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COVID-19

Cold weather may bring second wave of virus

By THOMAS NELSON TIMES-REPUBLICAN inter and fall will bring complications to the COVID-19 pandemic. The colder weather will make people stay indoors where it’s more difficult to socially distance. These conditions make some experts predict a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic during ...

2 new cases of COVID confirmed in district

Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among Marshalltown Community School District students and employees on Friday: • Total cases among students: one • Total cases among staff: one The previous report, released on Sept. 18, confirmed seven cases - five among students and two ...

No new COVID-19 deaths this week

Western Iowa counties have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases while central Iowa has remained steady this past week. According to USAfacts.org, there have been 22 new cases of COVID-19 which contrasts with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) COVID-19 website which reported 16 new ...

2 new cases of COVID confirmed in district

Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among Marshalltown Community School District students and employees on Friday: • Total cases among students: one • Total cases among staff: one The previous report, released on Sept. 18, confirmed seven cases - five among students and two ...

Dozens of students quarantine as virus cases in Iowa rise

Dozens of students in Iowa schools were quarantined after both staff and students tested positive for the coronavirus, while a high school switched to online classes after some students were absent as cases surged Thursday by more than 1,300 across the state in the last 24 hours. An Iowa ...

Iowa fines beef plant $957 after huge outbreak

IOWA CITY — Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation. The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the ...

Iowa fines beef plant $957 after huge coronavirus outbreak

IOWA CITY — Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation. The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the plant's ...

Iowa health officials investigating virus case surge in northwest

DES MOINES — Health officials in Iowa are working to determine what is causing a spike in coronavirus cases in the northwest corner of the state where several counties are seeing a surge, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday. Sioux County has a 14-day positivity rate of 30 percent. Public health ...

NFL levies fines for unmasked coaches

A person with knowledge of the punishment tells The Associated Press that at least three NFL head coaches have been fined $100,000 for violating the league’s rules that they wear face coverings on the sideline. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league wasn’t ...

Board learning new education philosophy

New philosophies and approaches to education are being addressed in a book, which is being read by Marshalltown Community School Board members and district administration. The book is “Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Building Public Support for America’s Public Schools,” written by Jamie ...

Des Moines says no to governor’s demand for classroom return

DES MOINES — Students in Iowa's largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into next summer, and the district could be hit with crippling bills because of a dispute with the governor over the safety of returning to classrooms during the ...

7 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in district

As of noon on Friday, there were seven cases of COVID-19 confirmed among Marshalltown Community School District students and employees since the first day of school on Sept. 8: • Total cases among students: five • Total cases among staff: two MCSD officials believe it is crucial to keep ...

COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates the broad economic damage still taking place nine months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. The Labor Department ...

COVID-19 brings different coronation, Homecoming game

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic and the Aug. 10 derecho has created a different year, Marshalltown Community School District officials are doing their best to give the student population a normal Homecoming. Valerie Corson, a Marshalltown High School counselor and co-advisor of the Student ...

COVID-19 claims two more lives in Marshall County this week

Two more lives were lost to COVID-19 this week in Marshall County. According to USAfacts.org there have been 20 new cases of COVID-19 which contrasts with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) COVID-19 website which reported 23 new cases of COVID-19. USAfacts is reporting a ...

Iowa will not revisit sports cuts despite return of football

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa says the Big Ten’s decision to have a fall football season will not impact its decision to eliminate four sports programs. Athletic Director Gary Barta last month announced the elimination of men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and ...

Fourteen more COVID-19 deaths in ‘red zone’ Iowa

Fourteen more Iowans reportedly died of COVID-19 on Wednesday, while the number of new infections hit 958. Wednesday’s death toll was the highest since Sept. 9, when the state recorded 19 COVID-19 deaths, and the number of new infections was the highest since Sept. 4. The White House said ...

Reverse! Big Ten will try to play fall football after all

Players were pumped. Coaches were stoked. Fans seemed relieved. Even the president was pleased. The Big Ten Conference is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference ...

NCAA basketball to open day before Thanksgiving

The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season will begin Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. The Division I Council voted Wednesday to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus. The later start date ...

White House: Iowa should establish mask mandate

The White House coronavirus task force recommends Iowa establish a statewide mask mandate to reduce the community spread of COVID-19 in the state’s nursing homes, according to the task force’s latest report. Iowa remains in the “red zone” for its high number of COVID-19 cases, which ...