Sioux Center, Iowa — A storage building and its contents were destroyed in a fire on Saturday, June 27, 2020, near Sioux Center, and five area fire departments sent personnel to help extinguish the blaze.
Sheldon, Iowa — Construction of the new Coop Oil truck stop, which will be located at the northeast corner of the Highway 18 and 60 junction in east Sheldon, is progressing nicely, according to Sheldon Development Coordinator Curt Strouth. Read more
Sheldon, Iowa — High school graduation is a launching point for young lives. Whether they’re headed into further education, the workforce or the military, high school graduation is an exciting time for seniors and their families. Until this year. Sheldon High School’s Class of 2020 SHOULD have received their diplomas in graduation ceremonies this past Memorial Day Weekend, but COVID-19 caused things to be put on hold. In fact, until recently, it wasn’t known if the district would be able to hold a graduation ceremony at all.
Statewide Iowa (RI) — The American Red Cross is now testing all blood donations from Iowans for COVID-19 antibodies. Red Cross spokesman Joe Zydlo says the tests will let donors know if they have been exposed to coronavirus, plus, it’s another way to encourage people to donate a pint.
(As above) Zydlo says, “There continues to be an urgent need for blood donations as our hospital partners resume surgeries and treatments that require blood products.”
The F-D-A-authorized tests will run until further notice. Donors are expected to learn the results in seven-to-ten days. Zydlo says Red Cross chapters have received several calls from people who reported coronavirus symptoms but never took a test.
(As above) “I think this gives people peace of mind, but it’s also a sort of two-way street,” he says. “Number one, they can help by donating blood right now when we have an urgent need. Blood drives continue to be canceled. Hospitals are doing more procedures and surgeries. They’re going to need more blood. More people are on the roads. There could be more of a chance of trauma situations.”
Zydlo says the testing will let donors know if they have the antibodies in their bloodstream.
(as said) “If they have those in their plasma and they want to come back in and maybe donate some plasma to help COVID-19 patients recover, or they may not have it. But at least it gives them peace of mind,” he says.
If you don’t feel well, postpone donating blood. If you think you might have COVID-19, wait until you’re symptom-free for at least 28 days and feeling well before making a donation. Zydlo says it’s important to note, the Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. Also, a positive antibody test results does -not- confirm infection or immunity, but it does indicate potential exposure to the virus.
Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two Rock Rapids juveniles are in trouble with the law after they allegedly lit a round bale on fire in Rock Rapids. Read more
West Des Moines, Iowa — Hy-Vee is recalling an additional 12 salads across its eight-state region due to the potential that they may be contaminated with Cyclospora. Read more