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Iowa Covid-19 (mid-day) update, 5/30/20

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May 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health, said as of mid-day today (Saturday), to-date, 375 new positive cases had been reported, along with 10 deaths. That brings the statewide total to 19,167 positive cases and 527 deaths. IPDH reported 150,114 Iowans have been tested for coronavirus, while 10,9362 have recovered. 130,519 have tests negative. The number of LTC facility outbreaks is 39; 1,558 LTC patients/staff have tested positive; 704 have recovered, and 248 have died.

Iowa’s hospitalization data continues to show flat or declining rates. Hospitalizations showed a peak around May 6 and have been declining or flat since that date. IDPH reports 368 Iowans are hospitalized with the virus, with 29 admitted in the last 24 hours. There were 118 patients in intensive care and 69 patients on ventilators.

As mentioned in our last report, Cass County has one new positive case of COVID-19, for a total of 12. Nine people have also recovered from the virus in the County. The only other changes in numbers for the surrounding counties, was in Guthrie County where there were two more cases (for a total of 50; 30 have recovered), and in Shelby County, which had an additional case (for a total of 35; 30 have recovered).

In western/southwest Iowa, the latest RMCC data show 12 persons were hospitalized over the past 24 hours, 6 were in an ICU, 5 were admitted to a hospital, and 3 people were on ventilators.

US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high

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May 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks. Overall, the cost of food bought to eat at home skyrocketed by the most in 46 years, and analysts caution that meat prices in particular could remain high as slaughterhouses struggle to so keep workers healthy.

While price spikes for staples such as eggs and flour have eased as consumer demand has leveled off, prices may remain volatile for carrots, potatoes and other produce because of transportation issues and the health of workers who pick crops and work in processing plants.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/30/20

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May 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

More State and area news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & Funeral report, 5/30/20

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May 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The area’s latest and/or top news stories at 7:05-a.m. From KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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2 juveniles escape from Clarinda Academy Friday night

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May 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports two male, native American juveniles absconded from the Clarinda Academy shortly before midnight, Friday. One of the boys is 5-feet 11-inches tall, has brown hair and brown eyes. He is wearing a black t-shirt and black pants. The other male is 5-feet one inch tall, also with brown hair and brown eyes. If you see or have seen juveniles matching those description, contact your local law enforcement agency.

The Clarinda Academy is a residential academic and behavioral health treatment facility for adolescent males.

Red Oak man arrested Friday night for Interference w/official acts

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May 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a man was taken into custody at around 11:20-p.m. Friday, for Interference with Official Acts. 27-year old Steven Ripley, of Red Oak, was taken into custody in the 500 block of E. Reed Street and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where his bond was set at $300.

COVID-19 update (5/30/20) – 1 new case in Cass County; 527 dead statewide

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May 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health, Saturday (today), report Cass County has one new positive case of COVID-19, for a total of 12. Nine people have also recovered from the virus in the County. The only other changes in numbers for the surrounding counties, was in Guthrie County where there were two more cases (for a total of 50; 30 have recovered), and in Shelby County, which had an additional case (for a total of 35; 30 have recovered).

In western/southwest Iowa, the latest RMCC data show 12 persons were hospitalized over the past 24 hours, 6 were in an ICU, 5 were admitted to a hospital, and 3 people were on ventilators.

Statewide, to date:

  • 148, 886 Iowans had been tested for the virus
  • 19,019 tested positive for COVID-19
  • 129,440 have tested negative
  • 10,896 have recovered
  • 527 have died
  • 368 people were being treated for the virus in a hospital
  • 118 patients were in an ICU
  • 29 had been admitted over the past 24-hours
  • 69 patients were on ventilators.
  • The number of LTC facility outbreaks is up one, to 39; 1,553 LTC patients/staff have tested positive; 702 have recovered, and 247 have died.

Pott. County Public Health: 12 new COVID-19 cases, 8th virus-related death

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May 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Pottawattamie County Public Health, late Friday, reported there are 12 new cases of COVID-19 among residents of Council Bluffs. PCPH said also, “We are sad to report our eight COVID-19 related death for Pottawattamie County.” The patient was a woman from Council Bluffs who was 81 years of age or older, and had pre-existing medical conditions.

Six of the 12 new, positive COVID-19 cases are persons age 18-to 40, two are age 41-to 60, and one is a person 81 years of age or older. Those persons were tested between May 23rd and 27th. PCPH says so far, 2,915 Pottawattamie County residents have been tested for the virus. Of those, 272 tested positive.

An additional six people have recovered, for a total of 152. Seven patients are hospitalized, and 99 are self-isolating. A total of 79 cases are the result of community spread. For additional COVID-19 information, including case demographics filtered by county, go to the IDPH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.iowa.gov.

Iowa early News Headlines: Saturday, May 30 2020

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May 30th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:45 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police used tear gas to disperse a crowd of several hundred people who gathered near the downtown police headquarters after a peaceful rally earlier in the evening. Live video by KCCI-TV showed police trying to talk with protesters at a rally several days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody. Floyd’s death has led to nights of protests and unrest in Minneapolis and St. Paul that have spread to other cities around the country. Organizers of a rally outside Des Moines police headquarters had asked people to leave after the hour-long event but some remained nearby, occasionally shouting slogans at police who were wearing helmets and holding shields. Police fired tear gas about 9 p.m., leading many protesters to run into nearby streets.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Meatpacking plants that had to briefly close due to coronavirus outbreaks have been back up and running for weeks, but production backlogs are forcing farmers to euthanize thousands of hogs that can’t be processed, drawing complaints from animal welfare advocates. The preferred methods of euthanizing hogs include gunshots or electrocution, but when thousands must be destroyed en masse, producers shut off the ventilation, causing heat to build up in barns and kill them. Animal welfare groups say that is inhumane and should be stopped. An estimated 2.5 million hogs are backed up on farms nationwide.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State budget experts say Gov. Kim Reynolds and the legislature will have about $360 million less to use for next year’s budget than earlier expected. The Iowa Revenue Estimating Conference, a group of three people responsible for estimating state revenue, set lower expectations for this year and next after debating the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The group lowered the state revenue estimate for the current year, which ends June 30, by $150 million from a March estimate. For next year, officials will have about $7.88 billion to work with. That’s about $360 million less than had been estimated in March.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they believe they’ve found the remains of a missing Arizona woman and her stepfather in Iowa inside the stepfather’s car after it was found buried in an undeveloped lot. The Waterloo Courier reports that authorities were waiting for confirmation from a medical examiner that the remains found on a dead-end road in Evansdale, Iowa, are those of 28-year-old Elissa Landry and 45-year-old David Batten, of Chino Valley, Arizona. Landry and Batten were reported missing April 19. No arrests have been made, but a 24-year-old suspect who was formerly from Waterloo, Iowa, has been detained.

Rollover accident northeast of Atlantic

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May 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of a rollover accident Friday night, northeast of Atlantic. According to scanner traffic, the single-vehicle accident happened at around 8:23-p.m. at 640th and Fayette. Initial reports had one person trapped, but about 10-minutes later, all occupants where out of the vehicle, a Saturn Vue, that had rolled over and landed on its top. Law enforcement said there did not appear to be any serious injuries.

Atlantic Fire and Rescue, Medivac Ambulance and Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies were on the scene.  Additional details are currently not available.