KXEL Midday News for Tue. Nov. 24, 2020

KXEL Midday News for Tue. Nov. 24, 2020

The State of Iowa has reported 143 nursing homes with coronavirus outbreaks, with thousands of residents testing positive for the virus. The state Department of Public Health says more than 4,500 residents of care centers are infected with the virus. State data shows 1,008 residents of long-term care facilities have died with COVID-19 in the past eight months, roughly half of the overall state death toll. More than 500 people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa so far this month and 2,224 overall. In the past 24 hours as of Tuesday morning, there were 3,860 additional confirmed cases.

More than a year after his death, an Iowa soldier has received a promotion. Our coverage partners at TV9 report that 22-year-old Mason Webber of Marion was killed on Sept. 5, 2019, in an accident on the military base in Fort Hood, Texas. Yesterday, Webber was posthumously promoted to specialist. His mother, Tonya Grefe, called the promotion “a good part of the closure.” Grefe received her son’s honor at the National Guard Armory in Marshalltown.

An Anamosa prisoner died this past Sunday at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, likely due to complications related to COVID-19 and other preexisting medical conditions. The Iowa Department of Corrections says 59-year-oldTimothy Bryant died just before 11 Sunday morning. Bryant was originally housed at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. He was taken to UIHC several days earlier as his condition worsened. He had been serving a life sentence for a first degree kidnapping conviction from Polk County. His sentence began in early 1992.

The UNI women’s basketball team opens the home season at the McLeod Center Saturday…but the university announced today that fans will not be allowed to attend due to COVID-19. You can, of course, hear the game exclusively on the radio here on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The game is against former Valley rival Creighton, with radio pregame at 1:45 and tipoff at 2:00. Parents of the players will be allowed to attend. The season opener is tomorrow night at Iowa; pregame at 6:15 p.m., tipoff at 6:30 on KXEL, right after the men’s season opener in Sioux Falls against Western Kentucky; we go on the air for that game at 3:00 p.m.