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COVID-19 confirmed in Crawford County

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March 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Late Sunday afternoon, officials with Crawford County Home Health, Hospice & Public Health, said that a positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed in County resident. The patient is an adult between the ages of 61-and 80. No further information was released. Earlier in the day, Iowa health officials had confirmed 38 more cases of the coronavirus and a fourth death. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that the state now has 336 positive cases, up from 299 on Saturday. There have been a total of 5,013 negative tests to date.

The latest death was a Linn County resident between the ages of 61 and 80. The virus has now been found in 51 of Iowa’s 99 counties. Aside from Crawford County, the new cases include 10 in Polk County, six in Linn County and four each in Johnson and Dubuque counties.

Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, additional death confirmed

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March 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) said today (Sunday) they have been notified of 38 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 336 positive cases. There have been a total of 5,013 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

According to IDPH, one Iowan with COVID-19 passed away Saturday night, an older adult (61-80 years) from Linn County.

According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 38 individuals include:

  • Cedar County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Cerro Gordo County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Dallas County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Dubuque County, 1 child (0-17 years), 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Henry County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Iowa County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Jasper County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Johnson County, 2 adults (18-40), 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years)
  • Linn County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 3 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)
  • Marshall County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Polk County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-aged adults (41-60 years) 5 older adults (61-80 years),1 elderly adult (81+)
  • Tama County, 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Washington County, 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
  • Winneshiek County 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Woodbury County, 1 adult (18-40 years)

Tornado damages apartment building in northeast Iowa

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March 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) — Severe storms damaged an apartment building in northeast Iowa Saturday night and knocked down power lines in the area. A tornado that was spotted in Oelwein, Iowa, tore off part of the wall of a 12-unit apartment building and damaged the siding of a second building in the complex.

Oelwein police said no serious injuries were reported. Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher said the storm knocked down branches and some power lines elsewhere in Oelwein and in rural parts of the county. Residents of the apartment complex whose homes were damaged sought shelter in a nearby hotel.

Supreme Court rules in Wapello County hog confinement lawsuit

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March 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — The Iowa Supreme Court, this past week, said two people who dropped lawsuits against the owners of animal confinement operations have to pay the company’s legal costs.

Michael Merrill of Batavia and Karen Jo Frescoln of Libertyville were part of a group of 70 people who filed nuisance lawsuits against Valley View Swine which runs two pork confinements for J-B-S Live Pork in Wapello County. The first lawsuit was dismissed because they had not exhausted their mediation option.

Merril and Frescoln filed a second lawsuit, but then voluntarily dismissed it. The district court ordered them each to pay around 92-hundred dollars in costs to Valley View. They argued they should not have to pay any costs because there was no judgment from the court.

The Iowa Supreme Court upheld the lower court ruling that the dismissals showed this was a “losing cause of action” and the claims were frivolous.

Deadline extended: CCHS Scholarships Available for Students Studying Healthcare

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March 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTIC – The Cass County Health System has extended the deadline for all scholarship applications until May 1, 2020. The scholarships below are available to area students through CCHS and its affiliate organizations:

  • Cass County Health System offers a $1,000 scholarship to southwest Iowa students pursuing a four-year degree in a health-related career.
  • Cass County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary provides grant-in-aid scholarships for students pursuing a health-related career.
  • Cass County Health System Foundation is offering $10,000 in scholarships to students who are enrolled and have been accepted into a nursing or medical doctor educational program.

The scholarships were established by a bequest from Louie and Elsie Hansen. Applications are available on the Cass County Health System website, www.casshealth.org, and can be turned in to the Public Relations Office by May 1st.

Due to schools being closed, unofficial transcripts will be accepted at this time. For more information, contact Ann McCurdy, Public Relations Coordinator, 712-243-7405.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, March 29, 2020

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March 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa health officials say 64 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the state’s total to nearly 300. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Saturday in a news release that the new cases included 14 in Linn County and 12 in Polk County. The new cases include 29 who range in age from 18 to 40; 22 who are 41-60 years old; and 13 who are older than 60. There have been 4,375 who have tested negative to date and three deaths from the virus. The new totals come a day after Gov. Kim Reynolds activated more than three dozen more Iowa Army National Guard members to help handle coronavirus response missions across the state.

HANLONTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in north-central Iowa are searching for a man who reportedly fell out of a fishing boat on the Winnebago River near Hanlontown. The Globe Gazette reports that emergency responders were called around 1:20 p.m. Friday, saying a man had fallen into the water and not resurfaced. Worth County Sheriff Dan Fank says it appears the boat hit some cables, spinning the boat and knocking the man into the water. A second man in the boat was not injured. Fank says the stretch of river the men were fishing is a popular spot for recreational boating and kayaking.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Police in central Iowa have identified a man killed and another wounded in a shooting in Marshalltown earlier this week. Police say 22-year-old Johnqwez Deanthony Lewis died at the scene of the Wednesday night shooting. Officers and medics sent to a residence around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday found Lewis and 27-year-old Devonte Allen Brooks suffering from gunshot wounds. Police say Brooks was taken to a hospital and has since been released. No arrests have been reported. Police are asking the public for any information on the shooting.

