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Thursday Afternoon News, May 7th


COVID-19 Virus Status For Plymouth County

Part 2 of 2 part series

Yesterday, (Wednesday) we learned that Plymouth County had 34 positive cases of the coronavirus. That number has now grown to 44 positive cases in Plymouth County, as of Thursday, May 7th.  More than 600 positive cases were reported in Iowa
on Thursday by the Iowa Department of Public Health, with the number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 now listed at 11,059. Nearly 66,500 people have tested negative for the virus. 4,266 people have made full recoveries from the virus, and unfortunately, the death toll from COVID-19 virus continues to rise, with the latest statistics from the Iowa Department of Public Health now reporting there have been 231 deaths across
the state.

This time of year, due to high pollen counts, many people suffer the effects from allergies. It is also a time when spring colds may be common. But with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, some people may be confused as to whether they simply have the symptoms of a cold or allergies, or if they are having the symptoms associated with the virus. Tara Geddes is the Community Health Director for Plymouth County and says it is understandable why people may feel confused and frighten.

Several meat processing facilities across the state, and within the region, have needed to shut down because of a high rate of infestation with workers contracting the COVID-19 virus. Geddes says her office has been in contact with several local food-based industries that have hundreds of employees to prevent any type of wide spread outbreak of the coronavirus, as seen at
several major meat processing plants.

Since the virus spreads quickly, many people wonder if there is anything that can actually kill the virus.

The Center for Disease Control and other public health officials suggest wearing a mask to help prevent the spread of the virus. Geddes explains why wearing a mask is so important.

The community health director reminds people that are most susceptible to contracting the virus to limit your travels to essential trips, and to stay at home as much as possible.



Hospice Nurses Provide Care And Comfort To Patients And Families

(Le Mars) — During this National Nurses Week as we pay tribute to our nurses, today we focus attention on those nurses that work in hospice units.
Barb Clark is the Hospice Transition Coordinator with Care Initiatives at Sioux City. Clark says many people often have the wrong idea of hospice.
She says it doesn’t necessarily have to mean the end of life.






Clark says the role of the nursing staff within a hospice unit is to make the patient feel as comfortable as possible.

Clark says hospice nurses don’t just focus their attention solely on the patient, but they work and consult also with family members.

Heidi Ploen serves as the Nurse Case Manager for Care Initiatives. She says many times a hospice nurse will continue to offer services to a family following the death of the family member.

Clark says if anyone has questions concerning hospice care, they are urged to contact Care Initiatives.  She says Care Initiatives covers all of northwest Iowa.



Governor Reynolds Suggests People To Use Precautions From Virus Despite Opening Businesses

(Des Moines) — Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a proclamation allowing campgrounds, drive-in movie theaters, tanning facilities and medical spas to reopen throughout the state tomorrow (Friday).
Iowa dentists will be able to perform routine procedures if their office has enough masks and other personal protective equipment. LAST Friday, restaurants and other businesses were allowed to reopen in 77 Iowa counties.
Social and fraternal clubs in those counties may reopen THIS Friday, to serve food and beverages — but at 50 percent capacity. In the other 22 counties, fitness centers can start taking appointments and let one person in at a time. Malls and other retail businesses can reopen at half capacity. However,
restaurants in the 22 county zone must remain closed. While the governor is allowing to have more businesses open, she at the same time is telling Iowans that they need to continue to protect themselves.



FEMA Awards $78 Million Dollars To Iowa For COVID-19 Relief Efforts

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated $78 million to the State of Iowa to help reimburse eligible expenses for emergency protective measures that the state has incurred as a result of its response to COVID-19.
The grant funds, awarded by FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program, were made available Thursday, May 6, and are authorized under a major disaster declaration approved by President Trump on March 29 for the entire state. In total, FEMA has provided nearly $150 million to date in support of the state’s COVID-19 efforts.
The money reimburses 75 percent of projected eligible costs associated with buying essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and medical supplies and equipment during the months of May and June 2020. The supplies include medical gowns, surgical masks, face shields, safety glasses and gloves, disinfectant, respirators and viral swab collections kits.
This obligation also includes: $19.5 million in contract services for TestIowa, $35,000 in contract services associated with overseas PPE purchases and $13.7 million for additional medical supplies and equipment for the month of April. All figures represent the 75 percent federal share. The 25 percent is paid by the grant recipient.
“We are pleased to provide this significant grant to the State of Iowa to help them manage the financial demands that they’re experiencing as a result of COVID-19,” said Paul Taylor, FEMA Region VII Administrator. “We will continue to work closely with them as our shared efforts to respond to this pandemic continue.”
In addition to the $78 million, FEMA has obligated the following money for Iowa (75 percent federal share):
▪ $44 million to reimburse eligible costs for buying essential PPE, medical suppliesand equipment for March and April;
▪ $4 million to reimburse state administrative costs associated with COVID-19
▪ $17 million to pay costs associated with the deployment of Iowa National Guard
members deployed under Title 32 authorities;
▪ $4.2 million to the Veterans Health Administration to pay for use of up to 20 beds at
VA facilities and to pay for extra nursing care at state veteran’s facility.
**Note: Numbers are rounded to the nearest million and represent money made available to the state.
Final dollars will be determined after expenses are reconciled so totals may differ.
The Public Assistance program provides grants at a 75/25 cost share to state and local governments, tribal nations and certain non-profit entities to assist with eligible costs associated with responding to and recovering from disasters.