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COVID-19

Iowa governor, aides appear in PR video for no-bid vendor

IOWA CITY — Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and four aides helped make a marketing video for a Utah company that was awarded no-bid contracts for work on the coronavirus pandemic, a move that has raised allegations of favoritism and improper use of public resources. Domo Inc.’s video ...

Webinar to provide info on vaccines to businesses Friday

The Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Economic Development Authority is holding a webinar to provide information on COVID-19 vaccinations to businesses, industry and agriculture. The event can be attended live via web browser at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. “We appreciate the partnership ...

Iowa has the fifth-highest COVID-19 positivity rate

Iowa had the fifth-highest rate of positive coronavirus tests in the nation the past week, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. At the same time, Johns Hopkins University reported Iowa administered the lowest number of tests per capita of any state: 67 per 100,000 residents. Rhode Island ...

Reynolds pushing for in-person learning

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds appears to be prepared to push schools to return students to classrooms this month, reinforcing her plans to prioritize in-person learning even when a local school board believes it’s too risky. In November, the state approved requests for 90 school ...

Iowa ends 2020 with 3,891 deaths from COVID-19

DES MOINES — Iowa will report 3,891 coronavirus related deaths on the final day of 2020, ending the year with the 15th highest death count per capita in the United States although with a lag time of reporting deaths of up to two weeks, it’s likely not all have been accounted for by ...

IVH to receive COVID vaccines on Jan. 12

Staff and residents of Iowa Veterans Home will begin to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 12 — in an effort called Operation COVID Freedom. Commandant Timon Oujiri said IVH has partnered with Walgreens to distribute the vaccinations. “We have been speaking with residents and ...

Two COVID-19 deaths reported in county

Two more COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Marshall County this week by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Fifty-five people have died in the county since the start of the pandemic. There have been 3,993 cases. Iowa has recorded 278,959 cases and 3,822 deaths total. Ninety-two ...

Marshalltown businesses get more than $2.5 million in loans

Early in December, the United States Small Business Administration released all Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan data for loans less than $150,000. A total of $949,517.25 went to 277 Marshalltown employers in loans less than $150,000, while a total of $1,574,792.81 in funds went to 37 ...

Trump’s $2K checks stalled in Senate, GOP blocks vote

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s push for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks stalled out Tuesday in the Senate as Republicans blocked a swift vote proposed by Democrats and split within their own ranks over whether to boost spending or defy the White House. The roadblock mounted ...

Virus vaccinations offer hope to Iowa nursing homes

DES MOINES — Coronavirus vaccinations began this week in Iowa’s nursing homes and officials said Tuesday that, although it will take weeks to complete, the vaccination drive gives hope to the isolated residents that they can resume contact with their families. Three pharmacy companies ...

US plants hope to maintain production despite virus threat

OMAHA, Neb. — U.S. factories have been cranking out goods during much of the pandemic at rates that are remarkably close to normal. However, manufacturers are concerned they may not be able to keep pace until most of the country is vaccinated because the coronavirus continues to surge in ...

UnityPoint provides emergency use treatment for COVID-19

Before the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines began getting administered on Wednesday, UnityPoint — Marshalltown began using a new treatment for patients. Jaime Hooley, physician assistant with the Marshalltown hospital, said 20 patients thus far have received the Bam — Bamlanivimab — ...

Iowa City ‘warming huts’ offer eating option amid virus

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The stretch of North Linn Street in downtown Iowa City that's been partitioned off to traffic and home to benches, tables and chairs for the patrons of nearby restaurants since this summer has, in recent weeks, added a set of booths to the landscape. Much like the ...

District confirms 7 new COVID cases

The Marshalltown Community School District confirmed seven new cases of COVID-19 among students and employees on Friday • Total cases among students: two • Total cases among staff: five Due to winter break, the report reflects the data gathered from Dec. 18 report through Wednesday. ...

Republicans block $2,000 virus checks despite Trump demand

WASHINGTON — House Republicans shot down a Democratic bid on Thursday to pass President Donald Trump’s longshot, end-of-session demand for $2,000 direct payments to most Americans as he ponders whether to sign a long-overdue COVID-19 relief bill. The made-for-TV clash came as the ...

No deaths reported in county this week

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Marshall County reported no new COVID-19 related deaths this week for the first time in nearly two months. Fifty-three people have died in the county since the start of the pandemic. Across the state there are 3,668 who have died according to the Iowa Department of Public ...

Iowa reports 15 virus deaths, 1,999 new cases

DES MOINES — Another 15 people in Iowa died of the coronavirus and there were nearly 2,000 confirmed infections, according to state data released Wednesday. The state Department of Public Health reported the 15 deaths raised the total death toll to 3,668. There were 1,999 confirmed cases ...

US close on deal with Pfizer for millions more vaccine doses

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is close to a deal to acquire tens of millions of additional doses of Pfizer’s vaccine in exchange for helping the pharmaceutical giant gain better access to manufacturing supplies. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on ...

First vaccines given in Marshalltown

UnityPoint - Marshalltown health care workers were the first ones to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in town on Wednesday. Front line workers such as those in health care, are the first to receive the vaccine, which is not available to the general public yet. “This is the light at the ...