respiratory illness

The CDC reports widespread flu activity and Siouxland District Health is seeing an increase in our area.

Kristen Beal is the Infection Preventionist and Patient Safety Officer at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s.

“We went from 17% positive test rate to a, 40% test rate over the holidays and maintained that for a couple of weeks and now we’re at a 33% test rate this week.”

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State lawmakers are heading back to the Iowa Capitol next week for the 2020 legislative session, scheduled to start Monday, Jan. 13. This session will mark the fourth consecutive year with Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the governor’s office

Some of the top issues include mental health funding, voting rights for felons, child care, tax policy, Medicaid oversight and medical cannabis. .

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Local Planned Parenthood leaders say six of the state’s eight clinics will be affected by the organization’s withdrawal from the federal Title X (Ten) family planning program.

Iowa Planned Parenthood Executive Director Erin Davison-Rippey says this could affect nearly 14,000 Iowans who receive services through the program for low-income individuals.

Davison-Rippey says she’s concerned that other providers might not be ready to pick up the program.

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082319. 532

Local Planned Parenthood leaders say six of the state’s eight clinics will be affected by the organization’s withdrawal from the federal Title X (Ten) family planning program.

Iowa Planned Parenthood Executive Director Erin Davison-Rippey says this could affect nearly 14,000 Iowans who receive services through the program for low-income individuals.

Davison-Rippey says she’s concerned that other providers might not be ready to pick up the program.

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