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Iowa Widow Blames Unvaccinated Americans For Fully Vaccinated Husband’s Death

A woman in Iowa has expressed her anger toward Americans who refuse to get inoculated or wear masks in public, indoor spaces after she lost her fully vaccinated husband to COVID-19 last month. Ardith Keplinger's 77-year-old husband, Gary Keplinger, of Mount Ayr, died of a "breakthrough" COVID-19 infection on Aug....
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Widow: Unvaccinated to Blame for Vaccinated Iowa Man's Death

An Iowa woman whose husband died from a breakthrough COVID-19 infection is blaming Americans who refuse to mask or get vaccinated. “It’s that kind of attitude that killed my husband,” Ardith Keplinger, whose husband, Gary Keplinger, of Mount Ayr, was buried this month, told the Des Moines Register. In his...

COVID-19 cases surge in response to delta variant; vaccination rates still stagnant

COVID-19 cases rose significantly in Poweshiek County and across the state of Iowa this August. There were 41 new documented cases in the county during the last week of August, compared to eight in the last week of July. Although the case counts remain significantly lower than during the spike in positive tests in fall 2020, the increase in cases threatens to raise what has been a flatter trend line in the last few months.

Raccoon Valley Radio-Listening Reporting Over Half Partially Vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccination numbers continue to increase in the Raccoon Valley Radio-listening area. According to the State Coronavirus Dashboard, as of Wednesday, Dallas County reports 51,760 individuals who have completed the vaccine series and 75 percent of the county has received at least one dose. Guthrie County has 5,463 people who have completed the series and 67 percent have completed at least one dose of the series. Adair County reports 3,083 who have completed the series of vaccines and 56 percent have received at least single one dose. In Greene County 4,409 have completed the series and 66 percent of the county has completed at least one dose of the vaccine.

Vaccine Hesitancy in the Drake Community

Last Thursday on Sept. 9, President Biden announced that the White House will be mandating vaccines for all workplaces with over 100 employees. While university students are not considered “employees,” Drake is doing what they can to encourage higher vaccine rates among students and staff, including the use of incentives and the urging of students to get the vaccine in weekly COVID update emails.

Central Iowa clinics prepare to administer COVID-19 vaccine boosters

AMES, Iowa — COVID-19 booster vaccinations for those who have had two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines will soon be available. Story County Public Health has a plan in place to start administering the boosters. "We are ready," said Les White, Story County public health director. The booster...

Warren County Health Services Vaccination Update

Approximately 25,733 individuals in Warren County have been vaccinated against COVID-19, or 50%. According to Warren County Health Services, those aged 65 and older have the highest vaccination percentage with 85.5% of all individuals fully vaccinated, which gradually declines the lower the age. All vaccination percentages are based on the total population for the eligible age group.
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Iowa Republicans blast Biden’s vaccine mandate

Iowa Republicans criticized President Joe Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandate on Thursday, calling the move an overreach of the federal government. Biden will require all employees of businesses with more than 100 employees to be vaccinated or face regular testing, he said in a live address on Thursday. The action plan also includes vaccine mandates for most federal workers, federal contractors, and for more than 17 million health care workers at Medicare and Medicaid hospitals and health care settings.