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COVID-19

Iowa lawmaker blames lack of House rules for virus infection

DES MOINES — A Democratic state lawmaker said she has tested positive for COVID-19 and thinks she was infected with the virus at the Iowa Capitol, where Republicans have refused to mandate masks or require people to disclose positive cases. The announcement by Rep. Amy Nielsen of North ...

Marshalltown Schools end hybrid learning

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law Friday morning requiring Iowa schools to offer a 100 percent in-person learning option along with a 100 percent virtual learning option. Marshalltown Schools will end their hybrid learning option for grades seventh through twelfth on February 16, and ...

Marshall County facing COVID vaccine shortage

There is a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines. Marshall County Public Health Nurse Pat Thompson said next week, the county will only receive 300 doses. The last two weeks, Marshall County received 400 doses in each shipment. Thompson said each county in Iowa is facing a shortage, as are numerous ...

Biden opens ‘Obamacare’ window for uninsured as COVID rages

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered government health insurance markets to reopen for a special sign-up window, offering uninsured Americans a haven as the spread of COVID-19 remains dangerously high and vaccines aren’t yet widely available. Biden signed an executive ...

Democrats to ‘act big’ on $1.9T aid; GOP wants plan split

WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress and the White House rejected a Republican pitch to split President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan into smaller chunks on Thursday, with lawmakers appearing primed to muscle the sweeping economic and virus aid forward without GOP ...

Two outbreaks in Marshalltown long-term care facilities

The Iowa Veterans Home and Accura Healthcare of Marshalltown were listed with COVID-19 outbreaks this week by the Iowa Department of Public Health. IDPH reports five active cases at IVH and Accura has three. IVH Commandant Timon Oujiri said the IDPH number is inaccurate and IVH has seven ...

Second virus case confirmed at Iowa Capitol

DES MOINES — A announcement of a second positive case of coronavirus at the Iowa Capitol on Thursday again raised the issue of safety in the building. Iowa House Chief Clerk Meghan Nelson said in a statement to lawmakers that someone associated with the House tested positive on Wednesday. ...

Half of Iowa care facility workers refuse vaccination

With half the state’s nursing home workers having refused the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Kim Reynolds declined to say Wednesday whether employees at state-run care facilities should be required to get the vaccine. The head of the Iowa Department of Public Health said she wants to make sure ...

Gov. Reynolds expects increased vaccine allocation

JOHNSTON — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday the federal government is promising states a 17 percent increase in one of the vaccines the state receives starting in early February, potentially boosting the number of shots available amid frustration that eligible people have been unable to ...

Democrats prep Biden’s virus aid package with or without GOP

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are preparing to push ahead quickly on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package even if it means using procedural tools to pass the legislation on their own, leaving Republicans behind. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told senators to ...

More than 40% of IVH workers refuse vaccine

The leader of the Iowa Veterans Home says that despite participating in “educational seminars” on the COVID-19 vaccine, more than 40 percent of the nursing facility’s workers are still refusing the vaccine. Many of the workers at the state-run facility are state-licensed or ...

Report: Fewer than half Iowa Veterans Home workers given COVID-19 vaccine

Fewer than half the workers at the Iowa Veterans Home have received the coronavirus vaccine, according to the American Legion of Iowa. The Legion reported in its Jan. 16 newsletter that only 444 of the state-run home’s 904 workers received their first shot in the two-dose series when ...

Iowa reclaims title as state with the lowest rate of COVID-19 testing

The Washington Post reported Monday that Iowa has reclaimed its status as the state with the lowest rate of testing in the nation. On a per capita basis, Iowa currently ranks last in testing among the 50 states, administering 586 tests for every 100,000 residents over the past seven days, ...

Iowa virus patient ‘didn’t give up,’ released after 65 days

GUTTENBERG — Cheers and Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” rang through the halls of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital on Jan. 15 as staff bid adieu to their longest COVID-19 patient. Royce Hansel, 76, of Elkader, was released after a 65-day stay. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Nov. 8 ...

First responders, school staff next on vaccine list

Plans for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination continue to unfold and the Marshall County Public Health Department is working hard to put all of them in place. Public Health Nurse Pat Thompson said after healthcare workers are inoculated, efforts will begin to vaccinate people in the ...

County reports one death from COVID this week

Marshall County reported its 62nd death related to COVID-19 adding one in the last week. The county has had 4,286 positive cases since the start of the pandemic including 208 new cases in the last week. Iowa has recorded 4,445 deaths, including 51 new deaths on Thursday according to the ...

Iowans 65 or older soon to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

JOHNSTON — Iowa will expand the groups who can get a coronavirus vaccine to people ages 65 and older, among others, starting next month, even though the federal government hasn’t made good yet on its promises to send the state more doses, officials said Thursday. Iowa is still in its first ...

United Airlines posts $1.9 billion loss in pandemic-laden 4Q

United Airlines said Wednesday that it finished one of the worst years in its history by losing $1.9 billion in the last three months of 2020, and it predicted more of the same in the first quarter of this year. The loss was wider than analysts expected. The number of U.S. airline passengers ...

UnitedHealth overcomes pandemic hit

UnitedHealth’s fourth-quarter earnings tumbled as costs from COVID-19 hit the health insurance provider, but results still easily beat expectations. Health care use rebounded in the final quarter of 2020 after the global pandemic kept people away from doctor offices and surgery centers ...

Readers can prepare to walkthrough library doors

A “walkthrough phase” for the Marshalltown Public Library will begin Feb. 1 — pending low COVID-19 numbers. The library board met virtually to discuss its next phase of opening the doors on Tuesday evening. The library has been limited to curbside services since Nov. 12 when COVID-19 ...