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COVID-19

Isgrig, Peschong react to Bobcats’ season-ending COVID test result

The moment Marshalltown Activities Director Ryan Isgrig found out Sunday evening that a member of the Marshalltown volleyball team had tested positive for COVID-19, he knew he was in for a difficult night. Isgrig said he got word and set off a conversation with school nurse Stacey ...

COVID hospitalizations reach another record in Iowa

Iowa recorded three consecutive days of 500 or more COVID-19 hospitalizations this week as new cases continue to climb. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 502 hospitalizations on Monday, the first time more than 500 have been recorded in one day during the pandemic. There were 535 ...

District confirms 6 new cases of COVID-19

Four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among Marshalltown Community School District students and employees on Friday: • Total cases among students: four • Total cases among staff: two The previous report, released on Oct. 16 confirmed four new cases - all among the students. The ...

Fed survey finds tepid growth as US economy battles pandemic

WASHINGTON — A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions around the country found that the U.S. economy grew at a “slight to modest” pace in September and early October, but also documented many areas of economic activity hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic. The Fed report made ...

Iowa Dems target Ernst for COVID relief

Veronica Guevara’s family has been hit especially hard by COVID-19. The Marshalltown resident’s mother and grandmother recovered, but her grandfather did not. After four weeks in the hospital, he was taken off a ventilator and died on May 27. Guevara told her story during a virtual press ...

Rebels rebuff relentless Redhawks

REINBECK — The Class 1A No. 4 Gladbrook-Reinbeck volleyball was prepared for the best North Tama had to offer, even as the Redhawks’ roster fluctuated throughout the week. Regardless of who lined up across from the Rebels in Wednesday’s Region 4 quarterfinals, they were ready for ...

MHS blood drive to help COVID patients

Marshalltown High School is hoping to draw more donors to its blood drive Wednesday and Thursday. Donors are permitted by online appointment only to limit traffic and adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines. MHS National Honor Society advisor Susan Fritzell said some spots are still available ...

A record 501 Iowans are hospitalized with COVID-19

More than 500 people were hospitalized in Iowa Tuesday morning due to COVID-19 complications, the highest number of patients since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the state’s COVID-19 website. Since the end of September, hospitalizations have steadily risen in Iowa, with Gov. ...

Students to continue virtual, hybrid learning

Marshalltown Community School District middle and high school students will continue with virtual and hybrid learning through the remainder of the first semester. At the regular Monday meeting, the school board members approved the recommendation from Superintendent Theron Schutte. “The ...

Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reported some progress in advance of a Tuesday deadline for reaching a pre-election deal with President Donald Trump on a new coronavirus relief package, but the same core problems bedeviling the effort remain in place despite optimistic talk from the ...

Redhawks struggle past GMG to advance

TRAER — North Tama and GMG’s matchup Monday was unrecognizeable to the first time these two teams played earlier in the season. In the first round of regionals, the shorthanded Redhawks (15-13) struggled to get past a much-improved GMG (5-14), finally winning 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-20, ...

Iowa reports nearly 3,000 virus cases in past three days

DES MOINES — Iowa has reported nearly 3,000 new confirmed positive coronavirus cases in the last three days. The state Department of Public Health reported 1,595 confirmed cases Saturday, another 915 on Sunday and 508 new confirmed cases Monday. During that time, the department reported ...

Audit faults Iowa’s move to spend virus aid on $21M software

IOWA CITY — Iowa’s auditor warned Monday that the governor’s decision to spend $21 million in federal pandemic relief funds on a new executive branch software system would not be allowed and should be abandoned. State Auditor Rob Sand said that using the federal money to pay for ...

Brohm to miss Purdue opener vs. Hawkeyes

Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm started feeling abnormally fatigued late last week. By Saturday, the symptoms worsened. Two positive COVID-19 tests Sunday confirmed what Brohm suspected. On Monday, Brohm announced he had contracted the virus and would not be on the sideline for ...

District confirms 4 new cases of COVID-19

Four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among Marshalltown Community School District students and employees on Friday: • Total cases among students: four • Total cases among staff: zero The previous report, released on Oct. 9, confirmed five cases - three in the student population ...

Reynolds extends COVID-related restrictions another 30 days

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has extended restrictions on bars, restaurants and some other businesses another 30 days as the state continues to see more COVID-19 cases. The new proclamation extends public health rules until 11:59 p.m. Nov. 15. Bars and restaurants must ensure that individual ...

Test Iowa ends Friday in Marshall

Friday will be the last day for the Test Iowa site at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office property. Marshall County Emergency Management Director Kim Elder said that does not mean Test Iowa will not return. She said resources are just being shared. Elder said residents can still get ...

PREP VOLLEYBALL: Shorthanded Mustangs bow to GMG

LE GRAND — The East Marshall volleyball team couldn’t overcome the loss of a pair of starters and was swept by visiting GMG on Thursday night, 25-22, 25-22, 25-20. The Mustangs (7-17) were without starting senior middle hitter Clare Veren and sophomore setter Faith Bandstra as the pair ...

Reynolds defends rally as Iowa’s virus death toll tops 1,500

DES MOINES — Iowa set another record Thursday for people being treated in hospitals for COVID-19, but Gov. Kim Reynolds said the health care system was managing well and there was no need for new actions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The number of people hospitalized rose to 482 as ...

COVID, derecho and politics a strain on mental health

This year has been a perfect storm of stressors, challenges and obstacles; and that was before an historic storm hit Marshalltown. The city still bears the scars of a tornado that ripped through on July 19, 2018. Residents have been navigating a pandemic, cleaning up after the derecho and ...