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COVID-19

Reynolds vows to prohibit ‘vaccine passports’ in Iowa

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday she plans to take legislative or executive action to forbid the use of “vaccine passports” to prove individuals had received the COVID-19 vaccine. Reynolds encouraged Iowans to get vaccinated as soon as possible, taking whichever form of the vaccine ...

18 and older can get vaccinated in Marshall County

Even though the state of Iowa opened the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, it was surprisingly calm in Marshall County. Marshall County Public Health Nurse Pat Thompson said Monday was relatively uneventful, despite vaccine eligibility being opened to everyone age 16 and older. ...

Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Daniel Roberts hadn't had a vaccination since he was 6. No boosters, no tetanus shots. His parents taught him inoculations were dangerous, and when the coronavirus arrived, they called it a hoax. The vaccine, they said, was the real threat. So when the 29-year-old ...

Iowa opens vaccines to all adults

DES MOINES — Iowa opened coronavirus vaccination to everyone age 16 and older on Monday, as the state dealt with increasing spread of the virus and a seven-day death rate that was among the highest in the nation. State public health officials reported 68 more deaths on Sunday. Many of those ...

COVID-19 cases in Iowa fall

Iowa’s new COVID-19 cases fell from a spike last week, but hospitalizations and deaths remain high. Iowa’s COVID-19 cases were down 6 percent over the last seven days, the Washington Post reported Monday. The decrease follows a sharp increase last week, when cases were up 33.7 percent ...

MCC prepares vaccinations for students, staff

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is returning to Marshall County, and this time will go to the Marshalltown Community College. Iowa Valley Community College District Chancellor Kristie Fisher said initial conversations between the school and government officials indicated the vaccines will ...

4 COVID cases confirmed in school district

The Marshalltown Community School District confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 among students and employees on Thursday: • Total cases among students: four • Total cases among staff: zero This week’s case number is the same as last week, which had four confirmed cases of COVID-19. ...

State withholds nursing home outbreak data

In response to a formal open-records complaint, the Iowa Department of Public Health is continuing to withhold data regarding COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa nursing homes. In December 2020, the Iowa Capital Dispatch requested an updated version of the spreadsheet the department maintains on ...

4 virus cases confirmed in school district

The Marshalltown Community School District confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 among students and employees on Friday: • Total cases among students: four • Total cases among staff: zero This week’s case number is two more than last week, which had two confirmed cases of COVID-19. ...

Iowa virus trajectory echoes national upward trend

DES MOINES — Iowa coronavirus data continued to suggest Friday that virus activity is increasing in the state, with virus infections and deaths continuing to rise. Similar trends were noted Friday by the White House COVID-19 Response Team members who expressed concerns about rising ...

Library to turn page on extended opening

The Marshalltown Public Library is ready for its next chapter in the long pandemic story. Starting Monday the library will expand its hours and services. The extended opening is the next step toward a new normal, according to Director Sarah Rosenblum. The new hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m., ...

Demand still exceeds vaccine supply

As of Thursday, UnityPoint — Marshalltown had initiated COVID-19 vaccines to 714 patients, and 183 of those have received second doses. Administrator Shari King said approximately 80 percent of patients contacted about the vaccine come in to get inoculated, and that is a percentage she is ...

4 cases confirmed in district

The Marshalltown Community School District confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 among students and employees on Friday: • Total cases among students: four • Total cases among staff: zero This week’s case number is two more than last week, which had two confirmed cases of COVID-19. So ...

A year into pandemic, veterans halls ‘barely hanging’ on

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Paul Guilbeault knew the writing was on the wall for the last Veterans of Foreign Wars post in this city south of Boston when businesses across Massachusetts were ordered to close as the coronavirus pandemic took hold last March. Within six months, the 90-year-old ...

2 cases confirmed in school district

The Marshalltown Community School District confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 among students and employees on Friday: • Total cases among students: two • Total cases among staff: zero This week’s case number is two less than last week, which had four confirmed cases of COVID-19. So ...

County administers vaccines to everyone older than 67

There are absolutely no outbreaks of COVID-19 at any of the long-term care facilities in Iowa and six days after the state loosened the restrictions on visitation. Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Timon Oujiri said the facility is not 100 percent open yet but visitors are coming in of all ages. ...

2 cases confirmed in MCSD

The Marshalltown Community School District confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 among students and employees on Friday: • Total cases among students: two • Total cases among staff: zero This week’s case number is two less than last week, which had four confirmed cases of COVID-19. So ...

Iowa plans to open vaccines to all residents on April 5

JOHNSTON — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that all Iowa residents will be eligible for coronavirus vaccinations on April 5 as long as supply projections are met. The federal government is promising a surge in supply in late March that will enable enough vaccinations to meet much ...

Mayor to follow lead on lifting mask mandate

It has been more than three months since Mayor Joel Greer made a mayoral proclamation requiring COVID-19 mitigation efforts in Marshalltown. The proclamation, which urges social distancing and wearing masks in public was extended without an expiration date in January. Greer said he is ...