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COVID-19

Gov. Reynolds announces new mitigation efforts

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced mask requirements and limitations on gatherings with a few catches during a live address on Monday. Starting Tuesday, when anyone is in an indoor public space, masks are required to be worn, but only if they are unable to socially distance and are in-person ...

2nd virus vaccine shows overwhelming success in U.S. tests

Moderna said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective in a major trial, a second dash of hope in the global race for a shot to tame a resurgent virus that is now killing more than 8,000 people a day worldwide. The company said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, ...

What does COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness mean?

What does COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness mean? It refers to the likelihood that a coronavirus shot will work in people. Two vaccine makers have said that preliminary results from their late-stage studies suggest their experimental vaccines are strongly protective. Moderna this week said ...

Poll workers contract virus, but Election Day link unclear

Despite painstaking efforts to keep election sites safe, some poll workers who came in contact with voters on Election Day have tested positive for the coronavirus, including more than two dozen in Missouri and cases in New York, Iowa, Indiana and Virginia. The infections cannot be tied ...

Holiday Stroll to continue with changes to event

Despite the restrictions placed on gatherings by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday due to rising COVID-19 cases, the Holiday Stroll in Marshalltown will go on. However, some alterations to the original plan have been made. The Nov. 21 event will no longer feature the Christmas Craft Village, music ...

District confirms 24 new COVID cases

The Marshalltown Community School District confirmed 24 new cases of COVID-19 among students and employees on Friday: • Total cases among students: 15 • Total cases among staff: nine The previous report, released on Nov. 7, confirmed 34 cases - 14 in students and 20 in staff. Reports ...

Labor, civil rights groups: Iowa failed to protect workers

Eight Iowa labor and civil rights groups filed a federal complaint Friday alleging the state has failed to protect workers in meatpacking, dairy, construction, transportation, health care facilities, nursing homes and other industries. The complaint filed with the federal Occupational Safety ...

Iowa tops 5,000 daily confirmed virus cases

Iowa surpassed 5,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases for the first time in a single day Friday as a surge in infections is sending more people to hospitals and pushing more schools to send student home for online classes. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 5,065 new confirmed cases ...

District confirms 24 new COVID cases

The Marshalltown Community School District confirmed 24 new cases of COVID-19 among students and employees on Friday: • Total cases among students: 15 • Total cases among staff: nine The previous report, released on Nov. 7, confirmed 34 cases - 14 in students and 20 in staff. Reports ...

Iowa posts sixth day of more than 4,000 positive virus cases

JOHNSTON — The coronavirus continued to spread broadly across Iowa Thursday as state officials said nearly 10 percent of the state’s schools have sought a waiver to temporarily educate students remotely instead of in classrooms. That’s 43 school districts and nonpublic schools operating ...

Congresswoman-elect says she has COVID-19

IOWA CITY— A Republican congresswoman-elect who flipped an Iowa seat in last week’s election said Thursday that she tested positive for the coronavirus. Ashley Hinson, a state representative and former television news anchor, said she learned of her positive test Wednesday night. Her ...

Marshall County records 11th highest virus case amount

Another COVID-19 related death was reported in Marshall County this week as the county rises to 11th most positive cases recorded in Iowa. There have been 38 local deaths tied to the novel coronavirus in the county, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. IDPH recorded 4,410 new ...

IVCCD athletics rising to COVID challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many athletic changes in the Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD). Marshalltown Community College Director of Athletics John Kriebs and Ellsworth Community College Director of Athletics and Student Life Nate Forsyth told the IVCCD Board of Directors ...

Iowa COVID-19 cases jump 203 percent

Iowa has seen a 203 percent jump in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, and hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise sharply, the New York Times reported. A White House task force in a report dated Nov. 8, obtained by ABC News Wednesday, called on Iowans to wear masks in public and to ...

South Tama to go all virtual

South Tama will move to all virtual learning starting Monday, Nov. 16. Classes will be resumed if possible Monday, Nov. 30. The Veterans Day parade scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday, Nov. 11 will continue as planned A letter to the South Tama community was sent by Superintendent Jared Smith ...

When and where to get COVID tested in Marshall County

Marshall County’s COVID-19 positivity rate is spiking and Gov. Kim Reynolds is urging Iowans to take precautions. The county’s positivity rate is 21.1 percent during the last 14 days according to the Iowa Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard. But Test Iowa is no longer available in ...

Veterans Day goes virtual at Iowa Veterans Home

Veterans Day will be celebrated a little differently at the Iowa Veterans Home this year. The annual celebration ceremony has been pre-recorded and will air on closed circuit television in the Iowa Veterans Home on Wednesday. Residents will have the ceremony broadcasted in their rooms and ...

Governor requiring masks for larger indoor gatherings

JOHNSTON — Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that she will require that people wear masks if they join indoor gatherings of 25 or more people as Iowa sees a surge of coronavirus infections that is threatening to overwhelm hospitals. Reynolds said she signed a proclamation taking effect ...

Marshalltown hospital stressed by COVID

While UnityPoint — Marshalltown has not reached full capacity for patients, it has gotten very close in recent weeks. Dr. Lance Van Gundy with the hospital said UnityPoint — Marshalltown can handle 25 to 26 non-intensive care unit (ICU) patients. However, the Marshalltown facility no ...