South Dakota Govenor Kristi Noem (R)

July 3, 2020
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Locally, there are 11 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Woodbury County, for a total of 3,282.  Dakota County reports five more positive cases for 1,805.  In the three counties in the Sioux City Metro area there are 83 deaths in all, with one in Union County where they also logged 140 cases.

Seven more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and 669 more have tested positive for a total of 739 deaths and more than 33,200 positive cases.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is easing more restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Reynolds says starting Friday at 8 a.m., businesses like restaurants, bars and theatres can operation at 100% capacity.

They must still follow social distancing guidelines.

“Eliminating that capacity restrictions will allow businesses the flexibility to adjust their specific operations accordingly, to best meet the needs of their employees and customers.”

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Lawmakers returned to the Iowa State Capitol Wednesday to finish work left when the coronavirus pandemic surfaced back in March. 

Their biggest business?  Tackling the budget in this time of economic uncertainty.

Temperatures will be checked at the door and masks will be provided. Meeting rules have been established to allow lawmakers to be at least 6 feet apart. Committee meetings and floor debates will be streamed on the internet.

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The state of Iowa reports two more people have died from complications of COVID-19.  This brings the total number of deaths to three.

On Friday, the Iowa Department of Public Health added 56 more positive cases for a total of 235.  There have been a total of more than 3,700 negative tests.

The number of Siouxlanders impacted increased as well.  There are new confirmed cases in Woodbury, Monona and now Dickinson County for a total of eight people.  All the new cases involve people 61-years or older.

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The number of positive cases of COVID-19 has grown by another 19 in Iowa, bringing the state total to 124 confirmed cases, Gov. Kim Reynolds said today.

The latest report includes cases in Jasper County and Warren County in central Iowa. That means 30 counties in Iowa have positive cases.  Woodbury County has two confirmed cases.


Iowa now has 44 positive COVID-19 cases as of this afternoon. 

The governor gave the update during a press conference today. The previous count, yesterday, had Iowa with 38 cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.  Reynolds said the state and all Iowans are committed to preventing the spread of the virus.

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Today, the final results of the Iowa caucuses and resolution to the Iowa delegate math that so far gives Pete Buttigieg a slight lead are expected to be released.

The Iowa Democratic Party began a recount of 23 precinct locations on Tuesday and expected it to last two days. The recount comes after requests from by Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont.

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The statewide winter storm today has been upgraded to a blizzard warning in northwest Iowa, while more snow accumulation has been forecast across the state.

Blizzard warning criteria from the NWS are wind gusts of 35 mph or greater and one-quarter of mile visibility or less that lasts up to three hours.

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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The life and work of Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady will be commemorated at a public service on the Drake University campus Wednesday morning.  Cady died suddenly last Friday. Cady's family says the 66-year-old chief justice died following a heart attack at his family home in Fort Dodge.

Judge Duane Hoffmeyer is the chief of the third judicial district in Iowa and hears cases at the Woodbury County Courthouse.  Hoffmeyer says he was shocked when he found out about Cady’s death.