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Two New Siouxland COVID-19 Deaths; Lawmakers Consider Changes to Bottle Bill

1/22/2021
The state of Iowa reports more than 1300 new coronavirus cases as of this morning. The state was reporting 33 COVID-19 deaths, for a total of 4,478 deaths since the pandemic came to Iowa, according to the state's coronavirus.iowa.gov website. There have been 310,596 confirmed cases of coronavirus total in Iowa. There are 450 people hospitalized related to the coronavirus. The statewide positivity rate is 10.1%. The Iowa Department of Public Health reports two new deaths and 18 new cases of...

Duration:00:01:40

Iowans Over 65 Await Chance to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

1/22/2021
SPM News 012221 Noon Governor Kim Reynolds announced yesterday, Iowans 65 and older will soon be eligible for the next wave of COVID-19 vaccinations. Governor Reynolds talked about the second tier of COVID vaccination in Iowa, which will eventually immunize more than 530,000 people. Iowans 75 and over, health care workers and staff, and residents at long-term care facilities were given the first batch, The second tier rollout begins February 1. It will offer vaccines to essential frontline...

Duration:00:03:03

NEWS 1.21.21: IA Lawmakers Look to Require In-Person Learning, Vaccine Update, Scam Artists & More

1/21/2021
A bill introduced in the Iowa Senate would require schools to provide an option for full-time in-person learning during the pandemic, a proposal that Governor Kim Reynolds highlighted in her Condition of the State speech. The president of the Iowa State Education Association says forcing more students into classrooms could make it easier for the coronavirus to spread. Governor Reynolds announced today teachers are now in the first tier of the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations. But she...

Duration:00:01:39

Iowa Rolls Out Next Tier of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

1/21/2021
All Iowans 65 and older are included in Iowa’s next wave of COVID-19 vaccinations, which begin Feb. 1. Governor Kim Reynolds said at her news conference today that this second tier will eventually immunize more than 530,000 Iowans. Initially, state health officials limited vaccinations to people to 75 and older. The second phase rollout will offer vaccines to high priority groups like frontline essential workers, first responders and teachers. But Reynolds said the state could not open up...

Duration:00:01:40

NEWS 1.20.21: C19 Update, Inauguration Day, Local Biden Administration Appointment & More

1/20/2021
Iowa public health officials posted an additional 62 deaths Wednesday as the state death total reached almost 4,400. That number includes two more deaths in Woodbury County. Iowa had the 17th highest per capita death count in the nation and the second highest 7-day average positivity at 33% behind Idaho. That’s according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The positivity rate had dropped over the past two weeks. That’s true for Woodbury County, with a current rate 14-day positivity...

Duration:00:01:40

1.19.21: C-19 Vaccine Distribution Concerns, IA Positivity Rates Fall, Gun Rights & Abortion Fight

1/19/2021
Nebraska teachers and meatpacking workers worry it will take longer for essential workers like them to get the coronavirus vaccine now that the next group of people to be vaccinated has been expanded to include everyone 65 and older. An education association leader says teachers are disappointed to hear they won’t get their shots until March at the earliest. The Dakota County Health Department will be running an COVID Vaccine Immunization Drive through tomorrow from 9am to 2pm by appointment...

Duration:00:01:40

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Still Survives for Local NAACP Leader Ike Rayford

1/18/2021
Today, we remember and honor the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. His legacy lives on with an annual concert tonight in Sioux City. The head of the local NAACP, Ike Rayford, will be taking part, and Siouxland Public Media had a chance to talk to him today about Dr. King’s legacy and how his words still ring true today. The First Congregational and Mayflower Congregational churches in Sioux City are co-hosting the event that will be streamed online starting at 7....

Duration:00:04:59

NEWS 1.18.21: C19 Numbers Down in Woodbury County, Vaccine Update, King Event & More

1/18/2021
The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the way down in Woodbury County. But local officials say people still need to take the novel coronavirus seriously. Siouxland District Health reported ten new cases on Monday and a 14-day test positivity rate of 13.3%. That’s down more than three percentage points from a week ago. Sioux City’s two hospitals are treating 42 patients, that’s a decrease of about 9% from last Monday and substantially less than the record-high of 108...

Duration:00:01:40

NEWS 1.15.21: Blizzard Creates Travel Troubles, C-19 Update and Vaccine Delay for Woodbury County

1/15/2021
A blizzard warning continues through six o’clock tonight for a majority of the Siouxland area. Snow is still falling in some spots with brutal winds. Travel is not advised in southwest Iowa according to the Iowa 511 website. The National Weather Service out of Sioux Falls says "If you must travel today, be prepared for poor visibility and slick roads. Check the road and weather conditions before you go". From the Woodbury County Engineering Department: Due to high winds, heavy drifting, and...

Duration:00:01:40

NEWS 1.14.21: Blizzard Ahead, NE State of the State, IA Capitol Mask Push, Missing Man Update & More

1/14/2021
Siouxland is gearing up for the second Blizzard Warning in three weeks. The warning starts tonight at 6 and extends until 6 p.m. tomorrow. The forecast calls for 3 to 8 inches by tomorrow afternoon, with wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour. On social media, the National Weather Service says the severity of the storm will depend on how much snow falls. If we see more than an inch on the group with additional blowing snow, conditions will be more significant, especially for portions of...

