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COVID-19

Trump calls on Big Ten to play fall football

The Big Ten Conference, already in court and under pressure from players and parents over its decision to cancel fall football, is now hearing from President Donald Trump. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he had spoken with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren about reinstating the fall ...

Websites show discrepancies in Marshall County data

COVID-19 data supplied by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) website continues to show problems and discrepancies. On Saturday, the number of deaths in Iowa attributed to COVID-19 fluctuated. The number started at 1,108, fell to 894 and then jumped to 1,109. Also, the number of ...

Zoom rides pandemic to another quarter of explosive growth

SAN RAMON, Calif. — Zoom’s videoconferencing service is deepening its integral role in life during the pandemic as tens of thousands more businesses and other users pay for subscriptions to get more control over their virtual meetings. The surge in paying customers enabled Zoom to hail ...

Iowa continues to post high confirmed virus case numbers

DES MOINES — Iowa continued Monday to record a high number of new positive coronavirus cases as the state continues to struggle with spreading virus in several counties, including those with university campuses. Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health showed 611 new positive cases, ...

Big Ten presidents voted 11-3 to cancel fall football season

A court filing disclosed Monday shows Big Ten Conference presidents voted 11-3 to postpone the football season, bringing some clarity to a key question raised in a lawsuit brought by a group of Nebraska football players. The vote breakdown was revealed in the Big Ten’s response to the ...

Summer could give way to bleaker fall

As the Summer of COVID draws to a close, many experts fear an even bleaker fall and suggest that American families should start planning for Thanksgiving by Zoom. Because of the many uncertainties, public health scientists say it’s easier to forecast the weather on Thanksgiving Day than to ...

Crouser, Irby take top honors at Drake’s Blue Oval Showcase

DES MOINES — When Ryan Crouser steps into the shot put ring at Drake Stadium, you can expect a big performance. On Saturday at the Drake Blue Oval Showcase Presented by Mediacom, he even outdid himself. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist produced the greatest throw series in the history of ...

Iowa virus numbers vary due to website problem

DES MOINES — The numbers on Iowa’s online coronavirus tracker varied widely this weekend because of a maintenance problem with the site. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported Saturday morning that 1,108 Iowans had died from COVID-19. Later in the day, the number of deaths fell to ...

College football kicks off COVID-19 style in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — With masks, social distancing and mostly empty stands, the college football season kicked off COVID-19 style. Austin Peay and Central Arkansas, two teams fresh from FCS playoff appearances, took the stage at Cramton Bowl Saturday night in the Guardian Kickoff Classic. The ...

Marshall County Democrats deal with election during a pandemic

A pandemic is not a normal environment to be holding an election in. However, 2020 has consistently proven to be anything but normal. There have been natural disasters, protests for racial equality and COVID-19 and it has been a year unlike any other for the Marshall County Democrats and ...

Iowa tops NYT’s national list of COVID-19 hot spots

Iowa had the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 in the nation over the past seven days, the New York Times reported. The newspaper’s latest analysis showed Iowa with 220 cases per 100,000 people, well above North Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama and South Dakota among the hot spots. Iowa was ...

At least 11 COVID-19 deaths since July 3

At least one resident of Marshall County has died from COVID-19 every week for the last seven weeks. Since July 3 at least one person has died in Marshall County every week, with at least three dying in the last week of July. There were 67 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death was ...

NYT: In one day, Iowa records 1,258 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths

In Iowa, positive COVID-19 cases and deaths spiked in one day, according to the New York Times COVID-19 tracker. On Wednesday, 1,258 new cases were reported in Iowa. Over the past seven days, Iowa had an average of 760 cases per day, an increase of 70 percent from the average two weeks ...

COVID regulations in place for MHS athletics

Having a fall season is important to Marshalltown Activites Director Ryan Isgrig. It’s why he’s worked as hard as possible trying to implement and formalize a fall sport set of COVID-19 preventative guidelines. When the CIML released its set on August 14, it set the tone for what the ...

Rapid $5 coronavirus test doesn’t need specialty equipment

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized the first rapid coronavirus test that doesn’t need any special computer equipment to get results. The 15-minute test from Abbott Laboratories will sell for $5, giving it a competitive edge over similar tests that need ...

Reynolds: Bars must close in 6 counties as virus cases surge

JOHNSTON — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday ordered that all bars be closed in six of the state’s largest counties in response to surging numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases blamed in part on young people ignoring mask and social distancing recommendations in such ...

Crackdown on nonessential border travel causes waits

SAN DIEGO — A Trump administration crackdown on nonessential travel coming from Mexico amid the coronavirus pandemic has created massive bottlenecks at the border, with drivers reporting waits of up to 10 hours to get into the U.S. An employee at a company that provides support for ...

Zoom glitches, briefly grinding US schools to a halt

NEW YORK — Teachers and parents got a brief glimpse of a new kind of pandemic-era nightmare Monday when Zoom — the video-conferencing service that powers everything from distance learning to business meetings to casual, socially distant get-togethers — abruptly went dead. For roughly ...

Wild preseason sets up Peschong’s first year with Bobcat volleyball

There have certainly been smoother preseasons for Marshalltown volleyball. The Bobcats begin their season Tuesday on the road against Des Moines East at 7:30 p.m., playing in a gym different to the regular high-school gym due to a power outage at East. That outage and a large portion of the ...

Iowa confirms first child death from COVID as schools reopen

IOWA CITY — A young child died due to complications from coronavirus in June, the first confirmed death of a minor in Iowa during the pandemic, the state health department belatedly announced Sunday evening. The Iowa Department of Public Health said the state medical examiner’s office ...