102 cases confirmed in BV, more events cancels

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

State health officials reported four more deaths and 304 additional cases of COVID-19 on Monday. To date, 14,955 people have tested positive, 355 have died, 382 were hospitalized and 7,324 have recovered. Over 103,000 Iowans had been tested as of Monday.

In Buena Vista County, 31 additional cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed Sunday and Monday , for a total to date of 113 - the 14th highest per capita rate in Iowa. Fourteen were considered recovered, and no deaths had been reported in the county or any of the adjacent counties. Over 2,100 Test Iowa assessments had been done among BV County residents.

In the region, Sioux City remains the hotspot, with 2,278 confirmed cases and 17 fatalities.

County to consider

courthouse reopening

Buena Vista County Supervisors are scheduled to review COVID-19 policies and plan for a reopening of the courthouse when they meet tomorrow.

Last week, supervisors opted to leave restrictions in place, expecting case numbers to rise as more testing gets underway at the Test Iowa site, nursing homes and the Tyson plants.

“One of my frustrations is that it was probably here all along, but there was no testing, and now we are going to look like a super hot spot,” chairperson Rhonda Ringgenberg said.

Some department heads have expressed concern about a sudden reopening when offices are not currently fully staffed. Supervisors said they will try to give some advance notice.

SL Public library plans for reopening

The Storm Lake Public Library is scheduled to reopen June 1, health conditions allowing. The staff is being provided with protective equipment, sneeze guards, and hand sanitizer stations will be set up. Face covering is suggested for patrons. After a complete shutdown earlier, the library has been allowing curbside pickup of reserved materials.

National Night Out cancelled in SL

The Storm Lake Police Department has cancelled the 36th annual National Night Out celebration in Storm Lake due to COVID-19 concerns. The event had been scheduled for Tuesday, August 4.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Firefighters and paramedics also take part in a number of neighborhood gatherings.

The SLPD has been involved in the National Night Out Campaign since 1990 and will look forward to continuing the tradition next year in 2021.

Municipal Band concerts called off

The Storm Lake Municipal Band has cancelled all of its concerts for summer 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. The decision was finalized at Thursday’s band board meeting. “It’s a very sad situation,” City Manager Keri Navratil said. “After seeing that the Star Spangled Spectacular was being cancelled, and seeing bands in other cities calling off their events, it seemed like the right thing to do.”

Only a few of the later-season events remain scheduled - including the county fair, Wood Wine & Blues, and the Albert City Threshermen Show. At presstime, the King’s Pointe waterparks remained closed with no reopening date announced.

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