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COVID-19

MCSD lifts mask mandate after court ruling

In response to a federal appellate court ruling issued Tuesday, the Marshalltown Community School District (MCSD) will change its official policy from requiring masks to strongly recommending them for students and staff members in grades pre-kindergarten through six. Previously, masks had ...

Is Omicron finally cresting?

After a record breaking week in terms of new cases, the surge of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 both in Marshall County and across Iowa may finally be slowing. The Marshall County Public Health Department reported 550 new local cases in the last seven days, a slight decline from the ...

Appeals court rules that some Iowa schools can impose mask mandates

Some Iowa schools can require face masks to comply with federal protections for students with disabilities, according to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. However, not all schools can justify a mask mandate for all students, the appellate court said. The ruling softens a prohibition on ...

Need a COVID test? Free mail-in tests available

Several sites in Marshalltown are still providing self-administered mail-in COVID-19 tests at no cost to those who need them. Free mail-in tests are available at the Marshalltown Public Library, 105 W. Boone St.; Primary Health Care, 412 E. Church St.,; UnityPoint Express Clinic, 1704 S. ...

Omicron continues to rage in Marshall County

Another week brought another new record for COVID cases in Marshall County, with a whopping 565 of them confirmed in the last seven days as the Omicron variant continues to spread across the state and the globe. By comparison, six months ago in July of 2021, there were just 731 new cases in ...

White House soft-launches COVID-19 test request website

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online. The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link for Americans to access an order form run by the ...