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COVID-19

Ethanol plants seek rule changes to resupply hand sanitizer

DES MOINES — As hospitals and nursing homes desperately search for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak, federal regulators are preventing ethanol producers from providing millions of gallons of alcohol that could be transformed into the germ-killing mixture. The U.S. Food and Drug ...

Highlights of Congress’ economic relief plan

WASHINGTON — Partial highlights of a roughly $2 trillion package to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. Details of the package, written by Trump administration officials and Democratic and Republican Senate leaders, were emerging ...

Lennox plant on shutdown after worker tests positive for COVID-19

The Lennox plant in Marshalltown halted production Thursday after learning an employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to Lennox employees. The only information released from Lennox in a local statement is the plant is on an emergency shutdown of all shifts with hopes of resuming ...

Iowa National Guard comes to Tama with supplies

Iowa National Guard soldiers delivered necessary medical personal protective equipment to Tama on Tuesday. Soldiers were sent to counties impacted by COVID-19, which also included Johnson, Polk and Pottawattamie. Soldiers from the 1133rd Transportation Company of Mason City and its ...

Marshalltown churches find solutions to COVID-19 isolation

Churches around Marshalltown are working hard to connect with people during the COVID-19 crisis after Gov. Kim Reynolds prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people. While most churches are using technology to share information and give resources, they find that nothing compares to in-person ...

Marshall County inmates healthy, will not be released early

Inmates at the Marshall County Jail are being protected from COVID-19. Sheriff Steve Hoffman said employee travel restrictions are in place and every day temperatures are taken of the staff members. Shortly after COVID-19 arrived in Iowa, Hoffman said his department responded to concerns ...

Business rolls on for trucking companies in Central Iowa

The COVID-19 pandemic has made many businesses in Iowa grind to a halt — most recently with Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proclamation Sunday stating that hairdressers, spas and other businesses should close for a minimum period of two weeks. There has been no shelter-in-place order in the state as of ...

Reynolds: Medical supplies ‘continue to be a challenge’

A day after Iowa logged its first COVID-19 death, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds made it clear the state has a significant shortage of medical equipment. In a state in which 17.1% of the 3.2 million residents, about 547,000, are over age 65, Iowa had 280 ventilators available for new patients ...

Potential virus treatment granted rare disease status

WASHINGTON — The pharmaceutical giant that makes a promising coronavirus drug has registered it as a rare disease treatment with U.S. regulators, a status that can potentially be worth millions in tax breaks and competition-free sales. What that specialty status will actually mean for the ...

Iowa Coronavirus cases now 145; hospitalizations rise to 23

DES MOINES — The leaders of two large hospitals in the Iowa county with the most coronavirus cases said Wednesday that they’re not pushing for a shelter-in-place order as imposed elsewhere, even as the coronavirus becomes more prevalent in the state. Johnson County accounts for 43 of the ...

Iowa announces its first death linked to coronavirus

IOWA CITY — A resident of northeastern Iowa is the first person in the state whose death has been linked to the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to spread statewide, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday. Reynolds identified the deceased as an “older adult” resident of Dubuque County who ...

Meals on Wheels still delivering to homes

The coronavirus pandemic has canceled or delayed million dollar sporting events but has not stopped the Marshalltown Meals on Wheels program. For more than 50 years Marshalltown volunteers have taken hot meals to individuals who wish to maintain independent living at home and who reside in ...

Marshalltown teachers get creative during break

With students home for at least a month, it can be difficult for them to continue learning. Even though school is not in session, Marshalltown teachers continue to work hard to care for students. Whether the efforts are digital or by delivering packages, the education of the Marshalltown ...

Gov. Reynolds: Shelter orders not needed as virus cases rise

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday that more aggressive orders to halt the movement of Iowans are not needed even though the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Reynolds said the state now has 105 positive cases, an increase of 15 from Sunday. They now span 26 counties. ...

Iowa positive coronavirus cases climb 19 to 124

DES MOINES — The number of positive cases of COVID-19 has grown by another 19 in Iowa, bringing the state total to 124 confirmed cases, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday. The latest report includes cases in Jasper County and Warren County in central Iowa. That means 30 counties in Iowa have ...

Iowa positive coronavirus cases climb 19 to 124

DES MOINES — The number of positive cases of COVID-19 has grown by another 19 in Iowa, bringing the state total to 124 confirmed cases, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday. The latest report includes cases in Jasper County and Warren County in central Iowa. That means 30 counties in Iowa have ...

Marshalltown school buildings transition to limited access

The Marshalltown Community School District Administration Office and school building offices are closed to the general public. Limited access for drop-off and pick-up purposes will still be available during regular business hours with either prior arrangement or through buzz-in front ...

Meskwaki woman diagnosed with COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new way of life for a lot of people but especially for Lindsey Johnson. The 31-year-old woman from the Meskwaki Settlement was diagnosed with COVID-19 Saturday morning. “I was like ‘Oh my God. Is this real?’” Johnson said on Saturday evening. “I ...

Marshalltown Moms offer tips for kids at home

With most families stuck in home for several weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic the Facebook group Marshalltown Moms offered some tips to avoid becoming stir crazy. Kirsten Schmit, a Marshalltown Mom contributor suggests providing kids a sense of structure. “Instead of staying in ...

Reynolds: Child care is vital to keep essential workers on the job

Gov. Kim Reynolds on Sunday defended her decision not to close child-care centers, even as schools have closed. She called on schools, community organizations and churches to make their spaces available for emergency child care centers for essential workers. Reynolds also announced Sunday that ...