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IOWA-VIRUS OUTBREAK

Iowa hospitals stressed by high spread of COVID and demand for testing

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An increase in coronavirus cases in Iowa has put medical centers under significant stress as people rush to get tested, hospitalizations rise and health workers are put on hold. spread by disease. University of Iowa Health Care CEO Suresh Gunasekaran said Thursday that Iowa is likely entering a spike in viral activity with the highly transmissible omicron variant, and the next three to four weeks will be critical in determining the severity and duration of the viral outbreak. The demand for testing in hospitals and clinics is at an all time high, and among those infected are many health workers or their families. Gunasekaran says this has led to staff shortages that have strained hospital resources now than at any time during the pandemic.

HUNDREDS OF PIGS DIE

Iowa man arrested after hundreds of pigs killed by negligence

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa man was arrested after hundreds of pigs died on his farm last month after they ran out of adequate feed and kept in conditions so cold that some of their ears froze. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested the 38-year-old on Monday on charges of neglect of livestock, misdemeanor. Court records say he was hired to raise 2,500 baby pigs until they reached around 280 pounds. The animals were delivered to his farm in rural Cedar Falls in late December along with 15 tonnes of feed. A consultant discovered on December 30 that 800 of the pigs had died. Others died later.

IOWA GOVERNOR-SICKNESS

Iowa governor cancels public events over illness

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds called off official activities Thursday and Friday due to illness, but her spokesperson said she tested negative for COVID- 19. Reynolds was absent from the State of the Guard address Thursday morning in Iowa House by Iowa National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Ben Corell. Alex Murphy, the governor’s spokesperson, said Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg will attend the speech as well as a subsequent event and sign a proclamation at the Iowa Capitol. Murphy noted that all other events have been canceled for Thursday and Friday. Reynolds has been vaccinated and given a booster.

SHOOTING IN WOODBURY COUNTY

Woodbury County MP kills man accused of iron attack

SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (AP) – A Woodbury County Sheriff’s deputy gunned down a man who authorities said attacked him with a tire iron. MPs were called to a mobile home park in Sergeant Bluff around 6 p.m. to verify a burglary report. The Sioux City Journal reports that after the deputies arrived, a witness pointed them at someone trying to enter a house. When MPs approached the man, they said he threatened them with a tire iron. One deputy fired a stun gun at the man but it did not stop him and he hit another deputy with the tire iron. The second deputy then shot the man. He was taken to a hospital in Sioux City, where he died. The injured MP was treated in a hospital and released.

WINTER WEATHER-IOWA

Winter storm will make Friday night’s commute difficult

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Forecasters predict a winter storm could dump nearly a foot of snow over parts of Iowa. The National Weather Service said the storm could move into central Iowa on Friday, with wind gusts of 20 to 25 mph producing pockets of blowing snow and blowing snow, particularly in open rural areas. One of the hardest hit areas will be Des Moines, where forecasts call for accumulations of 7 to 11 inches. Other parts of the state could get as little as 2 or 3 inches. The National Weather Service is warning that trips will be dangerous at times and that Friday night trips will be affected.

APARTMENTS FOR TROUBLES

Davenport demands repairs to ailing second apartment complex

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A company that owns an apartment complex in Davenport that has been declared uninhabitable is now facing problems at another complex. The Quad City Times reports that inspections of Crestwood apartments have revealed problems such as mold and rodents. Davenport officials ordered the property released in August. Emails, notices and city orders obtained by the Quad-City Times and Dispatch-Argus through a public registration request show a similar situation unfolding at Heatherton Apartments, which is owned by the same group based in Minnesota. The city discovered during an inspection in December that some items had been fixed but other issues had not. City officials have warned that if the property fails a re-inspection later this month, the 60-day release process will begin.

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