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COVID-19

Report: Fewer than half Iowa Veterans Home workers given COVID-19 vaccine

Fewer than half the workers at the Iowa Veterans Home have received the coronavirus vaccine, according to the American Legion of Iowa. The Legion reported in its Jan. 16 newsletter that only 444 of the state-run home’s 904 workers received their first shot in the two-dose series when ...

Iowa reclaims title as state with the lowest rate of COVID-19 testing

The Washington Post reported Monday that Iowa has reclaimed its status as the state with the lowest rate of testing in the nation. On a per capita basis, Iowa currently ranks last in testing among the 50 states, administering 586 tests for every 100,000 residents over the past seven days, ...

Iowa virus patient ‘didn’t give up,’ released after 65 days

GUTTENBERG — Cheers and Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” rang through the halls of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital on Jan. 15 as staff bid adieu to their longest COVID-19 patient. Royce Hansel, 76, of Elkader, was released after a 65-day stay. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Nov. 8 ...

First responders, school staff next on vaccine list

Plans for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination continue to unfold and the Marshall County Public Health Department is working hard to put all of them in place. Public Health Nurse Pat Thompson said after healthcare workers are inoculated, efforts will begin to vaccinate people in the ...

County reports one death from COVID this week

Marshall County reported its 62nd death related to COVID-19 adding one in the last week. The county has had 4,286 positive cases since the start of the pandemic including 208 new cases in the last week. Iowa has recorded 4,445 deaths, including 51 new deaths on Thursday according to the ...

Iowans 65 or older soon to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

JOHNSTON — Iowa will expand the groups who can get a coronavirus vaccine to people ages 65 and older, among others, starting next month, even though the federal government hasn’t made good yet on its promises to send the state more doses, officials said Thursday. Iowa is still in its first ...

United Airlines posts $1.9 billion loss in pandemic-laden 4Q

United Airlines said Wednesday that it finished one of the worst years in its history by losing $1.9 billion in the last three months of 2020, and it predicted more of the same in the first quarter of this year. The loss was wider than analysts expected. The number of U.S. airline passengers ...

UnitedHealth overcomes pandemic hit

UnitedHealth’s fourth-quarter earnings tumbled as costs from COVID-19 hit the health insurance provider, but results still easily beat expectations. Health care use rebounded in the final quarter of 2020 after the global pandemic kept people away from doctor offices and surgery centers ...

Readers can prepare to walkthrough library doors

A “walkthrough phase” for the Marshalltown Public Library will begin Feb. 1 — pending low COVID-19 numbers. The library board met virtually to discuss its next phase of opening the doors on Tuesday evening. The library has been limited to curbside services since Nov. 12 when COVID-19 ...

Yellen pushes GOP senators on $1.9 trillion relief package

WASHINGTON — Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice as Treasury secretary, said Tuesday that the incoming administration would focus on winning quick passage of its $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan, rejecting Republican arguments that the measure is too big given the size of ...

A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could emerge. The coronavirus is becoming more ...

Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

WILMINGTON, Del. — Saying the nation faces “a crisis of deep human suffering,” President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan Thursday to turn the tide on the pandemic, speeding up vaccines and pumping out financial help to those struggling with the prolonged ...

10 new cases confirmed in school district

The Marshalltown Community School District confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 among students and employees on Friday: • Total cases among students: seven • Total cases among staff: three Previous reports and the number of cases include Jan. 8, 16 cases; Jan. 5, one case; Dec. 27, seven ...

Marshall County drops to 16th most COVID cases

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Marshall County fell out of the top 15 counties in Iowa with the most COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic this week. Meanwhile the United States is on pace to reach 400,000 deaths from the virus in less than two weeks. Recording 82 cases in the last seven days, ...

Essential worker vaccines to possibly start Feb. 1

COVID-19 vaccines for essential workers are coming, and it is estimated the earliest they will be given is Feb. 1. Marshall County Public Health Nurse Pat Thompson has been asking businesses to prioritize employees. “They need to determine who the essential workers are, how many want it ...

District unable to guarantee safety with in-person schooling

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Condition of the State address gave Marshalltown Community School District Superintendent Theron Schutte a lot to think about. In her Tuesday address, Reynolds said she wants to require school districts to offer 100 percent in-person student attendance to parents during ...

Iowa reports 83 additional deaths amid the latest surge in infections

Iowa recorded 83 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, one of the state’s highest single-day death tolls during the 10-month pandemic. The state also recorded 1,480 new infections, according to the New York Times’ COVID-19 tracker. Over the past week, there has been an average of 1,565 new ...

Reynolds requests full-time classroom learning option

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday night that she will ask lawmakers to immediately send her a bill to sign into law that would require schools to offer parents the option of having their children in classrooms full time despite continuing high levels of coronavirus throughout ...

School district confirms 16 new COVID cases

The Marshalltown Community School District confirmed 16 new cases of COVID-19 among students and employees on Friday • Total cases among students: 11 • Total cases among staff: five Previous reports and the number of cases include Jan. 5, one case; Dec. 27, seven cases; Dec. 19, 11 ...

Marshall County nears 60 COVID-19 deaths

Known cases and deaths from COVID-19 are again on the rise in the United States. The number of cases being discovered across the country has sharply increased in the last week with the total number of known cases surpassing 20 million this week. On Tuesday there were 238,270 new cases ...