Update: Missing Clarinda man found safe

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March 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

UPDATE 4:04-p.m.: Mr. Quick was located & returned to the care facility where he resides. Thanks to the public for their assistance. 

(Original story follows):

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers sent out a notice at around 1:30-p.m. today (Saturday), with regard to a missing man. 28-year old Jordan Charles Quick is missing from a community residential care facility, in Clarinda. Quick, a dependent adult,  is 5’3″ tall, weighs 180 lbs, and has blue eyes.

He was last seen 11:30-p.m. Friday, March 27th, wearing a black/white hoodie, blue jeans & tennis shoes. If you seen Jordan contact the Page County Dispatch Center at 712-542-1419.

Tornadic storm damage reported near Bridgewater

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March 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 4:08-p.m.) The National Weather Service says the Adams County Emergency Management Coordinator has reported damage from a tornadic storm that fired-up quickly and rapidly moved northeast, Saturday afternoon. The tornado damage occurred at around 2:10-p.m. about five-miles southeast of Bridgewater, near the Adams/Adair County line. Officials say two machine sheds were destroyed at a farmstead, but no one was injured.

Other storm reports from around Iowa: Time/Event/Location/Source

KCRG and KGAN TV stations in Cedar Rapids said officials in Fayette County report damage to the communities of Oelwein, Hazelton, Fairbank and Littleton. Viewers report damage near the Buffalo Run Apartments complex on the northwest side of Oelwein sustained roof, siding and window damage. A carport was also completely destroyed. Damage was also been reported at Red Gate Park in Oelwein as well. No injuries have been reported. (Incident timing: approx. 6:45-p.m.)

5:50-p.m. Tornado 4-miles E. of Hudson – Storm spotter reported grain bin and outbuildings destroyed.

5:40-p.m. Tornado 5 miles S. of Hudson (Black Hawk County) – Law Enforcement & confirmed by social media.

5:37-p.m.  Thunderstorm wind damage (Machine shed destroyed) 4 miles Se of Dike in Grundy County – Storm spotter observation

5:37-p.m. Hail ranging from dime- to half-dollars size fell near Manson (in Calhoun County).

5:30-p.m.  Quarter-to Ping-pong ball size hail fell in Rockwell City (Calhoun County) for about 10-minutes (from 5:19-to approx. 5:30-p.m.)

4:30-p.m. Penny-size hail near Ventura (Cerro Gordo County).

4:26-p.m. Brief tornado touchdown 2 miles S/SW of Rhodes (Marshall Co.) – Storm Chaser

3:54-p.m. Non-thunderstorm wind gust at automated site near Lamoni.

For other reports (as they come in) go to https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=DMX&product=HWO

 

Authorities search for man who fell out of boat in Iowa

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March 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

HANLONTOWN, Iowa (Globe Gazette) — Authorities in north-central Iowa are searching for a man who reportedly fell out of a fishing boat on the Winnebago River near Hanlontown. The Globe Gazette reports that emergency responders were called around 1:20 p.m. Friday, saying a man had fallen into the water and not resurfaced.

Worth County Sheriff Dan Fank says it appears the boat hit some cables, spinning the boat and knocking the man into the water. A second man in the boat was not injured. Fank says the stretch of river the men were fishing is a popular spot for recreational boating and kayaking.

Iowa state parks reduce some amenities as part of COVID-19 response

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March 28th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources put out a statement, Saturday, with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak. The DNR says “Iowa state parks are still open. However, please be aware of the following operational changes, effectively immediately, before visiting a state park:

  • All bathrooms, including pit latrines, are closed in Iowa state parks through April 15, 2020. Visitors should bring their own hand sanitizer, as no soap or sanitizer will be available in the park.
  • Because bathrooms are not available, camping is limited to self-contained (enclosed) campers with their own bathrooms through April 15. Camping through April 15 will be available for walk-ins only on a first-come, first-served basis. More details can be found on the park alerts page.
  • Shelters, camping cabins, youth camps and lodges are closed and not available for rentals because of the lack of bathroom facilities available.
  • Playgrounds are not advised to be used during this health emergency. Park staff are unable to keep them clean according to CDC guidelines. User discretion is advised.
  • Please remember to keep physical distance of at least 6 feet between you and other visitors, and avoid areas in parks where people may congregate such as points of interest, scenic overlooks, buildings and busy trails.”

Officials said also, “We appreciate your patience and assistance during these challenging times. We will also be monitoring the situation and may continue to make changes to park operations as needed. Please visit the DNR’s COVID-19 web page for more information about how COVID-19 is affecting DNR events, facilities and services.”