Delta COVID-19 variant found in Nebraska

NORTHEAST NEBRASKA — Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department was notified that the Delta COVID-19 Variant has been identified as having infected someone living in the NNPHD Health District. The Delta Variant is the newest variant in a long list of variants that have developed due to mutations occurring in the...
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Mahaska County, IAKBOE Radio


A Mahaska County resident is one of six Iowans reported to have died from coronavirus Thursday (6/17). This brings the state’s death total from the pandemic to 6109. There were also 74 new positive tests for COVID-19, raising the state total to 372,894. Two new positive tests were reported in Keokuk County, with one in both Mahaska and Wapello Counties.
Iowa City,

Health officials warn about new Delta coronavirus variant

Iowa City to recognize Juneteenth as official city holiday for first time. Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague signed a proclamation announcing the city will officially observe Juneteenth for this first time in the city’s history. Updated: 4 hours ago. Governor Kim Reynolds is expected to sign a bill which will...
Nebraska StateSioux City Journal

Delta COVID variant found in Northeast Nebraska

WAYNE, Neb. -- The Delta variant of COVID-19 has been identified in a person living in the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department, a district comprised of Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne counties. A press release sent Wednesday by the NNPHD did not specify which of the four counties the Delta...
Jasper County, IANewton Daily News

Supervisors not yet ready to spend COVID-19 funds

Jasper County Supervisors want to wait until more information is known about what COVID relief money can be spent on before considering or moving forward with former candidate Jon Dunwell’s proposal to create a committee and develop a comprehensive plan for the county’s Fiscal Recovery Fund. Dunwell said he was...

Hearthstone Recognized by PACE for COVID-19 Efforts

The fourth organization recognized with a Standing Ovation Award from the Pella Area Community and Economic Alliance is Hearthstone, A Ministry of Wesleylife. PACE Alliance Executive Director Karen Eischen says the non-profit senior living organization was challenged as many long-term care facilities were affected by COVID-19, a virus considered particularly dangerous for older people. Eischen says the way Hearthstone navigated various protocols served as an inspiration to others throughout the community during the worst of the pandemic. Hearthstone joined George’s Pizza, Families First of Pella, and Triumph Martial Arts as PACE Alliance Standing Ovation winners.

Let’s Talk Pella – Food Shelf Summer Update

Pella Community Food Shelf Executive Director Melissa Zula discusses their needs during the summer, and how they’ve returned to more normal service post COVID-19. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | Subscribe to Let's Talk Pella.

Triumph Martial Arts Recognized for COVID-19 Efforts

One of the PACE Alliance Standing Ovation 2020 award-winners had to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic by taking a largely in-person activity and making it accessible to those all during a time of distancing. Triumph Martial Arts was one of the four organizations recognized by the PACE Alliance at a special...
Iowa County,

CDC: Vaccinated people are 90 percent protected against COVID-19

In Montezuma, downtown windows are full of posters about Xavior Harrelson, the 11-year-old boy who has been missing since late May. California man arrested in Iowa County for alleged attempt to entice a minor. Updated: 7 hours ago. The Iowa County Sheriff's Office arrested a California man the say tried...

Families First Recognized for Overcoming COVID-19 Challenges

One of the four organizations recognized by the PACE Alliance for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic is aiming to get closer to normal this year with their support of parents locally. Karen Eischen with PACE says Families First of Pella received the Standing Ovation award for how they navigated...

Crossroads of Pella Navigated Through COVID-19 to Help Others

Crossroads of Pella is reflecting on lessons learned from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Director Jim Hibma says as an organization that aims to help people through a variety of means, it was initially challenging to find ways to keep that assistance up when in-person options were not available. Hibma says from distributing face masks to remote counseling to shopping for seniors, Crossroads of Pella aimed to be a key resource for vulnerable populations, especially when shutdowns were ongoing. Hibma says the return of the Klompen Classic last month marked a return to normalcy, but at the same time, he reminds the public they remain available to help those in need. Hear more on today’s In Depth with Dr. Bob Leonard.

PACE Alliance Recognizes Organizations, Businesses for COVID-19 Response

The Pella Area Community & Economic Alliance recognized those who went above and beyond to help Pella stay open and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Standing Ovation award ceremony took place on the Molengracht Canal during the PACE Alliance Member “Thank You” Reception Friday afternoon. Executive Director Karen Eischen...
Delta, IAQuad-Cities Times

The Covid-19 Delta variant poses a threat to our return to 'normal'

As variants of Covid-19 have spread in the US, the public health policy and programmatic responses have been largely consistent: vaccinate as soon as possible, mask up and keep social distancing. But as vaccinations have increased, there has been a collective relaxation of the masking and distancing that were previously indispensable public health measures.
Mahaska County, IAKBOE Radio


Eight people in Iowa have died from coronavirus over the last three days. None of those deaths were in the No Coast Network listening area. The Iowa Department of Public Health says the state’s death total for the pandemic is now 6055. There were also 145 new positive COVID-19 tests reported Saturday (5/29) through Monday (5/31), bringing the pandemic total to 371,377. Six new positive tests were reported in Monroe County, two in both Poweshiek and Marion Counties and one in Mahaska County–with no new positive tests in Wapello, Jasper and Keokuk Counties.

Pella School Board Approves Items Related to Benefits, Pay

The Pella School Board approved items related to employee benefits at their meeting Monday. The board approved a revised wellness plan, the 2021-22 miscellaneous pay schedule, and 12-month employee vacation leave options for those in the district unable to use time off due to COVID-19. All district administrators also gave reports about the end of the school year as well.