Duration:00:01:40

COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Nebraska and South Dakota

1/14/2021
Nebraska plans to expand the next phase of its coronavirus vaccine campaign to include everyone 65 and older. Previously, the state had planned to vaccinate people 75 and older during the next phase, but the federal guidance on who should be vaccinated next changed this week. That phase also includes essential workers who cannot work from home. In most parts of Nebraska, the next phase of vaccinations is expected to begin in early February. Infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Rupp cautioned...

Duration:00:01:28

Governor to Address the State Tonight; SC School Employees to Get Vaccine

1/12/2021
Gov. Kim Reynolds is taking her annual Condition of the State address from day time to supper time. She will break with tradition, by addressing a joint convention of the 89th Iowa General Assembly at the Iowa Capitol beginning at 6 p.m. tonight, rather than the typical 10 a.m. Siouxland Public Media will broadcast the speech live and a live stream of the speech will be available at kwit.org. Also, you can hear live reactions to the speech live on Siouxland Public Media as soon as Governor...

Duration:00:01:39

State Lawmakers Begin 2021 Session; COVID Cases Added Today

1/11/2021
011121a 3:04 News State lawmakers returned to the Iowa Capitol today. Education, taxation, safety are the top priorities for 2021 Iowa legislature. And today they were Joined inside by hundreds of anti-mask protestors. Hundreds of people --- few, if any, of them wearing face coverings --- packed into the Iowa Capitol rotunda today and then into the Senate and House chamber galleries. The were protesting mask-wearing and other public health measures designed to slow the spread of the new...

Duration:00:01:40

House Democratic Leader "Can't turn a blind eye" to Capital Hill Violence

1/11/2021
State lawmakers returned to the Iowa Capitol today. Education, taxation, safety are the top priorities for 2021 Iowa legislature. And they were joined inside by more than 200 anti-mask protestors. Few of the protesters wore face coverings as packed into the Iowa Capitol rotunda today and then into the Senate and House chamber galleries. They were protesting mask-wearing and other public health measures designed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa’s...

Duration:00:01:40

NEWS 1.8.21: Weekly School Update, Hospitalizations Down in NE, Congressional Reaction to Trump

1/8/2021
The Sioux City Community School District's weekly coronavirus report shows only one staff member and no students testing positive the first week after winter break. Two-hundred are out on quarantine. That's down from about 500 at the end of December. Class resumed on Monday and students have at least one more week of hybrid learning. That’s where they go to school two-days a week. An update surrounding the learning plan is expected to come Monday night with the next school board meeting....

Duration:00:01:40

GOING VIRAL: Siouxland School District Mourns Death of Beloved Teacher

1/8/2021
The community of Moville, Iowa and the Woodbury Central School District is grieving the loss of a beloved middle school social studies teacher and volleyball coach. Siouxland Public Media reached out to Woodbury Central School Board Member Donny Reblitz who shares more information about the life of 53-year-old Cherie Dandurand. Reblitz is a contributor to the Siouxland Public Media Special Project “Going Viral: Lesson’s Learned During the Pandemic.

Duration:00:03:04

NEWS 1.7.21: C-19 Teacher Death, Vaccine Update and Reaction After Violence at the U.S. Capitol

1/7/2021
A northwest Iowa teacher has died of complications of COVID-19. The superintendent of the Woodbury Central School District in Moville confirmed the death of 53-year-old Cherie Dandurand who first started in the district in 1991. School was called off early yesterday after hearing the news of Dandurand’s death. She taught middle school social studies. According to the Iowa COVID-19 tracker website , a staff member at North High School in Sioux City died of complications of COVID-19 in...

Duration:00:01:40

Charges Filed in New Year's Murder; Investigators Looking for Witnesses in Death of Sioux City Teen

1/5/2021
There’s a new development in Sioux City’s first murder investigation of 2021. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer with the latest and more details on the young lady police call an “innocent victim.” A Sioux City teenager is behind bars and charged in connection with a deadly shooting during a New Year’s celebration. Eighteen-year-old Mia Kritis of Sioux City was killed while attending a party near Walker and Morningside Avenue. That’s near the Whispering Creek neighborhood. Three other...

Duration:00:02:12

NEWS 1.5.21: 7 More C-19 Deaths in Dakota County, Riverfront Boost, Dry 2020 and More

1/5/2021
A grim update from the Dakota County Health Department today as officials recorded seven additional deaths due to complications of COVID-19 for a total of 65 since the start of the pandemic. There were two new cases. Siouxland District Health reports 42 new cases of COVID-19 in a 24-hour period in Woodbury County. There have been 171 deaths and more than 12,400 cases with almost 90% recovered. The 14-day test positivity rate for Woodbury County is up again by almost a third of a percentage...

Duration:00:01:35

NEWS 1.4.21: More Local C-19 Deaths, Weekly Trends, Scam Warning and More

1/4/2021
The Iowa Department of Public Health reports three more COVID-19 related deaths in Woodbury County on Monday for 171 since the start of the pandemic. In one week, Iowa added 247 deaths and more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases. In Woodbury County, there were 17 additional cases and a 14-day test positivity rate of 15.5%. That is up two-percent points from a week ago. Siouxland District Health released a weekly trend report that showed a slight increase in the percentage of positive tests...

Duration:00:01:36