SDH Executive Director Kevin Grieme

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Community leaders joined forces to stress the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine, especially among younger populations. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer has more on the push to get more people to roll up their sleeves.

With an increase of cases of COVID-19, including the more contagious delta variant, Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott urged the public to listen to medical experts.

This week on The Exchange, Siouxland Public Media's Mary Hartnett and Sheila Brummer host a discussion about COVID-19, the Delta  variant, vaccination rates, masks and safety.  Also, we talk with Sioux City Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman about how schools are going to operate safely this school year. 

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Community leaders joined forces to stress the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine, especially among younger populations.

“Many times Siouxland has found itself in a leadership role with initiatives across the state at this point we are lagging. I encourage everyone out there listening to get this vaccine.”

That is the Executive Director of Siouxland District Health, Kevin Grieme, who was also joined by Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott at a news conference in front of the Sioux City Public Museum on August 11, 2021. 

A public meeting is scheduled this afternoon to address homelessness in Sioux City. The gathering at City Hall scheduled for 1:15 comes after a protest at last week’s City Council Meeting surrounding the removal of a homeless camp near 4th and Wesley Parkway.

The information gathered will be shared with the Inclusive Sioux City Advisory Committee who will then provide recommendations to the City Council on ways to improve current practices.

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds called new revised guidance from the CDC surrounding wearing masks “not grounded in reality or common sense.”

Reynolds issued a statement shortly after the CDC recommended fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas of the country where the virus is circulating widely.

She still encouraged people to get vaccinated, but went on to say she’s concerned the guidance will be used as a vehicle to mandate masks in states and schools, something she does not support.  

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The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad did not illegally discriminate or retaliate against a gay state official — overturning a landmark $1.5 million jury verdict. The court on Wednesday found a lack of evidence to show Branstad, a former U.S. ambassador to China, discriminated against then-Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey because of his sexual orientation.

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law putting new limits on government agency diversity trainings and school lessons related to racism and sexism.

The new law says trainings and lessons must not promote certain ideas, including that the US and the state of Iowa are systemically racist or sexist.

In a statement, Reynolds claims that “critical race theory” teaches kids to judge people based on their race or gender. She says, quote, “I am proud to have worked with the legislature to promote learning, not discriminatory indoctrination.”

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.

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.