November 26, 2021

COVID cases still rising in Union County

According to Union County Public Health, the rate of increasing COVID-19 cases is similar to what it was a year ago.

Public health director Zach Woods told the Union County Board of Supervisors Monday the county had 56 new cases the week of Nov. 7 and continues to rise when compared it to mid-November 2020.

“We’ve seen that spike happen, but not as drastic,” he said.

The county’s positivity rate the week of Nov. 7 was 14.1%. Vaccination rate in the county was at 46%.

“The clinics have been busy with boosters and the pediatric doses,” he said. “Both are widely available.”

Adults who initially received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago are eligible for boosters if they are older than 65, live in long-term care facilities, work in high-risk jobs or have underlying health conditions.

Woods said the cases can be seen in other statistics. Greater Regional Health Center in Creston is part of a region of south-central Iowa health-care facilities. As of Nov. 12, Woods said the region only had 15% of its beds available because of the number of COVID cases.

Woods added notes are being taken on what are called long-term COVID cases. There are numerous cases of people who have had COVID, eventually tested negative, but still have lingering effects.

In other supervisor news...

Supervisors met with Mark Schildberg and Eldon Ray from Schildberg Construction of Greenfield about opening additional quarry space in the southeast section of Union County near 223rd and Willow Avenue. Schildberg and Ray had previously met with Union County Engineer Keith Wieland about heavy trucks regularly using or crossing roads in the area. Wieland is expecting roads to show damage over time.

Schildberg Construction is in the process of applying for all state and federal permits for the project.

Supervisors named Jennifer Worisek and Brett Weis as medical examiners.

John Van Nostrand


An Iowa native, John's newspaper career has mostly been in small-town weeklies from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. He first stint in Creston was from 2002 to 2005.