Gazette Daily News Podcast, November 30

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This is John McGlothlen with the Gazette digital news desk and I’m here with your update for Monday, November 30th.

The weather today will be sunny, with a high near 31. Winds from the north 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight will be clear, with a low around 17. 

A man shot Saturday night in southwest Cedar Rapids was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. At about 10:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Ninth Street SW for a shots-fired report, according to a news release from the Cedar Rapids Police Department. Officers found a man who was approximately 35 years old with a life-threatening gunshot wound. The investigation is active and ongoing.

The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in Iowa hospitals continued declining Sunday morning for the fifth day in a row, though that still is almost triple the number of people hospitalized in the previous spike last summer. While current hospitalizations in a 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Sunday declined from 1,221 to 1,175, those in intensive care inched up from 224 to 235 and those placed on ventilators rose from 146 to 151. As of Saturday, there were 60 Linn County residents hospitalized with COVID-19, down from 86 on Nov. 23. Sixteen Johnson County residents were hospitalized with the virus, barely down from the 17 reported Nov. 23. Over the summer, during the first surge of COVID-19, hospitalizations peaked May 7 at 417 — just about 35 percent of the current level.

Mariannette Miller-Meeks' lead has shrunk to 6 votes over Rita Hart after a full recount in Iowa 2nd District race. With more than 394,400 votes cast, only a half dozen votes now separate the two candidates running for an open southeast Iowa congressional seat almost certainly headed to a legal contest. A state canvassing board is scheduled to meet this afternoon, the legal deadline under Iowa Code, to certify the results of the race.