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COVID-19

COVID-19 claims two more lives in Marshall County this week

Two more lives were lost to COVID-19 this week in Marshall County. According to USAfacts.org there have been 20 new cases of COVID-19 which contrasts with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) COVID-19 website which reported 23 new cases of COVID-19. USAfacts is reporting a ...

Iowa will not revisit sports cuts despite return of football

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa says the Big Ten’s decision to have a fall football season will not impact its decision to eliminate four sports programs. Athletic Director Gary Barta last month announced the elimination of men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and ...

Fourteen more COVID-19 deaths in ‘red zone’ Iowa

Fourteen more Iowans reportedly died of COVID-19 on Wednesday, while the number of new infections hit 958. Wednesday’s death toll was the highest since Sept. 9, when the state recorded 19 COVID-19 deaths, and the number of new infections was the highest since Sept. 4. The White House said ...

Reverse! Big Ten will try to play fall football after all

Players were pumped. Coaches were stoked. Fans seemed relieved. Even the president was pleased. The Big Ten Conference is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference ...

NCAA basketball to open day before Thanksgiving

The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season will begin Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. The Division I Council voted Wednesday to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus. The later start date ...

White House: Iowa should establish mask mandate

The White House coronavirus task force recommends Iowa establish a statewide mask mandate to reduce the community spread of COVID-19 in the state’s nursing homes, according to the task force’s latest report. Iowa remains in the “red zone” for its high number of COVID-19 cases, which ...

814 new Iowa cases, 2 deaths on Sunday

DES MOINES — Iowa officials said the number of coronavirus cases in the state increased by 814 Sunday and two additional deaths were reported. Health officials said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday 74,361 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported since the pandemic began. Of that total, ...

Many complaints, 2 actions taken in COVID crackdown

DES MOINES — Two state agencies said they would crack down on restaurants and bars not complying with social distancing orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of complaints have been filed, but a month later, only two actions have been taken and one warning issued. The state Alcoholic ...

Staying active during a pandemic

Staying in shape is important, especially so during a pandemic. Staying active through exercise can help strengthen an immune system, improve mental health and make people feel better in general. “It’s extremely important,” said Keisha Lockhart, health and wellness coordinator at the ...

Iowa Veterans Homes is COVID-19 free

Marshalltown does not have any long-term care outbreaks anymore. The Iowa Veterans Home has been removed from the Long Term Care Outbreak list from the Iowa Department of Public Health website. Previously, Grandview Heights in Marshalltown had an outbreak of 81 positive cases and the ...

Marshall County has first zero fatality week since June

At least 60 Iowa residents have died from COVID-19 this week. Fortunately none were reported in Marshall County. According to USAfacts.org, there have been 64 new cases of COVID-19 which contrasts with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) COVID-19 website which reported 34 new ...

Noah’s Love fundraiser rescheduled again

Noah’s Love fundraiser has been postponed again. The fundraiser, originally planned for March, was postponed to the fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since COVID-19 continues to ravage Iowa the fundraiser is forced to postpone again, this time to 2021. “We were supposed to have it ...

COVID-related complaints against bars are up more than 500 percent

Complaints from Iowans about bars and restaurants failing to impose COVID-19 mitigation measures have increased five-fold in recent weeks. The increase in complaints appears to coincide with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division’s July 30 announcement that it would be stepping up efforts to ...

Vaccine by Nov. 3? Halted study explains just how unlikely

WASHINGTON — The suspension of a huge COVID-19 vaccine study over an illness in a single participant shows there will be “no compromises” on safety in the race to develop the shot, the chief of the National Institutes of Health told Congress on Wednesday. AstraZeneca has put on hold ...

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study paused after one illness

Late-stage studies of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate are on temporary hold while the company investigates whether a recipient’s “potentially unexplained” illness is a side effect of the shot. In a statement issued Tuesday evening, the company said its “standard review ...

Mechdyne helps school district with support line

Having a technology help line on the first day of school came in handy as the Marshalltown Community School District received at least 300 related questions on Tuesday. The Marshalltown Community School Board approved a statement of work between the district and Mechdyne for a support helpline ...

Baylor puts off opener after La Tech outbreak

WACO, Texas — Baylor became the third Big 12 Conference football team forced to postpone its scheduled season opener this weekend after Louisiana Tech reported multiple positive COVID-19 tests Tuesday, less than two weeks after a hurricane affected its campus. Louisiana Tech athletic ...

Iowa courts decline to halt state push for in-class learning

Two state district court judges on Tuesday declined to halt enforcement of a state requirement for schools to return students to classrooms, denying the Des Moines and Iowa City school districts a legal avenue for educating students at home while the coronavirus continues to spread in their ...

Changes certain as Big 12 nears kickoff

With most Big 12 teams getting ready to play season openers this weekend, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby feels good about where the league is and confident that the best job is being done to ensure the safety of players, coaches and anyone else associated with the games. But the games that won’t ...