded Nebraskans to avoid the “three C’s”: closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact.

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We recently passed the first anniversary of COVID-19 in Siouxland, Siouxland District Health confirmed the first positive case of the virus back on March 20th of 2020.

Part of our on-going coverage on the Pandemicincluding local health officials. Siouxland Public Media recently talked to The Chief Nursing Officer at Unity-Point Heath-St. Luke’s Wendy Lindley who shares details on the evolution of care and importance of wearing masks. Here is her conversation with Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer.

Iowa Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health showed 14 more deaths in the state due to complications of COVID-19 in the past 24-hours and more than 800 new cases with 30 more in Woodbury County. 

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will get his first vaccination shot tomorrow at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha. The 56-year-old governor had previously signed up for the vaccine online, and was notified earlier this week that he was eligible for an appointment. He’s scheduled to get the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Lutheran Services in Iowa

The Exchange on March 31, 2021 focused on teen sexuality and the increase of pregnancy and STI’s in the community.

GUESTS:

Alyssa Silver - Program Supervisor for Lutheran Services in Iowa 

Kirsten Colt – Manager of Education for Planned Parenthood North Central States

Mackenzie Risner – Mother

Amanda Reis – Mother

Carter Smith - HIV Case Worker with the Siouxland Community Health Center

  

SIOUXLAND COALITION TO PREVENT TEENAGE PREGNANCY/SUGGESTED RESOURCES

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The state of Nebraska plans to open up vaccinations for anyone 18 years or older starting on Monday, April 5th.

Governor Pete Ricketts made the announcement this morning during a news conference.

Ricketts expects additional doses to arrive through the Federal Pharmacy Program, including a big influx of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Ricketts plans to receive his vaccine this weekend.

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.

Sioux City Symphony Orchestra

A big milestone this weekend for the performing arts in Sioux City. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer explains the change bringing joy to one local organization after a year away from an audience of classical music fans.

The performance starts Saturday night at 7:30 and can be watched through a livestream at the website scso.live.

This Saturday marks the first time the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra takes the stage before a live audience in more than a year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

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Iowa’s revenue forecasting panel is projecting state revenue will come in just shy of the level needed for more income tax cuts to kick in.

Revenue would need to grow 4 percent next fiscal year to trigger more income tax cuts in 2023. But the latest estimate from today is 3-point-8 percent growth, potentially pushing tax cuts to 2024 or later.

Iowa Department of Public Health

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports six more COVID-19 related deaths and nearly 600 new cases with almost 10% coming from Woodbury County. There are still no outbreaks at long-term care facilities in the state.

An on-line vaccine dashboard shows more than 447,000 people in Iowa are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Music will fill downtown Sioux City this summer with the Downtown Live! concert series. Local music expert Brent Stockton is on the planning committee for the Downtown Live! concert series and talks about this upcoming season that was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Stockton says an announcement surrounding the lineup for the Downtown Live! concert series is expected in late May or early June. 

Siouxland District Health

Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced all Iowans may be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 5th.

Reynolds says she anticipates eligibility will expand as long as the state’s vaccine allocation increases as much as the federal government anticipates.

She says White House officials told her this week that they expect to significantly boost doses starting the week of March 29. This could double the state’s current weekly supply.

Iowa Department of Public Health

Two Siouxland-area health departments have now disclosed cases of the UK variant of the novel coronavirus.

The director of Siouxland District Health confirmed one case of the variant was reported to health officials in Woodbury County at the beginning of March. No other cases have been recorded.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department coverage area recently saw its first case. The health department covers the counties of  Cedar, Dixon, Wayne, and Thurston.

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The Nebraska Department of Health reports the COVID-19 variant from the United Kingdom has been found in Siouxland somewhere in the counties covered by the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department. This includes the counties of Cedar, Dixon, Thurston, and Wayne. The variant is more infectious and could cause more severe illness.

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A local advocate for the immigrant community says there is concern people who speak other languages are not hearing factual updates about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Becky Carlson is the Executive Director of the Mary J. Treglia Community House in Sioux City. 

“There is a lot of rumors, and misinformation that is floating around for everybody because everything is so confusing. We just want to make sure people get access to that information.”

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