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Friday, September 25, 2020

Dubuque County sees biggest single-day COVID-19 spike to date

Dubuque health officials reported Thursday that the county saw the largest single-day increase in positive COVID-19 cases so far. 134 patients tested positive for the virus, reflecting a 33% (32.7) positivity rate over the latest 24-hour recording period, a number close to double the % of positive cases over the past two weeks (16.5%). "We've been having this increase in amount of cases for over a week now," Mary Rose Corrigan, a public health specialist for the City of Dubuque and member of the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team. The surge in County cases coming just-over two weeks after a proposed County-wide mask mandate failed to pass. On Wednesday night the Dubuque County Board of Health agreed to begin releasing COVID-19 data by ZIP code.
KWWL-TV NBC 7 Waterloo

Merrill Fire, EMS move ahead with Fall Picnic

Merrill Fire and EMS have found a way to reinvent their annual Fall Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 26. Due to COVID-19, Fire Chief Jacob Conley said his department had to look at how they could continue to host their yearly fundraiser, while keeping everyone safe. “We are used to having everybody come in and sit down and chat and then offer an educational demonstration of our services provided before concluding the event with our sit down meal,” he shared. “However, this year in our hope to limit contact we have instead decided to offer the picnic as either a drive thru option or a carry out option.” The fire station will be open where cars can pull right into it to pick up their order, Conley explained. This year’s event will be held from 6-7 p.m. at 500 Roosevelt St., Merrill. The meal will feature a pulled pork sandwich, sides of homemade coleslaw and potato salad, and a variety of desserts. “These are perfect for taking out to the fields for harvest,” Conley said.
LeMars Daily Sentinel

Raymond James Financial donates $100-thousand to Red Cross Disaster Relief fund

Raymond James Financial donated $100-thousand dollars to the American Red Cross on Thursday. The Red Cross said it spent about 1.7 million dollars in relief providing hotel rooms to nearly 2,500 people, 90 thousand meals, and 250 thousand cases of water to people in need. They said this money will go back to the disaster relief fund. “Everything comes with a cost,” said Justin Hass with the American Red Cross. “We were sheltering folks in hotels because of COVID 19; that comes with an additional cost, but it’s worth it to keep people safe and provide that recovery for people in need.” “It’s amazing how quickly the storm came through and how much damage it did,” said Raymond James Financial Advisor Jeremy James. "Hearing that it’s going to cost 1.7 million just for the Red Cross was staggering. Haas said most of the 2,500 people housed in hotels were now in long term housing environments.
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Sioux City Fire Rescue receives Mission Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award

Sioux City Fire Rescue is being recognized for its efforts to save the lives of people fighting heart attacks. The department has received the American Heart Association's "Mission Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award" for its work to treat those patients with the highest standard of care. "Gold-Plus" is the highest level of award offered by the AHA and Sioux City is one of five cities in Iowa to be recognized at that level.
KMEG-TV CBS 14 Sioux City

Davenport honors officer, firefighter

Davenport City Council on Wednesday honored Behning and Captain Todd Whitchelo for being awarded police officer and firefighter of the year, respectively, by the Davenport American Legion Post 26. Whitchelo was recognized for coming to the aid of a climber who who was seriously injured in a 30-foot fall. Whitchelo and his wife were walking in a local state park, when they came across the young man who had fallen from off the rock cliff. He and his wife administered first aid. Whitchelo notified emergency medical crews of the situation and called for a helicopter to airlift the man to Iowa City, where he received treatment and made a full recovery. "It's been a privilege to work for the Davenport Fire Department for nearly 30 years, and I can't imagine ever doing anything else," Whitchelo said. "It's just a real honor, but I didn't do anything that any other firefighter, paramedic, police officer, first responder in the nation would do."
Quad-City Times - Metered Site

Training burn Held in Knoxville

Three local fire departments participated in a training burn Saturday morning in a vacant house on Rock Island Street in Knoxville. The structure had previously been used for training purposes, but without live fire. The departments trained on fire behavior, attack strategies and more. Knoxville Firefighter Travis Delaney says that this training provided invaluable experience, especially for newer members. “We’ve got a lot of new people, including myself. We’ve had fires around here, but nothing to this extent, so it was nice getting in there, working as a team. We’re young, we’ve got a few older people here where you can only do so much, so having a live fire is a really integral part of training to get that feel for it. It was a live burn, I mean it could happen tomorrow. So it gives us another tool to familiarize with it.”
KNIA-AM 1320 & KRLS-FM 92.1

Fiery rollover crash closes interstate in Linn County

VIDEO: I-380 has reopened following a rollover crash that caused a fire just before 2 a.m. on Thursday. The Iowa Department of Transportation said a truck crashed and was engulfed in flames causing the closure of Walford Road that passes over the interstate. The crash happened in the southbound lanes at the bridge between Wright Brothers Boulevard and the truck stop south of Cedar Rapids. Officials said fire crews were able to put out the fire and conducted a search for a possible victim. Though no victims were found in the area, officials were later advised that a man had asked for assistance at a local business. Officials determined the man to be the victim in the rollover, but his name and condition has not been released at this time.
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

Newton Fire Department responds to chemical found disposed in garbage

The Newton Fire Department responded to call about a person who had been splashed with a chemical that had been disposed of in the garbage. The chemical caused a burning sensation when it came in contact with the person’s skin. The incident occurred before 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, near the intersection of South Eighth Avenue West and West Seventh Street South, across the street from Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Once on scene, fire crews found the chemical was leaking from the garbage truck and was reacting with the city street, according to Newton Fire Chief Jarrod Wellik. The NFD identified and neutralized the chemical, rendering it harmless. The person who had come in contact with the chemical was not transported to the hospital. The origin of the chemical remains under investigation.
Newton Daily News

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