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COVID-19

County records COVID-19 death in consecutive weeks

Marshall County has reported a COVID-19 related death in two straight weeks for the first time since the spring. Eighty-one people have died in Marshall County with COVID-19 infection, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. The total death toll across the state is 6,482 people, ...

Iowa’s COVID infections reach their highest level since 2020

COVID-19 continues to spread in Iowa, with the average number of new infections and hospitalizations reaching their highest level of any time in 2021. Only 13 other states have a higher per capita infection rate, according to the Washington Post. The newspaper’s COVID-19 tracker indicates ...

Iowans step up to participate in COVID-19 vaccine research

In August 2020, more than 250 bold Iowans traveled from across the state to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Hailing from small towns in northwest Iowa, to cities as large as Des Moines, Dubuque and Ottumwa, these Iowans were driven by an important purpose: they were participating in ...

Masks required in grades sixth and below at MCSD

After more than an hour of discussion, the Marshalltown Community School Board voted to enact a mask mandate for a portion of students and staff. After a first recommendation from Superintendent Theron Schutte to require masks for all students and staff failed by a vote of three yeas and ...

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 ...

State highlights parents’ mask claims in effort to end order

DES MOINES — The lawyer representing Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in a federal lawsuit over mandatory mask use in schools has asked the judge to allow a temporary order that has allowed schools to implement mask mandates to expire next week, citing testimonials from mothers of school-age children ...