• As pandemic ebbs, an old fear is new again: Mass shootings

    1 day ago - By Wood TV

    PORTLAND, Ore. - Brianne Smith was overjoyed to get an e-mail telling her to schedule a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Hours later, her relief was replaced by dread: a phone alert - another mass public shooting.
    Before the pandemic, she would scan for the nearest exit in public places and routinely practiced active shooter drills at the company where she works. But after a year at home in the pandemic, those anxieties had faded. Until now.
    “I haven't been living in fear with COVID because I'm able to make educated decisions to keep myself safe,” says Smith, 21, who lives in St...
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  • 'India Variant' of COVID-19 Detected in Jefferson County Residents

    'India Variant' of COVID-19 Detected in Jefferson County Residents

    1 day ago - By Who TV

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Another variant of COVID-19 has been identified in Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.
    A release from the IDPH says SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617, also referred to as the India variant, has been detected in an adult and older adult in Jefferson County. The cases were detected using sequencing by the State Hygienic Lab.
    According to the IDPH, the India variant is not designated a “variant of concern,” because there isn't current evidence it spreads more easily than the original virus or that it causes more severe disease.
    The IDPH has reached out to the two...
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  • 1.1 Million Iowans Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

    1.1 Million Iowans Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

    1 day ago - By Who TV

    DES MOINES, Iowa - The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show another 6,037 are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while another 373 Iowans have tested positive for the coronavirus.
    The new numbers reflect testing reported on the IDPH's COVID-19 website over the 24 hours between 10:00 a.m. Monday and 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. The newly reported positive cases and deaths may not have occurred during that time period, as the state has been adding backdated test results into the data.
    The number of new positive COVID-19 tests reported for the time period brings the total...
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