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COVID-19

MHS, middle school students to alternate online and on-site

The Return to Learn plan for the Marshalltown Community School District was approved in a 5-2 vote by the school board on Monday. Voting against the plan were board members Mike Miller and Bob Untiedt. Voting in favor were Sara Faltys, Sean Heitmann, Karina Hernandez, Janis McGinnis and Bea ...

Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

WASHINGTON — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed Monday afternoon in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple obstacles remain, ...

Field of Dreams game postponed to 2021

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams game in Iowa has been postponed until 2021 because of the novel coronavirus. The game at a newly constructed ballpark on the cornfield adjacent to the site of the 1989 movie had been scheduled for Aug. 13 in Dyersville. The Chicago White ...

Big 12 to allow teams to play 1 non-conference football game

Big 12 schools agreed Monday night to play one non-conference football game this year to go along with their nine league contests as plans for the pandemic-altered 2020 season continued to fall into place. The Big 12’s university presidents signed off on a 10-game schedule, adjusted to ...

Drake Stadium schedules Blue Oval Showcase in lieu of Relays

In lieu of the Drake Relays this year, Drake University is planning on hosting a one-day event for professional track and field athletes. The Blue Oval Showcase Presented by Mediacom will take place on August 23 and will be conducted within the parameters of Drake campus, Des Moines and ...

Iowa doctors call for statewide face mask mandate

DES MOINES — Standing on steps at the Iowa State Capitol grounds, socially distanced and wearing their white lab coats and face masks, roughly two dozen medical and public health professionals on Saturday morning reiterated their call for Gov. Kim Reynolds to require Iowans to wear face masks ...

Iowa reports 45,668 cases of coronavirus, 874 deaths

DES MOINES — The number of coronavirus cases reported in Iowa has topped 45,000. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that 45,468 cases of the virus have been reported in the state. That was an increase of 731 cases since Saturday at 10 a.m. Iowa officials also reported four ...

Iowa stymies public information requests in pandemic

COVID-19 has Iowans wanting more information from federal, state and local governments to guide life-or-death decisions raised by the unprecedented pandemic. Is it safe to go to the store? Do masks prevent spread of the virus? Should my kids go to school in the fall? At a time when Iowans ...

Manfred confident MLB can make it

NEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he's confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus, though not every club might play all 60 games and winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams. During an ...

‘Cusp of catastrophe:’ Iowa doctors call for statewide face mask mandate

DES MOINES - Standing on steps at the Iowa State Capitol grounds, socially distanced and wearing their white lab coats and face masks, roughly two dozen medical and public health professionals on Saturday morning reiterated their call for Gov. Kim Reynolds to require Iowans to wear face masks ...

Kyrgios won’t play US Open due to coronavirus concerns

SYDNEY — Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of concerns over the coronavirus and in honor of the "hundreds and thousands of Americans" who have died from COVID-19. Kyrgios said in an Instagram post on Sunday that he had no problem with the United States Tennis Association ...

Mask debate heats up in Marshalltown

As the country continues to weather the COVID-19 pandemic, the debate on whether to wear masks or not has become increasingly heated. Marshalltown residents are required to wear masks to enter some stores in town such as Walmart, along with government buildings. While the Centers for Disease ...

Iowa increases enforcement as state reports 696 new cases

A day after officials launched an effort to increase enforcement of distancing orders in bars and restaurants, a state agency reported Friday that there had been nearly 700 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past day. The Alcoholic Beverages Division, which approves liquor ...

Trump, GOP suggest temporary fix for $600 jobless benefit

WASHINGTON — The White House and some of its Republican allies in the Senate are signaling they want to extend, at least temporarily, a $600-per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move looks to be too little, ...

Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy plunging by a record-shattering 32.9 percent annual rate last quarter and is still inflicting damage across the country, squeezing already struggling businesses and forcing a wave of layoffs that shows no sign of abating. The ...

Control spread of COVID-19 in your household

The COVID-19 pandemic spreads the fastest through families.  The intimate nature of family life and the dependence people have on loved ones has led to the pandemic spreading through homes.  Family’s like Aubrey Does’ had one member’s virus turn into three, as she and her ...

3 dead from COVID-19 in one week

The last seven days saw one of the deadliest COVID-19 weeks in Marshall County since the pandemic began.  There were 125 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths attributed to the virus, bringing the total of deaths in Marshall County to 24, according to the Iowa Department of Public ...

Unemployment rate in Marshall County drops

The unemployment rate in Marshall County has dropped since May, according to information provided by the Iowa Workforce Development (IWD). In June, the unemployment rate was 9.1 percent, or 1,590 people without jobs. In May, the percentage rate was 11.2, or 2,030 unemployed. Residents of ...

Tyson Foods to increase virus testing in US meat plants

Tyson Foods says it plans to administer thousands of coronavirus tests per week at its U.S. facilities under an expanded effort to protect workers and keep plants running. The Springdale, Arkansas-based company, which processes about 20 percent of all beef, pork and chicken in the U.S., will ...

GOP’s jobless benefit plan could mean delays, states warn

A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states. Older computer systems that took weeks to set up for the initial federal unemployment enhancement ...