Governor Reynolds Praises Testing Teams
(Des Moines) — Governor Kim Reynolds took the time to praise health officials from across the state, and to share how important it is for testing, and how testing helps officials with watching the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Sioux Center Begins “Test Iowa” Program
(Sioux Center) — During her daily COVID-19 briefing, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds again emphasized the importance of testing for the coronavirus.
Starting today, Sioux Center is the latest site for the state-run “Test Iowa” program. Marshalltown and Burlington will begin testing on Thursday. Cory Nelson serves as the C-E-O for the Sioux Center Community Health. He tells of the location for the “Test Iowa” testing.
The Sioux Center middle school is located at 950 4th Avenue Northeast.
Nelson shares Reynolds thoughts regarding the importance being tested for the COVID-19 virus.
Nelson is not certain of the method being used for the Test Iowa program, but he says at the Sioux Center hospital they have used a nasal swab testing with
a good percentage of accuracy.
The Sioux Center hospital executive says results are usually known within a couple of days.
Nelson says the Sioux Center hospital has conducted 213 tests so far, since the start of the COVID-19 virus, and he shares the results from those tests.
Nelson says so far, there have not been any deaths associated with the COVID-19 virus from the Sioux Center hospital. Nelson says if anyone should encounter any of the symptoms with the coronavirus, they should consult with their physician.
Iowa Theater Chain Starting Slowly After Getting Okay to Re-open
(Des Moines, IA) — Movie theaters were allowed to re-open this past weekend after being closed since March 17th by the coronavirus pandemic.
Fridley Theaters spokesman Russ Van Orsdel says his chain limited the opening to the five-screen theater in Carrol and the three-plex in Cherokee. He said with minimal time to promote movie titles and showtimes — attendance was limited — but the guests that visited were excited to get back a little piece
of normalcy — and be transported into the world of movies going again. Van Orsdel says they look forward to re-opening the remainder theaters this Friday. He says they put together a plan and asked guests limit groups to a maximum of six people, accompany and closely supervise children. utilize credit cards for contactless payment, and practice social distancing in all
areas. They also recommend customers wear masks.
Clear Lake Cancels Fourth of July Celebration
(Clear Lake, IA) — Another annual tradition that brings tens of thousands of tourists to northern Iowa is falling victim to pandemic concerns. The Clear Lake 4th of July Celebration is being cancelled. Stacy Doughan (DAWN) of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce says one of the major concerns was
meeting the state’s social distancing requirements. She says “we are hopeful that at some point, we will be able to reintroduce some of the events back like the fireworks display over the lake.” While Governor Kim Reynolds is relaxing many restrictions, Doughan says there’s no way to make sure a huge
crowd would fully comply with the six-foot rule, but they are considering options including a possible alternate location for the fireworks.
NWS : At Least 4 Tornadoes Tuesday in Iowa
(Des Moines, IA) — The National Weather Service says at least four tornadoes were reported in parts of Iowa on Tuesday. It was the second straight day of severe weather. All the tornadoes were pretty weak and no injuries were reported. The first tornado near Waukee touched down briefly at the Shottenkirk Chevrolet dealership. Manager Paul Deyarman said it
picked up a Chevy Suburban and move it a few feet. The tornado broke windows of vehicles, ripped off part of the roof on its car wash and popped off vehicle tanks. The second occurred minutes later just east of Dallas Center.
Later in the afternoon, tornadoes were reported northwest of Woolstock in northern Iowa and northeast of Adair in west-central Iowa.
Cedar Rapids Police ID Victim of Suspicious Death
(Cedar Rapids, IA) – – Police in Cedar Rapids are identifying the victim of Friday’s suspicious death. Officers say 69-year-old Daniel Spangler died of a gunshot wound and the manner of death is homicide. Authorities doing a welfare check could see a person lying on the floor through a window. The officer made entry and found Spangler dead in the home. The homicide
investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.