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COVID-19

Unveiling economic team, Biden pledges, ‘Help is on the way’

WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced top advisers he says will help his administration rebuild an economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, declaring, “I know times are tough, but I want you to know that help is on the way.” Biden said he’d chosen a ...

Marshalltown Public Library learning from pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an opportunity for the Marshalltown Public Library to find new ways to reach readers. The library is closed to the public and has been doing things differently since March. This has caused its popular outreach and youth programs to be put on hold. While the ...

Iowa COVID deaths continue to mount

Iowa’s rate of new coronavirus-related hospitalizations has flattened, but the number of deaths related to COVID-19 has risen by 35 percent in two weeks, the New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times reported 1,162 people were hospitalized in Iowa with COVID-19 on Monday, when 27 deaths ...

Reynolds ‘pleased’ with slower rate of infection

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she is “pleased” by the latest statistics on COVID-19 infections, which she said indicate slow but steady signs of improvement. The governor’s comments, made at a press conference on Tuesday, came on the same day Iowa reported 1,944 new cases of the virus ...

Sen. Grassley returns to Senate after coronavirus isolation

WASHINGTON — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, is back in the Senate on Monday after testing positive for coronavirus two weeks ago. Grassley, 87, isolated after finding out he had been exposed to the virus ...

Iowa virus deaths increase, hospitalizations fall

DES MOINES — Iowa coronavirus deaths continued to increase in the past two weeks as the state ends November posting 687 deaths. That’s a 34 percent increase from the 512 deaths reported in October. There were 1,200 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, according to data posted ...

Marshalltown Mayor issues mask mandate

Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer issued a citywide mask mandate Monday. According to the proclamation, every person in Marshalltown must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth when: • Inside any indoor public setting such as grocery and retail stores. • Inside other public settings that ...

Iowa National Guard takes smaller role in fighting pandemic

This year has been unprecedented in the state of Iowa. From a worldwide pandemic that continues to ravage the state, to a devastating derecho which left Marshall County and much of eastern Iowa devastated and lives damaged. The year has continued to be unprecedented for the Iowa National ...

Iowa reports 37 virus deaths

DES MOINES — Iowa on Friday reported that 37 people died of the coronavirus in the past day. The state Department of Public Health said the additional deaths bring the total who have died of COVID-19 in Iowa to 2,349. In the past 24 hours as of Friday morning, there were 1,266 new ...

Iowa ready to distribute vaccines when available

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Iowa is ready to distribute COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available. “The availability of a COVID-19 vaccine will be a significant step forward for our nation and our state,” Reynolds said. “Vaccines will reduce COVID-related illnesses, hospitalizations ...

The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever

NEW YORK — “No New ‘Movies’ Till Influenza Ends” blared a New York Times headline on Oct. 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding. A century later, during another pandemic, movies — quotes no longer necessary — are again facing a critical ...

AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

LONDON — AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine. A statement describing the error came days after the company and the university described the shots as ...

Marshalltown Christian School has low COVID cases

Even though 2020 has been a difficult year, things are going well at Marshalltown Christian School. Director Bethany Wirin said the private school has only had two positive COVID-19 cases among staff and none in the students. “Our teachers are careful as a whole,” she said. “I think ...

Four COVID deaths reported in Marshall County in less than a week

By JOE FISHER TIMES-REPUBLICAN Marshall County is reporting four new COVID-19 related deaths in less than a week, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. There have been 44 deaths in the county. Due to Thanksgiving on Thursday, this story is being written a day early. The ...

New unemployment claims in Iowa rise nearly 37 percent

New unemployment claims for this week increased by nearly 37 percent over the previous week, Iowa Workforce Development reported Wednesday. That’s a larger increase than the 21 percent jump in new claims that Iowa recorded for the week of Nov. 8. A total of 9,458 new claims were filed, an ...

House of Compassion serving Thanksgiving meal (to-go)

Almost nothing is the same as it was before 2020 for Thanksgiving. When the holiday rolls through Thursday, there will not be a big Salvation Army lunch as there has been for years. Instead of the meal, the Salvation Army distributed meal boxes to over 100 people Tuesday and Wednesday in an ...

Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

WASHINGTON — Gripped by the accelerating viral outbreak, the U.S. economy is under pressure from persistent layoffs, diminished income and nervous consumers, whose spending is needed to drive a recovery from the pandemic. A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the ...

Thanksgiving different this year at IVH

Thanksgiving at the Iowa Veterans Home looks a lot different this year. Commandant Timon Oujiri said there will not be a big communal meal, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, residents will not go without the traditional Thanksgiving spread - turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, ...

Iowa reports 47 more virus deaths

Iowa reported 47 deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest single-day death toll and a reflection of the increasing number of people seriously ill with the virus. Single-day death toll reports can be effected by delays in completion of death certificates and other factors, but the ...

Risk assessment shows reason not to gather this Thanksgiving

Before rushing out the door to your Thanksgiving feast, scientists and public health warn you may be in store for more than your typical turkey hangover. An interactive map developed at Georgia Institute of Technology gives a stark visual to the likelihood you will be exposed to a COVID-19 ...