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Q: Why does Covenant ICU go on diversion occasionally?

A: “A hospital intensive care unit cares for very sick patients, and when the unit is full, the hospital must divert patients to another hospital (which) has capacity,” said Covenant Medical Center spokesman Adam Amdor. “This is common practice to ensure the patient has access to the care they need. Local hospitals and emergency personnel work closely together to communicate a diversion and identify the closest available facility able to meet patients’ needs.”

Q: Has the Courier published the answers to the logo contest? If you have, how do I get a copy of it?

A: The answers will be published Feb. 22.

Q: Buddy Holly died Feb. 3. Why wasn’t this mentioned in The Courier?

A: It was. On Jan. 29, we ran photos and a long column by Gary Moore, author of “Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music.”

Q: Thank you for answering my question about where to get meals for our mother. Your answer said to call the Northeast Iowa Area on Aging, but that is the agency that is short on funding and was unable to help us. Is there anyone else we can call?

A: You can try calling 211, a free information and referral service that connects Iowa residents to health and human service programs, community services, disaster services and government programs. It’s “a one-stop source of information for people looking for services,” says the organization’s website, “211 can assist by helping clarify your personal situation and then utilize an extensive, up-to-date database to determine the best resource(s) for you, ... “acting as a single point of contact to thousands of social service programs.”

Q: On Feb. 7 it was reported about a bus accident on Washington in Waterloo and they were talking about the flashing amber lights that were ignored. Isn’t the bus also supposed to put out their stop arm when loading and unloading children or can they just do the lights?

A: Kate Walden, a spokesperson for Waterloo Community Schools’ bus operator Durham School Services, said the stop arm is required in picking up or dropping off students. When the bus stops, yellow lights that go all around the bus start flashing. As soon as the door opens for the student, the stop arm is extended. Walden noted “this driver followed all the procedures.” The bus was hit by another vehicle while the lights were flashing and before the stop arm was extended.

Q: Why does the city of Jesup allow so many sidewalks not to be shoveled during the winter?

A: Jesup Public Works Director Michael Fettkether cited Jesup City Code Section 136.03, which says: “It is the responsibility of the abutting property owners to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks. If a property owner does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within a reasonable time, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.”

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