KXEL Afternoon News for Wed. Mar. 25, 2020

KXEL Afternoon News for Wed. Mar. 25, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health said it has been notified of 21 new coronavirus cases in the state. This brings the total number of cases to Iowa to 145. There have been a total of 2,578 negative lab tests so far. The new cases include one in Linn County, six in Johnson County, and the first two reported in Benton County.

Pepsico North Americas Foods says an employee at the Quaker Oats facility in Cedar Rapids has tested positive for COVID-19. Employees who were in contact with that employee are now in quarantine. Officials say they have closed certain lines and common areas and are conducting a deep cleaning of targeted plant areas. They note there is a low risk of spread from surfaces, products or packages.

Secretary of State Paul Pate is extending the absentee voting period to 40 days for Iowans who choose to vote by mail in the June 2nd primary. This is by authority granted under Iowa law during a disaster. Curbside voting, as always, is an option for Iowans with disabilities and those who might have difficulty entering a polling place. This option will also be available in the June primary to voters who are in the high-risk population for the coronavirus.

Out of an abundance of caution Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa is temporarily closing its retail stores in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Dubuque, Waverly, Independence, Oelwein, Decorah, Dyersville, Maquoketa and Toledo, until further notice. In addition, all administrative buildings, donation centers, and outlet store are closed to the general public.

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care-United Medical Park has transitioned to a respiratory illness clinic. The clinic, at 1731 W. Ridgeway Ave., will be dedicated to the triage and treatment of patients with respiratory illnesses. United Medical Park was chosen for the respiratory illness clinic because of its centralized location in the Cedar Valley and infrastructure in place to effectively screen visitors as they arrive.

Waterloo Police are looking for a 17-year-old girl and her 4-month-old daughter. Zakiyyah Roby was last seen around 6 a.m. Wednesday at an address on Randolph Street in Waterloo. She is described as being African-American, 5’08” and weighing 211 pounds. She has light brown eyes and blonde and brown braided hair. Police said she has fresh scratches on her face and a light-colored birthmark under her right eye. Anyone with information should call police.  

Police are investigating a report of gunfire in Waterloo overnight. Officers were called to the 3300 block of West Fourth Street just before 3 o’clock this morning after residents heard gunshots and saw two people running from the area. No injuries or damage reported, but police did find a single spent shell casing in the area.

Cedar Valley United Way officials say their 2019 campaign yielded a half million dollars less than the year before…$2.67 million was raised in 2019, compared with the record $3.14 million in 2018. Last year’s total, however, was the lowest in about a decade.

A Nashua man died yesterday afternoon in an accident while driving an ATV. 77-year-old Larry Moine was in the C&R Railroad right-of-way igniting grass fires on his adjacent property. When he attempted to re-enter his property along a steep embankment, his ATV rolled onto him.