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COVID-19

Macy’s, Kohl’s, Gap to furlough majority of their workers

NEW YORK — Macy’s, Kohl’s and Gap Inc. all said Monday they will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chains temporarily closed their stores and sales collapsed as a result of the pandemic. Macy’s said the majority of its 125,000 employees ...

Marshalltown food pantries need donations

Food pantries are seeing a decrease in donations and Marshalltown’s most vulnerable are still in need. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of people who need food assistance, during a time when food pantries have seen fewer volunteers and their shelves begin to empty. ...

Gas is cheap, but for many motorists there’s nowhere to go

DALLAS — U.S. gasoline prices have dropped to their lowest levels in four years, and they are almost sure to go lower as oil prices plunge. Price-tracking services put the national average Monday around $2 a gallon. Some stations were spotted charging under a dollar. But don’t expect a ...

88 new virus cases confirmed on Monday

DES MOINES — Eighty-eight new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iowa on Monday. That brings the total to 424. Of those, 51 are hospitalized and 23 have been discharged and are recovering. Two Iowans died from the virus on Sunday, which brings the total of fatal cases to six in the state. ...

Locals hit the streets for scavenger hunts

Artwork, Easter and bears oh my! A scavenger hunt trend sweeping the nation has reached Marshalltown and is serving as a way for families to get out of the house while practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants either place items in windows of houses or ...

Second COVID-19 case confirmed at Lennox

Another positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Marshall County on Sunday. The total number of cases in the county is six. Confirmed cases in the county include two at the Iowa Veterans Home and two at Lennox. While the number of self-quarantined employees is low, due to the critical ...

Two cases of COVID-19 confirmed at Veterans Home

Two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at the Iowa Veterans Home. Commandant Timon Oujiri said the second case is a staff member who has not been at the veterans home since March 17. “The symptoms showed up after they got home and they have not been here for 12 days,” he said. The ...

Marshalltown residents coming together once again

Marshalltown residents are finding ways to help each other during the uncertain situation COVID-19 has created. Many in the community are struggling with food insecurity after being laid off. In this negative situation, human kindness has been revealed and the community is closer than ...

Three additional cases identified in Marshall County

DES MOINES — Another three COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Marshall County, bringing the total to five cases. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 64 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the state total to 298. Three people in the state ...

A hopeful but unknown future for Marshalltown businesses

Retail businesses in Marshalltown are struggling in the COVID-19 environment. On Thursday Gov. Kim Reynolds issued another proclamation limiting and closing retails stores across the state because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proclamation effectively closed the doors of the majority of ...

$1 million fund established to help local businesses recover from coronavirus

Marshalltown businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Times-Republican, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local ...

Health officials: 64 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Iowa

DES MOINES — Sixty-four additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa, state health officials said Saturday, bringing the state’s total to nearly 300. The Iowa Department of Public Health said in a news release that the new cases included 14 in Linn County and 12 in Polk ...

Oprah on coronavirus: ‘Playing it as safe as I possibly can’

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey says she’s playing it safe when it comes to the rapidly spreading coronavirus. The 66-year-old entertainment icon told The Associated Press on Friday that she has been quarantining and practicing social distancing at her home — even if that means longtime ...

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening ...

Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Marshall County

Marshall County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health have identified one additional case of COVID-19 in the county, which brings the cases to two. “We continue to remind residents to take preventive measures to slow the spread of this virus,” said Marshall County Public ...

Marshall County residents forced to reschedule events

In unprecedented times, unprecedented measures must be taken. Residents of Marshall County have been taking steps to reschedule major events in their lives like marriages, baby showers and birthdays due to the risks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has infected more than 200 ...

City suspends fare collections, postpones meetings

The Marshalltown Municipal Transit is suspending its fare collection temporarily effective Monday. “Which means riders will no longer need to pay to ride, to limit the potential spread of COVID-19,” according to Kevin Pigors, transit administrator. “Additionally, riders who can safely ...

Stuff the Bus helps Marshalltown students

The House of Compassion will host the annual Stuff the Bus event in August for the eighth year in a row. According to March Runner, director of the House of Compassion, the project seeks to help children have what they need to be successful at school. “The Stuff the Bus is a project run ...

Iowa governor’s medical procedures order halts abortions

DES MOINES — An aide to Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday that an order she issued this week to slow the spread of coronavirus had outlawed abortions in Iowa, but that interpretation was never explained to the organization that performs most abortions in the state and only came to light after it ...